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The Little Mermaid (Diamond Edition)
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Oct 29, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
The Little Mermaid (Diamond Edition) order
Director:
John Musker

Actors:
Jodi Benson
Christopher Daniel Barnes
Ron Clements

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Ariel, a headstrong mermaid princess, rescues a human from drowning and falls in love with him as a result. In light of her father forbidding her to go to the surface, she strikes a deal with an evil sea witch giving her three days to make the prince of her dreams fall in love with her.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It’s hard to believe this one dates back to 89. I remember watching it for the first time at the dentist office while waiting for my appointment. At this point, my love affair with Disney films hadn’t blossomed. I had no interest in this flick or BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, but ALADDIN and THE LION KING are what won me over. That said, I’ve always loved the idea of Atlantis (or life under the sea), so there was a small interest to be nourished here. I enjoyed it as a kid, and I have to say its aged fairly well, considering the rather simple subtext. My two year old daughter enjoyed it, so that’s what counts.

I didn’t remember this flick having so many songs, but thankfully they’re not terrible—especially the one’s featuring Sebastion the crab. I’ll be honest, he’s this film’s saving grace by a long shot. From his smartass remarks, to his hilarious scene with the chef, Sebastion is what makes this film truly enjoyable for those on my side of the gender pool. Ursula is still an amusing villain (loved her boss battle in KINGDOM HEARTS), again, despite a pretty simple setup and endgame. The love story of a rebellious mermaid/teen who dreams of life on the surface is still fun, and well, who doesn’t love a happy ending, right?

THE LITTLE MERMAID is a great addition to the Disney trove, and though it doesn’t absolutely shine by today’s standards, this was one of the most noticeable turning points in the Disney catalog when it comes to diversity (ALADDIN wins that award). There’s still much to be said about the Disney of today vs. the Disney of 89, but this remains a fun filled family treat the kids will enjoy. If there are no kids in the picture, this may not be the title you’re looking for, outside of completing a collection. As per most Disney Diamond Edition releases, this one’s action packed with hours of special features making it a solid purchase even if you have the DVD.
THE EXTRAS
@DisneyAnimation: The directors of THE LITTLE MERMAID along with several Disney animators discuss their love of animation and the long road Disney has traveled. I’d love to hear one of them bring up the dick/spiral scandal.

Under the Scene: A look at how they used real underwater pics as muses for the animated stuff. The animation was pretty badass for the time.

Howard’s Lecture: A piece about Howard Ashman, a lyricist who worked on many Disney films and who passed away in 1991 from AIDS.

Deleted Character: Harold the Merman: Harold would have had a scene with Ursula, but it got the kybosh. Kumar never made it in either.

Part of Her World: Jodi Benson (the voice of Ariel), takes her kids to Disney world. That moment when you realize Arial is your mom.

Crab-E-Oke Sing Along: A karaoke presentation of “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “Les Poissons” and “Kiss the Girl”. With enough booze in my system, I’d have a blast tackling “Les Poissons”.

Music Video: The chick who sings “Call Me Maybe” also sang and performed the video “Part of Your World”. Who knew?

That’s it for the new stuff, but we also get all of the special features from the DVD: Commentary with Ron Clements, John Musker and Alan Menken, Deleted Scenes, Backstage Disney (9 featurettes), Music & More, Disneypedia: Life Under the Sea, Behind the Ride that Almost Was, and Under the Sea Adventure.

Previews: There are a ton of trailers as well as a DVD and Digtial Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I consider this to be a well-rounded title, and again, the beginning of a new age for Disney. They’ve certainly come a long way, and this would make a fine addition to any collection as well as a fun title for the kids and young at heart.
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3:57AM on 10/29/2013
Definitely a classic. I got a hold of the 3D release and was pleasantly surprised by how effective the conversion job was. Probably not the easiest thing to try and inject stereoscopy into a traditionally animated film, but it worked.
Definitely a classic. I got a hold of the 3D release and was pleasantly surprised by how effective the conversion job was. Probably not the easiest thing to try and inject stereoscopy into a traditionally animated film, but it worked.
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