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The Little Mermaid (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Little Mermaid

DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
Rating: G
Running Time: 83 Minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Actors: Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Paddi Edwards
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker

BURBANK, Calif., August 2006 – For a limited time only, Walt Disney Home Entertainment proudly opens the vault to debut a spectacular new two-disc Platinum Edition of the most-requested Disney DVD title ever, the Academy Award® winning (1989 Best Original Song and Best Original Score) The Little Mermaid. Available for the first time in seven years and the first time ever on a two-disc “Platinum Edition” DVD, this enchanting, music-filled adventure goes ‘under the sea’ and soars to new heights with bonus features for the whole family.

Included is the new “Under The Sea Adventure: A Virtual Ride” (based on an actual Disney Imagineering concept); extensive background on the ride; a new “Kiss The Girl” music video performed by “High School Musical” sensation Ashley Tisdale; a new “Treasures Untold” making-of featurette about the film’s history, creators and famous music, new Disney Feature Animation short film “The Little Match Girl” based on another one of “Little Mermaid” creator Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tales; never-before-seen deleted scenes, and much more. The Little Mermaid ignited an animation renaissance at Disney and around the world, and this celebrated classic sparkles as never before with an all-new digital restoration and the all-new 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix.

The Little Mermaid Special Edition is the long-anticipated eighth addition to Disney’s acclaimed “Platinum Collection.” This event-making DVD debut is accompanied by an expansive Walt Disney Company-wide celebration, including a huge continuing partnership with Disney Consumer Products (DCP) that builds on the overwhelming popularity of 2005’s Cinderella DVD debut. The Little Mermaid Special Edition 2-disc DVD is available for a limited time only on October 3, 2006, for U.S. $29.99 (S.R.P.) and Canada $36.99 (S.R.P.).

Synopsis:

Ariel, the fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, is enchanted with all things human. Disregarding her father’s order to stay away from the world above the sea, she swims to the surface and, in a raging storm, rescues the prince of her dreams. Determined to be human, she strikes a bargain with the devious seawitch, Ursula, and trades her fins and beautiful voice for legs. With her best friend, the adorable and chatty Flounder, and her reluctant chaperone Sebastian, the hilarious, reggae singing Caribbean crab, at her side, Ariel must win the prince’s love and save her father’s kingdom – all in a heart-pounding race against time!

Drawing from a talented “pool” of vocal talent, The Little Mermaid’s leading roles went to actors with extensive musical theater backgrounds. As the voice of Ariel, voice-over and Broadway star Jodi Benson supplies the perfect blend of innocence and wide-eyed wonder to the independent young mermaid. Hollywood legend Buddy Hackett turns in a top-flight performance as the squawking seagull, Scuttle, and stage veteran Pat Carroll provides the villainous voice of the crafty seawitch, Ursula.

To create the infectious score and seven original songs that garnered The Little Mermaid two Academy Awards®, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman teamed-up for the first time on a Disney Animated Classic, spending 18 months developing the film’s 1989 Oscar?-winning “Best Original Score,” as well as “Under the Sea,” the 1989 Academy Award®-winning “Best Original Song.” Other show-stopping songs from The Little Mermaid soundtrack include “Part of your World,” which articulates Ariel’s desire to become human; “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” a cabaret-style tune delivered by Ursula following Ariel’s transformation from mermaid tail to legs; “Les Poissons,” a hearty dash of musical slapstick from the palace chef, Louis, and “Kiss The Girl,” crooned by lovable Sebastian the crab and a “doo-wop” chorus of grasshoppers, pelicans, flamingos, frogs, ducks and turtles.

This DVD is enhanced with Disney’s FastPlay™, an exclusive easy start-up feature from Walt Disney Home Entertainment. With Disney’s FastPlay™, viewers can let the DVD play automatically. This family-friendly, patent-pending technology plays the movie and includes a selection of bonus footage without any additional viewing navigation. Or, viewers can choose to navigate through a simplified menu using their remote control. Disney’s FastPlay™ includes the exclusive EasyFind menu system, available only on Disney DVDs. EasyFind menus provide consistent categories and graphic icons for easy identification of bonus material features.

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