In honor of its 30th anniversary, two-time Academy Award®-winner (Best Original Score and Best Original Song “Under the Sea,” 1989) “The Little Mermaid,” dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. The magical, musical tale of mermaid princess Ariel — along with loveable sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder, and the love-to-hate sea witch Ursula — is shore to make a splash with all generations when it comes home for the first time Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12, and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ on Feb. 26.
The Signature Edition of “The Little Mermaid” showcases its award-winning musical score and iconic songs such as “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World” with a sing-along mode allowing you to accompany this beloved cast of characters on their journey. Never-before-seen bonus features bring legendary composer Alan Menken and some of Disney’s most recognizable leading ladies together around a piano to reminisce, sing and celebrate “The Little Mermaid.” The latest installment of “Stories from Walt’s Office” compares Walt and Ariel’s love of collecting treasures. Viewers will also receive an inside look at the “The Little Mermaid” cast in their original recording sessions, explore hidden treasures and fun facts from the film, and enjoy a special performance of “Part of Your World” by a cappella singing sensation DCapella. Plus, fans will have access to hours of additional classic bonus features!
“The Little Mermaid” is the seventh title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King” and “Lady and the Tramp.”
Thanks to Disney, we received an advanced copy to evidence all the New bonus features along with the precisely released 3 hours of extra content!
Alan Menken & the Leading Ladies Sing
In this featurete we see a new interview with Jodi Beson, the original voice of Ariel, and Alan Menken. They were joined by, Paige O’Hara (Belle), Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas Singing Voice), Lillias White (Calliope in Hercules ) and Donna Murphy (Mother Gothel in Tangled). They discuss the animation process of their characters as well as how Disney changes the face of animation. They discuss the making of the unconditional songs “Part of Your World,” “Something There,” “Colors of the Wind,” and more.
“What I Want From You…Is YOUR VOICE” –
Previously unreleased footage of the recording sessions for the voice cast of The Little Mermaid including Scuttle, Sebastian, Ursula and Ariel.
Stories From Walt’s Office – Gadgets & Gizmos
In this featurette we get a tour of Walt Disney’s office that contains a collection of miniatures which were gifted from around the world. He was often inspired by the gadgets and trinkets that surrounded him which is why he kept them in his office on display.
Here we learn things we didn’t know about the movie like “Part if Your World” almost being cut from the film. We also see some hidden guests in King Tritons presentation. See if you can spot the hidden Mickey.
DCapella “Part of Your World” Music Video
This features the classic song done dacapella style.
With this feature you can watch the movie in sing along mode and join in on the fun!
Classic Bonus Features
Deleted Character: Harold The Merman
In the Little Mermaid we only see King Triton but there was another merman originally written, Harold.
Under The Scene: The Art Of Live Action Reference
In this featurette we see how the animators went back to use live action as a reference to see how the characters would move naturally when animating them. This makes the characters believable and helps create an emotional connection.
The directors, producers and cast discuss how Howard Ashman was invested and in love with animation which was what made him invaluable to a lot of the early Disney films. Here we get to see the lecture he recorded back when Disney was embarking on animation once again.
Audio Commentary With Ron Clements, John Musker and Alan Menken