Disclosure: I received a review copy complimentary, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Little Mermaid’s 30th Anniversary
To celebrate 30 years of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Disney is releasing a special 30th anniversary edition of The Little Mermaid Blu-ray and Digital. I recently was able to interview Jodi Benson along with some of the creators of The Little Mermaid and learned more about their remarkable journey creating such an iconic film (you can read about that here). I was able to discover even more treasures untold by diving into The Little Mermaid’s bonus features!
The Little Mermaid 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Bonus Features
With every new re-release of The Little Mermaid, there are always new bonus features added. Since The Little Mermaid was such a revolutionary film for Walt Disney Animation Studios, it holds a high place in Disney history. This makes for some pretty amazing bonus features, which includes extensive making-ofs, and lots of footage from the 1980’s when it was being created. Since The Little Mermaid is a film very dear to my heart, I can’t help but get emotional seeing the footage of this piece of Disney-history in the making! The bonus features include:
- Alan Menken & The Leading Ladies Song: A look into the music Alan Menken has created for Disney, along with interviews of the leading ladies who have worked with him such as Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas singing voice), Donna Murphy (Mother Gothel) and more.
- “What I Want From You….is YOUR VOICE”: A look at some of the original recording sessions of The Little Mermaid.
- Stories from Walt’s Office – Gadgets & Gizmos: A look at the many things Walt Disney collected and a peek at his office at Disney Studios.
- #TreasuresUntold: Ruby Rose Turner and Olivia Sanabia from the Disney Channel Original Series “Coop and Cami Ask the World” explore fun facts about The Little Mermaid.
- DCapella “Part of Your World”Music Video
- Sing-Along Mode
- Classic Bonus Features from previous re-releases:
- Deleted Character: Harold the Mermaid
- Under the Scene: The Art of Live Action Reference
- Howard’s Lecture
- Audio Commentary with Ron Clements, John Musker, and Alan Menken
- Digital Bonus Feature Exclusives:
- “Part of Your World” A 30 Year Retrospective: Alan Menken and Jodi Benson talk about the impact of the song “Part of Your World” 30 years later.
- Classic Bonus Features – Over 3 additional hours of previously released classic bonus features, including deleted scenes, Easter eggs, music videos, and more.