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The Little Mermaid
Reviewed by
Ryan Adams
on
The Little Mermaid Blu-ray Review The Little Mermaid is a great Disney release perfect for the kids that grew up on it and want to relive the tale or new kids that need a little gem to watch. Unlike so many other animation studios the Disney classics always manage to hold up over the years. So don’t miss out, pick up The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray before Disney closes the vault once again on this classic.
Rating:
5.0

Feature 10
Video 9.0
Audio 10
Special Features 9.0
Total 10
Distributor: Disney
Genre: Animation
Running Time: 83 Minutes
Reviewer: Ryan Adams
Classification
: G

10

 
The Little Mermaid

Relive the under the sea tale of a girl that just wants to live on the land and meet her prince.

Back in 1989 Disney Animation Studios had really hit a low after such poor releases like the forgettable “The Black Caldron” and “Basil – The Great Mouse Detective” they were looking for a new animated blockbuster to bring back the magic to the house of mouse. They found it in a mermaid with dreams to be up where they run, up where they stay all day in the…. Ok I’m breaking into song. But that’s what the little mermaid does to you.  

If you were a kid in the 80’s like me you no doubt have seen this but if by chance you lived in a box I’ll give you a quick rundown.  A teenage mermaid named Ariel along with her best friend Flounder (a talking, well…Flounder) has dreams to have legs and get out of the water and meet her Prince Charming, but those dreams have been beyond her reach until the day she befriends the evil sea monster Ursula who trades her a pair of legs in return for Ariel’s voice.

The little mermaid is written in the same vein of the entire Disney princess back catalogue namely Cinderella and I think it’s that recipe that made this Disney movie an instant classic. Most girls want to be a princess and most want to meet their Prince Charming and get away from their parents. So as the saying goes if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Ariel voiced by Jodi Benson, is the perfect modern day princess, she’s independent, she’s courageous and very much a teenager.  Minus the fact she has fins she is truly a believable character but Disney never relies simply on their main character there is always a great supporting cast.  The little mermaid is no different. Tagging along in the journey is Sebastian the Reggae singing crab that not only snags one but two of the best songs of the film, Flounder,  Ariel’s scaredy cat best friend, Scuttle the wise cracking seagull and King Triton Ariel’s father.

 

The Little Mermaid is one of Disney’s Musical pictures and contains over 7 songs but rather than just having one or two great songs like most others basically every song is great and more than likely will stay in your head for days to come. The 7.1 Disney Digital transfer is immaculate. The music fills the room but never over does it with heavy bass or treble.

The transfer of the Remastered Blu-ray is incredible. The film comes out as crisp as can be. The colours are vibrant and quality is top notch. Yet it’s somewhat apparent in the film scratches that are scattered throughout the transfer that not as much care was taken with this release as the flawless Beauty and the Beast. However it has to be taken into account that the Little Mermaid is 2 years older.

The Blu-ray release is pack with bonus features. One of my favourites was the” The Real Little Mermaid: Live Action Reference Model” which by the title suggests takes a quick yet in-depth look at how using an actor for reference, the animators acted out and drew over a lot of the scenes from the movie. It was very interesting to see how the process happened and the little things that actress Sherri Stoner brought to the character. It made me wonder how many other movies used this method and how much of the character comes for the actor that is used for the reference rather than the voice actor that will normally take the credit. If you get a chance check it out.

The Little Mermaid is a great Disney release perfect for the kids that grew up on it and want to relive the tale or new kids that need a little gem to watch. Unlike so many other animation studios the Disney classics always manage to hold up over the years. So don’t miss out, pick up The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray before Disney closes the vault once again on this classic.

BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES -

  • All-New Music Video

  • 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

  • @ Disney Animation

  • Deleted Character

  • Disney Intermission






 
 



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