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Disney's The Little Mermaid is available on Digital, 4K Ultra HD on 2/12 and 4K Ultra HD and Blu

Disney's The Little Mermaid is available on Digital, 4K Ultra HD on 2/12 and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ on 2/26

Thank you, Disney, for inviting me to meet Mark Henn, Ron Clements and (live web interview) Jodi Benson! My dream has come true, as a little girl I was obsessed with The Little Mermaid, she’s independent, strong-willed and loved that she did what she wanted and wasn’t scared. Now, as a mom, my little one is literally in love with Ariel. I let Jodi know that my son is in love with Ariel. We walked into the Disney Shop almost a year ago and I had let him know, you can pick one toy and I’ll buy it. He came up to me 5 minutes later with Ariel in hand and said, “Mama I want Ariel.” I was curious, why her out of everything in the store, he looked me in the eye and said, “she’s beautiful, look at her bright red hair, she so pretty.”

We had the most enlightening conversation with Ron Clements and Mark Henn. Fun fact: Ron Clements and co-director John Musker pitched the idea to Walt Disney Animation Studios to create a more optimistic version of the Hans Christian Andersen tale “The Little Mermaid”. Did you know The Little Mermaid SAVED Disney Animation! Yes, you read that right. The Little Mermaid funded the creation of Disney very animation, the building we were sitting in, all the jobs created, lives changed, absolutely remarkable.

We asked Jodi what her favorite moment was from Little Mermaid after all these years and it was so heartwarming. It was where Ariel gives King Triton a hug and whispers “I love you, daddy.” Cue me crying! Here’s another fun fact, in 89’ actors that did voice-overs generally meant that their careers are tanking, so when she had the opportunity to do this, she thought she could do it and not let anyone know. Surprise, Jodi got a call from her agent, asking if she was ready to tour 20 cities in 22 days for the opening of The Little Mermaid. She was horrified that, 20 cities in 22 days! This is when she realized that this movie was much more than just a “voice-over,” it’s the start of something spectacular. At the premiere, Glen Keane (who designed and animated Ariel), told her, “Don’t ever forget Jodi, don’t ever forget your voice brought Ariel life.”

In honor of its 30 th anniversary, two time Academy Award® winner (Best Original Score and Best Original Song “Under the Sea,” 1989) “The Little Mermaid,” dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all new bonus features and a

sing-along mode. The magical, musical tale of mermaid princess Ariel along with

loveable sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder, and the love to hate sea witch Ursula is

shore to make a splash with all generations when it comes home for the first time

Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12, and on 4K Ultra HD and

Blu-ray™ on Feb. 26.

The Signature Edition of “The Little Mermaid” showcases its award winning musical score and iconic songs such as “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World” with a sing _ along mode allowing you to accompany this beloved cast of characters on their journey. Never before seen bonus features bring legendary composer Alan Menken and some of Disney’s most recognizable leading ladies together around a piano to reminisce, sing and celebrate “The Little Mermaid.

”The latest installment of “Stories from Walt’s Office” compares Walt and Ariel’s love of collecting treasures. Viewers will also receive an inside look at the “The Little Mermaid” cast in their original recording sessions, explore hidden treasures and fun facts from the film, and enjoy a special performance of “Part of Your World” by a cappella singing sensation DCapella. Plus, fans will have access to hours of additional classic bonus features!

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale about a beautiful mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human, “The Little Mermaid” was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (“Aladdin”). It features the voice talents of Jodi Benson (“Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3”) as Ariel, Pat Carroll (“Laverne & Shirley”) as Ursula, Samuel E. Wright (Broadway’s “The Lion King”) as Sebastian, Christopher Daniel Barnes (“The Brady Bunch Movie”) as Eric, Kenneth Mars (“Young Frankenstein”) as Triton, Buddy Hackett (“The Music Man”) as Scuttle, Jason Marin (“Back to the Future”) as Flounder and René Auberjonois (“The Patriot”) as Chef Louis. The film was originally released in theaters on Nov. 15, 1989 and is the 28th film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the first in what many described as a new Disney animation renaissance.

“The Little Mermaid” is the seventh title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King” and “Lady and the Tramp.”

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