Disney’s The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition on Blu-ray and DVD Oct 1, 2013

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition available for the first time in Blu-ray Hi Def 3D with new picture and sound restoration on October 1, 2013.  The Oscar-winning film The Little Mermaid features the beloved Ariel (voice of Jodi Benson), a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, who strikes a bargain with the devious seawitch Ursula (voice of Pat Carroll), trading her fins and beautiful voice for legs in hopes of winning the love of a prince.  Continue reading for more details on bonus features from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s press release.

Update August 20, 2013

Carly Rae Jepsen - Part of Your WorldGrammy-nominated music superstar Carly Rae Jepsen’s new version of the classic The Little Mermaid song “Part of Your World” is set for a digital single release from Walt Disney Records today, August 20th.  Click here to download from iTunes.  A sneak peek of the music video will debut exclusively on Disney Channel beginning August 24th, with the full-length version only available on the upcoming Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray and Digital HD for the first time October 1st, 2013.  The single will also be included on Walt Disney Records’ The Little Mermaid Greatest Hits, available in digital and physical formats on September 24th.

Update June 14, 2013

Disney has teamed up with the voice of a new generation, Grammy-nominated music superstar Carly Rae Jepsen, to record a new version of The Little Mermaid’s beloved song “Part of Your World,” which will appear as a music video on the upcoming Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack releases.

Canadian singer/songwriter and breakout pop sensation, Carly Rae Jepsen burst onto the scene with her Top Ten U.S. debut album Kiss and its global smash hit “Call Me Maybe,” which held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks and climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in more than 47 countries, while her music videos have amassed over 600 million VEVO views.  Jepsen won the 2012 American Music Award for Best New Artist and received two 2012 GRAMMY Award nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year.  Her new single, “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” The Remix ft. Nicki Minaj from her Top Ten debut album Kiss is out now.  Ms. Jepsen is set to dazzle our world again with an exciting new rendition of the classic ballad “Part of Your World.”

JODI BENSON HELPS OPEN NEW FANTASYLAND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Actress and singer Jodi Benson, who provided the voice of Ariel in Disney's animated classic "The Little Mermaid," poses Dec. 6, 2012 at the "Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid" attraction at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom theme park. Photo by Kent Phillips © Disney. All rights reserved.

 

“Part of Your World” was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman and originally recorded for the movie by American actress and singer Jodi Benson, who gave voice to Disney’s favorite underwater princess, Ariel.  The song is a Broadway-style ballad in which young heroine Ariel expresses her desire to be a part of the human world.

Original article follows below

Disney's The Little Mermaid Blu-ray DVD

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment press release

Originally released in 1989, The Little Mermaid theatrically in 1989, kicking off a boom in Disney animation, which followed with Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994) and Pocahontas (1995).  The film triggered future theme park attractions and in-home video releases, and Ariel became a beloved member of the prestigious club of Disney princesses.

The Little Mermaid Blu-ray DVD

The Little Mermaid garnered two Academy Awards, including Best Original Score (Alan Menken) and Best Original Song (Menken/Howard Ashman, “Under the Sea”).  Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who went on to direct Aladdin, Hercules, and The Princess and the Frog.

The Little Mermaid Blu-ray DVD

The film also garnered two Golden Globes for Best Original Score – Motion Picture (Menken) and Best Original Song – Motion Picture (Menken/Ashman, “Under the Sea”), and two GRAMMYs for Best Recording for Children (Ashman/Menken) and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television (Menken/Ashman, “Under the Sea”).

Voice talent for the film included:

  • Jodi Benson (Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3) as Ariel
  • Samuel E. Wright (The Lion King Broadway Show) as Sebastian
  • Jason Marin (Back to the Future) as Flounder
  • Pat Carroll (Laverne and Shirley) as Ursula
  • Buddy Hackett (The Music Man) as Scuttle
  • Christopher Daniel Barnes (The Brady Bunch Movie) as Eric
  • Kenneth Mars (Young Frankenstein) as Triton
  • Ben Wright (The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians) as Grimsby
  • Paddi Edwards (Hercules) as Flotsam and Jetsam
  • Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) as Carlotta the maid
  • Will Ryan (The Land Before Time) as Harold the Seahorse
  • Rene Auberjonois (The Patriot) as Chef Louis

The Little Mermaid Blu-ray DVD

Bonus features for The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition to include

  • All-New Music Video
  • @ Disney Animation
  • Disney Intermission
  • Deleted Character
  • The Real Little Mermaid: Live Action Reference Model
  • Part of Her World: Jodi Benson’s Voyage To New Fantasyland
  • Howard’s Lecture
  • Classic DVD Bonus Features

The Little Mermaid is rated G (bonus features not rated) and approximately 83 minutes in length.  For more family movie news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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