Walt Disney Studios Jan. 11 announced the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debut of The Little Mermaid in honor of the animated classic’s 30th anniversary.
The musical tale of princess Ariel and her sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder will be released as part of the “Signature Collection” Feb. 26 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as well as on standard Blu-ray Disc.
The Signature Collection edition of the 1989 film — which won two Oscars, for Best Original Score and Best Original Song (“Under the Sea”) — will be released digitally two weeks earlier, on Feb. 12, in HD and 4K Ultra HD.
New bonus features bring celebrated 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 Disney Music Group a cappella singing group DCapella.
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 and features the voice talents of Jodi Benson as Ariel, Pat Carroll as Ursula, Samuel E. Wright as Sebastian, Christopher Daniel Barnes as Eric, Kenneth Mars as Triton, Buddy Hackett as Scuttle, Jason Marin as Flounder and René Auberjonois 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. Others are Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Bambi, The Lion King and Lady and the Tramp.