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“Under the Sea” Adventure: A Virtual Ride Inspired by Disney Imagineering — Experience the Theme Park Ride That Was Almost Built — Ride It and Go Behind the Scenes
DisneyPedia: Life Under the Sea — Learn About the Real-Life Animals That Inspired the Movie Characters
Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
Exclusive Animated Short, “The Little Match Girl”
Treasures Untold: The Making of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”
“The Little Mermaid III” Musical Sneak Peek
Commentary by co-writers/directors John Musker and Ron Clements and composer Alan Menken
Storm Warning: “The Little Mermaid” Special Effects Unit
The Story Behind the Story: featurette on author Hans Christian Anderson
Early presentation reel
“Silent is Golden” song demo
“‘The Little Mermaid,’ one of the most celebrated animated films of all time — and winner of two Academy Awards® (Best Music, Original Score; Best Music, Original Song, “Under the Sea,” 1989) — splashes onto an exciting 2-Disc DVD with an all-new digital restoration. Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, is off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian at her side. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come trueand save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula! Dive into a world of music and adventure in this new 2-Disc Platinum Edition your family will enjoy again and again!”
“The Little Mermaid” is rated G.
The most notable thing about the film is the soundtrack it is arguably the best of the Disney animated features. “Kiss the Girl,” “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World,” and others are way better than any songs in recent memory and you’ll be humming them long after the film is over. They are a large part of why this movie worked and why Disney Animation was rejuvenated.
Like all of the other Disney Platinum Edition DVDs, the bonus features are unparalleled. Every imaginable aspect of the making of the film was covered. But even I was shocked when Jeffrey Katzenberg appeared on the making-of video. After a much publicized bad split with Disney, it was really cool to see him come back and talk about the film he was very much a part of. A number of surprising guest stars also take part in the documentary including Frank Oz, John Waters, and others. A few surprising revelations were also made namely Ursula was patterned after the drag queen Devine. The making-of video ends up being a really, really interesting documentary.
A number of other bonus features are also included. There’s a pop-music video of “Kiss the Girl” performed by Ashley Tisdale (yet another of the generic teen pop stars they offer up). There’s an interesting documentary on a “Little Mermaid” ride for Disneyland that was scrapped. They have a virtual version of the ride along with interviews with the creators. Your standard offerings are also here including deleted scenes (which reveal Triton and Ursula were siblings), DisneyPedia: Life Under the Sea, commentary with the film, sing-alongs, art galleries, a feature on Hans Christen Anderson, a sneak preview of “The Little Mermaid III,” and more. You’ll also find an animated short, “The Little Match Girl,” based on another Anderson story. If it doesn’t make you tear up, you might just be a heartless robot.
Whether you have kids to entertain or if you grew up watching “The Little Mermaid,” this DVD is a worthy addition to your collection.