Disney’s The Little Mermaid Blu-ray Combo Pack Review
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my experience with the product.
The Little Mermaid was definitely the Disney film that represents my childhood, and tomorrow, October 1st, 2013, a new generation of children will discover the magic of true love, father/daughter relationships, friendship, laughter, and an unforgettable adventure under the sea with Ariel and her friends—just as I did all those years ago. This is the first time that The Little Mermaid has been brought to Blu-ray in a combo pack with DVD and Digital Copy, so do not miss your chance to own this award-winning film before it disappears back into the Disney vault. And if you love watching your films in 3D, then be sure to check out the Diamond Edition Blu-ray 3D set, too.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a re-imagining of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name. It was a story my mother had read to me as a small child, one that had made me cry for the little mermaid. Disney’s version features songs and laughter and a happier ending for the mermaid I loved so much.
Sixteen-year-old Ariel (Jodi Benson) dreams of what life would be like on land with legs. Her father, Triton, is ruler of the merfolk and has forbidden his people to go above the surface. Curious Ariel is enamored by all of the human trinkets she has found on the ocean floor, and trusts in her seagull friend Scuttle (Buddy Hackett) to tell her all about humans and what their lives are like. Sebastian (Samuel E. Wright), an uptight crab and Triton’s trusted friend, tries his best to convince Ariel that she is right where she belongs. Ignoring Sebastian, she once again goes above the waves to investigate a strange shape floating on the surface.
When Ariel lays eyes on handsome prince Eric (Daniel Barnes), she is willing to do anything to be with him. After rescuing him from a sudden storm that destroys his ship, Ariel makes a bargain with the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) and gives up her voice for legs. If she can’t make Eric fall in love with her after three days, she will belong to Ursula forever!
The Little Mermaid was a film I just couldn’t wait to share with my daughter. She has loved it ever since I showed her the DVD several years ago, and just like me as a child, she has a collection of dolls and action figures from the film. Watching the Blu-ray together allowed us to experience one of our favorite children’s classics with better sound and picture—it looks even more stunning than when I first saw it in theaters.
As an adult, I think I am finally now starting to view the story from a parental point of view. The last few times I’ve watched The Little Mermaid, I’ve started to cry when Triton makes a decision at the end of the movie that will change Ariel’s life forever. I always related most to Ariel, but now as a parent with a little girl who is quickly growing up, I’m beginning to relate more to King Triton. Every time I start sniffling, my daughter will glare at me and immediately start tickling me so I will laugh instead of cry. At her age, she only understands the fun characters, catchy songs, and vibrant colors. As she grows up, her perspective about this movie will change. It may be a movie we have both seen hundreds of times by then, but it’s amazing how many new lessons we learn from it as we experience more of life for ourselves.
Bonus Features New for Blu-ray
“Part of Your World” Music Video with Carly Rae Jepsen Carly Rae Jepsen puts a pop spin on this Broadway-style song with a creative music video that has its own water to land story to tell.
@DISNEYANIMATION Journey inside of Walt Disney Animation Studios with the talented animators who have brought your favorite new Disney characters to life. Learn how Disney classics inspired them to pursue their own dreams of working for Disney when they grew up.
Disney Intermission When you pause the film, the fun keeps happening! Sebastian the Crab entertains with Crab-E-oke featuring favorite songs “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “Les Poisson,” and “Kiss the Girl.”
Deleted Character: Harold the Merman This character was near and dear to Ron Clements and John Musker, but he was cut from the final version of the film. Now you can see what happens to an “unfortunate soul” who could not hold up his end of the bargain with the slippery sea witch Ursula.
Under the Scene: Live Action Reference Directors and writers Ron Clements and John Musker provide commentary about using live models for animation on The Little Mermaid. Kathryn Beaumont (the voice of “Wendy” and “Alice”) also shares her stories of being a live action model for her beloved characters. Compare the footage of the live action models to what you see in the movie; they are spot on!
Howard’s Lecture Howard Ashman, the lyricist and executive producer of The Little Mermaid, is shown during a lunch-time lecture where he talked about when he first joined the studio. Other video includes him standing side by side with voice artists and animators, walking them through their parts.
Jodi Benson’s Voyage to New Fantasyland Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel, takes her husband and children to the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World and experiences the ride and Eric’s beachside palace while sharing with her children what Ariel has meant to her all these years.