THE LITTLE MERMAID Diamond Edition DVD Review and Activity Pages

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition became available for the first time on Blu-ray Hi Def 3D with new picture and sound restoration on October 1, 2013.  By now everyone knows the 1989 Oscar-winning film that introduced the world to Ariel (voice of Jodi Benson) for the first time.  The fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, struck a bargain with the devious seawitch Ursula (voice of Pat Carroll), and traded her fins and beautiful voice for legs to win the love of Prince Eric.  Since Disney’s The Little Mermaid is now 24 years old, we won’t be reviewing the film here, but instead my 15 year old daughter Maggie (an Ariel aficionado) will share her impressions of the disc’s bonus features.  In addition, just as The Little Mermaid inspired a whole generation to find their voice, check out the tips on “Finding Your Voice” in the button below and enjoy some activities and coloring pages inspired by this Disney Classic.

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Continue reading for Maggie’s thoughts on the DVD special features, but be forewarned, our Little Mermaid expert has high expectations when it comes to the finned princess.

Little Mermaid DE Combo Pack

Review by Maggie Parfitt (age 15)

The bonus feature were not impressive, and there weren’t any that I really loved.  The Harold the Merman scene was interesting, but I don’t think it really made me understand the movie or animation in a new way.

The live action reference was interesting, but very similar to other live-action bonus features on other Disney DVDs like Peter Pan, Cinderella, or Sleeping Beauty.  Although, I think you would get a lot out of it if you had never seen any of the process before.

The Carly Rae Jepsen music video of Part of Your World was just a music video, and not even a very good one.


Part of Your World – Carly Rae Jepsen on Disney Video

The piece about Jodi Benson visiting Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom was completely artificial. It was just an ad going over all the things in New Fantasyland.

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.

 

The behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios was boring too.  It was just a bunch of young animators talking about how it was the best job ever.  There was no animation work shown.  There was a lecture about “Music in Movies” by Howard Ashman that I didn’t watch, that might have been interesting.  [Editor’s/Dad note: I thought the lecture with the late Howard Ashman was very interesting, and enjoyed seeing him work beside a young Jodi Benson offering critiques, notes, and advice.]

The disc does come with access to the bonus features included on the first DVD release, and that’s a plus because I remember those being interesting.  I think Disney had just used up their behind-the-scenes footage when the DVD first came out.  So, don’t buy the Blu-ray just for the bonus features, BUY it if you want the movie.

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Editor’s/Dad’s Note: In addition to the bonus features Maggie mentioned above, the disc also includes Disney’s Second Screen and Crab-E-OKE.  George Gensler provides a detailed review of THE LITTLE MERMAID Second Screen Live experience in this post.

DISCLOSURE: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment provided “Adventures by Daddy” with a complimentary copy of THE LITTLE MERMAID Diamond Edition Blu-ray combo pack for the purposes of this review.  However, if you couldn’t tell, all opinions expressed are those of the author.  For more family movie news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.