I was an adult by the time The Little Mermaid came out, actually I think I was barely eighteen, but I had to see it! Hey, this was the first Disney movie with a heroine who wasn’t blond. She was a redhead like me. Woot! Disney fairytales always have a way of making girls of any age wish for their own happy ending, so my friend Angela accompanied me to watch it in the theater because there is no way I would have gone by myself. Then we went out for dinner like adults because it was girls night. We both loved the movie and I knew then that if I was ever blessed with a daughter, I would make sure she watched it, too. Little did I know that Ariel would become that wished-for daughter’s favorite Disney Princess.
Who can resist a tale about giving up your most cherished gift for your one true love? Or a Reggae signing crab named Sebastian? Certainly not me! Or my little girl.
On October 1, 2013, The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition debuted in Diamond Edition Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, Digital Copy and HD and SD Digital formats. This is only for a limited time and, as the commercials always say, then it goes back into the vault. Forever.
From The Walt Disney Studios:
Finally releasing from the Disney vault, The Little Mermaid is the ultimate at-home viewing experience, Disney’s Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film, and a variety of never-before-seen bonus features, that allows families to experience Ariel’s underwater adventures like never before in wondrously immersive 3-D. This Combo Pack includes the Blu-ray 3D, a Blu-ray, a DVD, a Digital Copy, plus a 10 Music Track Download.
The Little Mermaid is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale about a beautiful mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human. It was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (“Aladdin”) and features the voice talents of Jodi Benson (“Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3”) as Ariel, Pat Carroll (“Laverne & Shirley”) as Ursula, Samuel E. Wright (Broadway’s “The Lion King”) as Sebastian, Christopher Daniel Barnes (“The Brady Bunch Movie”) as Eric, Kenneth Mars (“Young Frankenstein”) as Triton, Buddy Hackett (“The Music Man”) as Scuttle, Jason Marin (“Back to the Future”) as Flounder and René Auberjonois (“The Patriot”) as Chef Louis. The film was originally released in theaters on November 15, 1989 and is the 28th film in the Walt Disney Studios animated features canon, and the first in the Disney Animation Renaissance.
Bonus Features Include:
- “Part of Your World” Music Video” Performed by Carly Rae Jepsen – Join Grammy-nominated recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen as she celebrates the return of “The Little Mermaid” with her recording of the beloved theme song, “Part of Your World.”
- @DISNEYANIMATION – This new series takes viewers under the hat at Walt Disney Animation Studios and introduces them to the new generation of talent making animated magic by using the influence of the past to steer the future in exciting new ways.
- Disney Intermission (Crab-E-OKE Sing-Along) – Join Sebastian the Crab for Crab-E-oke Sing-Along featuring Part Of Your World, Under The Sea, Poor Unfortunate Souls, Les Poisson and Kiss The Girl.
- Deleted Character – Harold The Merman – Learn about Harold, a “Poor Unfortunate Soul” who didn’t make it into the final cut of the film.Under the Scene – The Art of Live-Action Reference – Directors Ron Clements and John Musker reminisce about how they revived the art of live-action reference for animation with “The Little Mermaid.” You will view uncanny footage of these sessions that match directly to some of the most iconic scenes in the movie.
- Part of Her World: Jodi Benson’s Voyage to New Fantasyland – “The Little Mermaid” has been an important part of Jodi Benson’s world for the past 25 years. Bringing Ariel to life has brought her closer to experiencing an enchanted life. Now, as a mother, she wants to bring this magic to her children and make it part of their world and there is no better place to do so than at New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World.
- Howard’s Lecture – Howard Ashman was not only the lyricist and Executive Producer of movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and The Beast.” He also influenced the whole renaissance of Disney Animation. Join him as he gives a lunch-time lecture around the time he was new to the studio where he walks the animators through the songs of the film and his take on music and songs for the stage and screen. Much of this archival video has never been seen before…until now.
- Classic DVD Bonus Features Include: Treasure’s Untold: The Making of the Little Mermaid, Storm Warning: The Little Mermaid Special Effects Unit, The Little Mermaid: The Story Behind The Story, Under The Sea Early Presentation Reel, Original Theatrical Trailer, Deleted Scenes with Introductions, Disney Song Selection, Audio Commentary with Ron Clements, John Musker and Alan Menken, “Kiss The Girl” Music Video Performed By Ashley Tisdale, The Little Match Girl With Intro, DisneyPedia: Life Under the Sea, Under The Sea Adventure: A Virtual Ride Inspired By Disney Imagineers.
How cool is that? I can’t wait to watch this with Ro! She is going to think I’m the best mommy, ever…at least until the movie ends, that is. But then I’ll get to annoy her by signing Kiss The Girl, Under the Sea and Part of Your World at the top of my lungs while dropping her off at school, so it all works out in the end, right? Plus, I can do my booty dance during the karaoke bonus feature and truly embarrass my kid.
I’m a good mom like that.
For some interactive fun, you and your little girl can go to the Little Mermaid movie site where you can watch video song clips and play some neat games.
One lucky LSOS reader will win The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-Ray+DVD Combo Pack. All you have to do is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below to enter.
This giveaway is open to U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY age 18+ and ends at 11:59pm PST on October 24, 2013. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
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