by Al Kessel
"Undah the sea...undah the sea...darlin' it's better down where it's wetta take it from MEEEE!" Oh man...that Sebastian REALLY can sing!
What do you get when you cross a stubborn willed, disobedient teen aged girl who wants what she wants, no matter the cost, and a mythical sea dwelling race? Well, Disney's The Little Mermaid of course! Back in 1989, Disney brought to life the adventures of strong willed and free-spirited teen-aged mermaid called Ariel, who sets off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend Flounder (yep, a fish) and the above super-star singing crab Sebastian to find true love.
|Ariel and Flounder|
Flash forward 24 years. October 1, 2013 to be exact. Disney Animation released The Little Mermaid for the first time ever on Blu-Ray and 3D Blu-Ray. And you know what? I loved it even more! Even knowing what to expect, I still found myself jumping when the Evil Ursula (voiced expertly by Pat Carroll) makes the scene!
|Ursula The Sea Witch!|
By now, (hopefully) most of you have seen Disney's The Little Mermaid. But yes, there are, I'm sure, some who have yet to experience this awesome classic story told in a way only Disney could tell it. I won't go in to too much detail about the story, remember, we're all about saving the spoilers here, but I will talk about some of the major plot points. So, if you're one who wants to be surprised, fair warning!
Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson), is the youngest daughter of King Triton (voiced by Kenneth Mars). All Ariel wants to do is be her own person...err, mermaid and do what SHE wants to do. She's gathered quite the collection of human treasures, like gadgets and gizmos aplenty! And, she's become very dissatisfied with life under the sea, and longs for LEGS so she can live ABOVE the sea, with the humans. Accompanied by her best friend Flounder (voiced by Jason Marin) and her King/Father appointed guardian Sebastian (voiced by Samuel E. Wright), Ariel sets out on an adventure that is bound to
|The Crooning Crab Sebastian|
|Ursula Offers Ariel a Deal|
With a terrific musical score by Disney Legend Alan Menken, The Little Mermaid is full of great songs that you'll find yourself singing YEARS after you see the movie!
The newly released The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition brings this classic back to it's original splendor. The Blu-Ray version cleans up the print quite a bit, once again showing fans just how beautiful this movie really is. And although the animation is quite old, it's just as spell binding as it was in 1989. We did not review the 3-D version, but from what we've been told, it's spectacular. The 3-D brings out elements of the movie that just blow one's mind.
|Ariel's Father King Triton|
The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition comes with a few bonus features as well:
- An All New "Part Of Your World" Music Video by Carly Rae Jepson (Call Me Maybe)
- The Real Little Mermaid: Live Action Reference Model
- Part of Her World: Jodi Benson's Voyage To New Fantasyland
- "Howard The Merman" A Never Before Seen Deleted Character
- Disney Intermission - Press Pause and See What Happens!
- @DisneyAnimation - Behind The Scenes with Today's Top Disney Animators
|Ariel In Trouble...Again!|
- 3-Disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack (Blu-Ray 3D+ Blu-Ray+DVD+Digital Copy+Music Download). SRP $49.99
- 2-Disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack (Blu-Ray+DVD+Digital Download). SRP $44.99
- 2-Disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack (Blu-Ray+DVD). SRP $39.99