New Preschool Series Inspired by ‘The Little Mermaid’ to Launch on Disney+ June 28

Disney Branded Television on May 8 announced the animated musical series “Disney Jr.’s Ariel” will debut on June 27 on Disney Junior and the Disney Channel, with eight episodes dropping the next day, June 28, on Disney+.

“Disney Junior’s Ariel” is aimed at preschoolers and was inspired by the original “The Little Mermaid” fairytale, from Hans Christian Anderson, and the animated (1989) and live-action (2023) feature films.

Set in the Caribbean-inspired fairytale kingdom of Atlantica, the series follows young mermaid princess Ariel (Mykal-Michelle Harris) as she embarks on underwater adventures with her family and friends, including King Triton (Taye Diggs), Ursula (Amber Riley), Flounder (Gracen Newton) and mer-friends Fernie (Cruz Flateau) and Lucia (Elizabeth Phoenix Caro). 

Disney also announced that Yvette Nicole Brown, Melissa Villaseñor and Ron Funches have joined the voice cast.

To promote the new series, several shorts, under the banner “Disney Jr.’s Ariel: Mermaid Tales” will be featured across Disney+, Disney Channel and Disney Jr. beginning June 5. Each two-minute short will highlight a different aspect of Ariel’s life in Atlantica.

Music plays an integral role in the series, with original songs inspired by the diverse genres of Caribbean music. The songwriting teams are comprised of Anthony M. Jones (Tone), Sofia Quinn, Olivia Waithe, Chantry Johnson, Michelle Zarlenga and Rosemarie Tan. Emmy Award winner Christopher Willis serves as composer. Sean Skeete, dean of the Professional Performance division at Berklee College of Music, is the Caribbean music consultant.

Walt Disney Records will release a digital soundtrack on Friday, June 28, and an array of dolls, playsets, role-play, costumes, apparel, books and more from Disney Consumer Products will be available this summer.

Disney on May 8 also revealed the new series’ theme song. A clip can be watched below:

‘Little Mermaid’ Remake Swims to Top of DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts

Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid debuted at No. 1 on the Circana VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended Sept. 23.

A remake of the 1989 animated classic, The Little Mermaid earned $298 million at the domestic box office. HD formats accounted for 54% of the title’s first-week sales, with 36% from regular Blu-ray and 18% from the film’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions, which were available exclusively from Best Buy, Walmart and the Disney Movie Club.

The top seller the previous two weeks, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, slipped to No. 2 on both charts in its third week, selling about 72% as many copies as the new top seller. The two-movie “Spider-Verse” collection was No. 14 with another 14%.

No. 3 overall, and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, was Universal Pictures’ Fast X, with 33% as many unit sales in its seventh week as the newly released top title.

No. 4 on both charts was Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4 in its 15th week.

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The No. 5 overall seller was Warner’s 1973 horror classic The Exorcist, which was re-released in a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition, which accounted for nearly 87% of its unit sales for the week (regular Blu-ray accounted for another 1%). The Exorcist was No. 3 on the dedicated Blu-ray chart, and No. 1 on the 4K sales chart.

Across the Spider-Verse was the No. 2 4K seller, with Little Mermaid at No. 3.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 24 had Universal’s pandemic-set slasher film Sick debuting at No. 1, with Fast X pushed to No. 2 after six weeks in the top spot.

John Wick: Chapter 4 was No. 3, followed by Universal’s Kandahar and The Super Mario Bros. Movie at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

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Merchandising: ‘Little Mermaid’ 4K Editions Are Retail Exclusives

For Disney’s Sept. 19 release of its live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, the retail exclusives are the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of the title. Only the regular Blu-ray combo pack and DVD versions have been given the traditional wide  release.

Best Buy’s edition is, as usual, the 4K combo pack in Steelbook packaging, for $39.99.

Walmart’s version of the 4K combo pack comes with a pack-in enamel pin, for $34.96.

Walmart’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ (2023) 4K with enamel pin

What otherwise would be considered the standard 4K Blu-ray combo pack of the film — the two discs in a plastic case with a simple slipcover — has been made an exclusive of the studio’s proprietary Disney Movie Club online membership store, for $34.95. The DMC version is offered with a free lithograph, and with various membership savings opportunities could be had for as low as $11.98, depending on what other titles are purchased at the same time.

Disney Movie Club’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ (2023) 4K Blu-ray

Disney is apparently deploying the same 4K-as-retail-exclusive strategy for the upcoming disc releases of two other recent theatrical titles. Pixar’s Elemental arrives Sept. 26 with a Best Buy 4K Steelbook, a Walmart 4K edition with lenticular box art, and a DMC-exclusive of the “standard” 4K Blu-ray combo pack. The 4K options for the Oct. 17 disc release of the Haunted Mansion remake will include a Best Buy 4K Steelbook and a Walmart 4K edition with enamel pin (there’s no indication of a DMC version of the 4K for this one). Studio sources indicated that release patterns are considered on a title-by-title basis, so this shouldn’t be seen as a shift in overall strategy for 4K versions of its theatrical films.

Noticeably absent in this mix is Target, which would seemingly be left with just the wide-release Blu-ray and DVD to sell. However, copies of the new Little Mermaid were nowhere to be seen on Target’s shelves the week of release, with the title listed as “online only” on the chain’s website (the Blu-ray combo pack was listed as out-of-stock). For major theatrical films this is usually an indicator that physical copies might be in stores a week later. To add insult to injury, while Little Mermaid is listed as newly available in Target’s weekly ad circular, the link takes shoppers to a landing page for the DVD of Universal’s new horror film Sick.

Meanwhile, Walmart.com as of Sept. 18 has opened up preorders for the Walmart-exclusive Disney Legacy Animated Film Collection, the vaunted three-volume set of 100 animated films priced at $1,499.96 and due for release Nov. 14. The Disney Movie Club also offered a limited number of preorders but has likely sold out as the link to the title listing is no longer active.

In other exclusives, Best Buy has a Steelbook edition of the new 4K version of Warner’s 1973 horror classic The Exorcist, for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘The Exorcist’ 4K Steelbook

Target is touting up to 30% off Halloween-themed books and movies.

‘The Little Mermaid’ Dance Party

To celebrate the digital and disc release of the live-action feature The Little Mermaid, Disney Sept. 15 sponsored a fan event at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The Little Mermaid was released on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 19. “The Little Mermaid Enchanted Celebration” — produced in partnership with If You Know It Sing It, an event company known for DJ theme nights across the country — took place from 8 p.m. to midnight at the California Science Center. IYKISI presented a special edition of their event “Be Our Guest,” a nostalgic party that spins throwback songs from Disney movies and TV shows.

New Home Entertainment Releases for Sept. 19 Include ‘The Little Mermaid’ Remake, ‘What’s Love Got to Do With it?’ on Disc

Sept. 19 home entertainment arrivals include the The Little Mermaid remake, What’s Love Got to Do With It?, Prisoner’s Daughter and Bad City on DVD and Blu-ray, Fire Country: Season One and God’s Country Song on DVD, and The Exorcist on 4K.

Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid will arrive at digital retailers on July 25, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 19. Filmmaker Rob Marshall’s live-action reimagining of Disney’s animated musical classic, The Little Mermaid is currently the year’s No. 4 movie at the domestic box office, with nearly $284 million in theatrical earnings. The film follows Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life — and her father’s crown — in jeopardy.  The live-action remake film stars Halle Bailey as Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King as Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Noma Dumezweni as The Queen, and Art Malik as Sir Grimsby, with the voices of Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder and Awkwafina as Scuttle. The 4K versions are listed as retail exclusives for Best Buy (with Steelbook packaging) and Walmart (with an enamel pin). The Disney Movie Club will have a 4K Blu-ray combo pack in standard packaging. Read a review here.

Shout! Studios releases the romantic comedy What’s Love Got to Do with It? on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 19. The film stars Lily James as a documentary filmmaker and dating app addict who has accumulated an endless string of failed relationships, much to the dismay of her eccentric mother (Emma Thompson). But she begins to discover a profoundly different approach to finding love when she films the journey of her childhood friend Kaz (Shazad Latif) to meet the bride arranged for him by his parents. The film was directed by Shekhar Kapur, and written and produced by Jemima Khan. The cast also includes Shabana Azmi, Sajal Aly, Asim Chaudhry, Jeff Mirza, and Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan as himself. The film debuted at the 2022 Toronto International Films Festival and won Best Comedy at the 2022 Rome Film Festival. It earned $11 million at the domestic box office.

Vertical’s drama Prisoner’s Daughter will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 19 from Distribution Solutions. In the film, released from prison with terminal cancer, Max tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter and the grandson he’s never known. When his daughter’s abusive, drug-addicted ex-husband reappears, Max’s violent past comes back to haunt them all. Directed by Sundance Film Festival Award-Winner Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Lords of Dogtown, Thirteen), the film stars Kate Beckinsale (The Widow, “Underworld” franchise, Love & Friendship), Brian Cox (“Succession,” Churchill, The Bourne Identity), Christopher Convery (Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game, Brahms: The Boy II, The Girl in the Spider’s Web) and Jon Huertas (“This Is Us,” “The Rookie,” “Elementary”). 

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release the first season of “Fire Country” on DVD Sept. 19. The six-disc DVD set features all 22 episodes of the first season and more than 30 minutes of bonus content. The series stars Max Thieriot (“SEAL Team”) as Bode Donovan, a young convict seeking redemption and a shortened prison sentence by joining a prison release firefighting program in Northern California, where he and other inmates are partnered with elite firefighters to extinguish massive, unpredictable wildfires across the region. It’s a high-risk, high reward assignment, and the heat is turned up when Bode is assigned to the program in his rural hometown, where he was once a golden all-American son until his troubles began. The season also stars Kevin Alejandro (“True Blood”), Stephanie Arcila (“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels”), Jules Latimer (“Guilty Party”) and Jordan Calloway (“Black Lightning”).

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the Pinnacle Peak Pictures and Canyon Productions faith-based drama God’s Country Song on digital and DVD Sept. 19. God’s Country Song tells the story of Noah Bryan, an up-and-coming country singer determined to become a country music star. Quickly on his way to stardom, Noah is surprised after a show and left with the custody of a son he didn’t know existed. Feeling that his career is now over, he agrees to meet the boy and quickly realizes it’s time to step up and do the right thing to raise him. The faith-based, music-driven drama is Dove approved for ages 12 and over. God’s Country Song stars Justin Gaston (“Days of Our Lives,” “American Idol,” “The Young and the Restless”), Justene Alpert (“9-1-1,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Bosch”), Mariel Hemingway (Star 80, Superman IVManhattan), and John Laughlin (Footloose, The Lawnmower Man, The Rock) and is directed by Johnny Remo (A Letter to Dad, Saved by Grace). God’s Country Song features 15 original songs written specifically for the film by Sandro Morales Santoro, and performed by Justin Gaston.

Well Go USA Entertainment releases the action-adventure crime thriller Bad City on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 19. The sophomore effort from director Kensuke Sonomura (Hydra), Bad City stars Hitoshi Ozawa (Takeshi Kitano’s Boiling Point, Takashi Miike’s Dead or Alive), Akane Sakanoue (Alice in Borderland, Ultraman X), Masanori Mimoto (Enter the Fat Dragon, Hydra, Takashi Miike’s Yakuza Apocalypse), Lily Franky (Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Academy Award-nominated Shoplifters), and Tak Sakaguchi (Versus, Death Trance, Prisoners of the Ghostland). In the film, Kaiko City, long plagued by poverty and crime, has been torn apart by rampant corruption and growing violence between the local Yakuza faction and a notorious Korean crime boss. But when a mafia-connected businessman runs for mayor and begins systematically eliminating his opponents, a former police captain imprisoned for a brutal murder is released in a final desperate effort to reclaim the city.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the animated movie The Swan Princess: Far Longer Than Forever through digital retailers Sept. 19. Far Longer is the 12th film in the franchise that began with the original Swan Princess in 1994, and touted as the final chapter. Eager to discover the truth about his late father, King Derek and Queen Odette set off on an epic adventure. As newly appointed members of the Council of Crowns, Derek and Odette begin to “smoke out” the true story. But an attempt on their lives drives them undercover, where they pose as the Barrymores, world-famous traveling magicians. With the help of Rogers, Scully, and the animals, Derek and Odette piece the mystery together, only to have it all unravel. It arrives on DVD Oct. 24.

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As part of the year-long centennial celebration for the 100th anniversary of the Warner Bros. Studio, the 1973 horror film The Exorcist will be available for purchase on 4K disc and digital for the first time Sept. 19. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, The Exorcist will be available on a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc that includes both the 1973 theatrical version of the film and the 2000 extended director’s cut of the film, which features 11 additional minutes of footage not seen in theaters. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker William Friedkin (The French Connection) from a screenplay by Academy Award winner William Peter Blatty, the film is based on Blatty’s 1971 novel of the same name. The Exorcist stars Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), Academy Award nominee Max von Sydow (Pelle the ConquerorExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close), Academy Award nominee Lee J. Cobb (On the WaterfrontThe Brothers Karamazov), Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowan, Academy Award nominee Jason Miller and Academy Award nominee Linda Blair. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and earned acting nominations for Burstyn, Miller and Blair. It won two Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay for Blatty. The Exorcist tells the story of a girl’s demonic possession, and a gripping fight between good and evil. Blair, in a breakout role, plays Regan, a young girl who starts to exhibit strange behavior. Her mother (Burstyn) calls upon a priest, Father Karras (Miller), to investigate. But Karras, who has a spiritual crisis of his own, is suddenly confronted with the unimaginable evil of Regan’s possession. Father Lankester Merrin (Von Sydow), an archeologist-priest, is called to help, and a horrific battle for her soul begins. In 2010, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

The music-infused martial arts film Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon (1985) will be released in a limited edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Sept. 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, martial arts student Leroy Green (Taimak) is on a quest to obtain the elusive all-powerful force known as “The Glow.” Along the way, he must battle the evil, self-proclaimed “Shogun of Harlem” — a kung fu warrior also known as Sho’nuff (Julius J. Carry III) — and rescue a beautiful singer (Prince protégée Vanity) from an obsessed record promoter. The film — which has been scanned from the original camera negative and presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision approved by director Michael Schultz — features a Motown soundtrack, including music by Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Vanity and DeBarge performing their smash hit “Rhythm of the Night.”

The animated Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Collection will be released on DVD Sept. 19 from NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions. In the series based on the popular Sega video game character, Sonic (voiced by Jaleel White, “Family Matters”) is back on Planet Mobius, using his supersonic speed and teenage irreverence to thwart the comedically despicable Dr. Robotnik. Sonic’s idolizing little buddy, Tails, tags along on every fast-action, gag-driven adventure. The series also stars Charlie Adler (“Transformers,” “Phineas and Ferb,” “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters”), Bradley Pierce (Beauty and the Beast 1991, “The Busy World of Richard Scarry,” Jumanji), Jim Cummings (Aladdin 1992, Winnie the Pooh, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”) and Christine Cavanaugh (Babe, “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Rugrats”).

Lionsgate will release the thriller Fall Sept. 19 on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook (plus Blu-ray plus digital) exclusively at Best Buy. In the thriller, 51 painful weeks after a life-altering incident that scarred her for life, emotionally fragile rock climber Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) reluctantly decides to confront her fears, and along with her thrill-seeking friend Hunter (Virginia Gardner), attempts what may be the hardest ascent in their young lives. But after they climb 2,000 feet to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, they find themselves stranded with no way down. Now Becky and Hunter’s expert climbing skills will be put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights. The film costars Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The release features all-new artwork from Chris Christodoulou. Special features include audio commentary with producer-cowriter-director Scott Mann and producer James Harris; “Creating the Impact of Fall” (4K only);
the Madison Beer “I Have Never Felt More Alive” music video (written by Madison Beer and Leroy Clampitt); a making-of featurette; and the theatrical trailer.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Disney to Release 100 Animated Classics in One Big Blu-ray Disc Boxed Set Nov. 14

In what is likely its most extravagant Blu-ray Disc package ever, The Walt Disney Co. Sept. 10 announced it is releasing 100 classic animated films in a giant boxed set on Nov. 14.

The retail price is $1,500.

The Disney Legacy Animated Film Collection, part of Disney’s 100th birthday celebration, includes films from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Pixar, packaged together in a hardbound, self-standing three-volume set that unfolds into a storybook.

Among the films selected for inclusion are Bambi, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, The Lion King, Toy Story, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians, Frozen, Aladdin, Lilo & Stitch, Finding Nemo, Mulan, Cars, and the original animated The Little Mermaid (from 1989).

A limited number of sets will be available for advance orders on Walmart.com beginning Sept. 18, each including a numbered certificate of authenticity.

The set includes all 100 films on Blu-ray Disc, digital codes for each title, a copy of the original theatrical poster art, a collectible lithograph from Disney Animation’s new musical comedy Wish, and a collectible crystal Mickey ears hat with exclusive Disney 100 engraving.

The complete list of films:

1.         Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

2.         Pinocchio (1940)

3.         Fantasia (1940)

4.         Dumbo (1941)

5.         Bambi (1942)

6.         Saludos Amigos (1943)

7.         The Three Caballeros (1945)

8.         Make Mine Music (1946)

9.         Fun And Fancy Free (1947)

10.       Melody Time (1948)

11.       The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

12.       Cinderella (1950)

13.       Alice in Wonderland (1951)

14.       Peter Pan (1953)

15.       Lady and the Tramp (1955)

16.       Sleeping Beauty (1959)

17.       101 Dalmatians (1961)

18.       The Sword in the Stone (1963)

19.       The Jungle Book (1967)

20.       The Aristocats (1970)

21.       Robin Hood (1973)

22.       The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

23.       The Rescuers (1977)

24.       The Fox and The Hound (1981)

25.       The Black Cauldron (1985)

26.       The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

27.       Oliver & Company (1988)

28.       The Little Mermaid (1989)

29.       The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

30.       Beauty and the Beast (1991)

31.       Aladdin (1992)

32.       Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

33.       The Lion King (1994)

34.       A Goofy Movie (1995)

35.       Pocahontas (1995)

36.       Toy Story (1995)

37.       James and the Giant Peach (1996)

38.       The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

39.       Hercules (1997)

40.       Mulan (1998)

41.       A Bug’s Life (1998)

42.       Tarzan (1999)

43.       Toy Story 2 (1999)

44.       Fantasia/2000 (2000)

45.       The Tigger Movie (2000)

46.       Dinosaur (2000)

47.       The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

48.       Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

49.       Monsters, Inc. (2001)

50.       Return to Never Land (2002)

51.       Lilo & Stitch (2002)

52.       Treasure Planet (2002)

53.       The Jungle Book 2 (2003)

54.       Piglet’s Big Movie (2003)

55.       Finding Nemo (2003)

56.       Brother Bear (2003)

57.       Home on the Range (2004)

58.       The Incredibles (2004)

59.       Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (2005)

60.       Chicken Little (2005)

61.       Cars (2006)

62.       Meet the Robinsons (2007)

63.       Ratatouille (2007)

64.       Wall•E (2008)

65.       Tinker Bell (2008)

66.       Bolt (2008)

67.       Up (2009)

68.       The Princess and the Frog (2009)

69.       Toy Story 3 (2010)

70.       Tangled (2010) 

71.       Cars 2 (2011)

72.       Winnie the Pooh (2011)

73.       Brave (2012)

74.       Frankenweenie (2012)      

75.       Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

76.       Monsters University (2013)

77.       Planes (2013)

78.       Frozen (2013)

79.       Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)

80.       Big Hero 6 (2014)

81.       Inside Out (2015)

82.       The Good Dinosaur (2015)

83.       Zootopia (2016)

84.       Finding Dory (2016)

85.       Moana (2016)

86.       Cars 3 (2017)

87.       Coco (2017)

88.       Incredibles 2 (2018)

89.       Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

90.       Toy Story 4 (2019)

91.       Frozen 2 (2019)

92.       Onward (2020)

93.       Soul (2020)

94.       Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

95.       Luca (2021)

96.       Encanto (2021)

97.       Turning Red (2022)

98.       Lightyear (2022)

99.       Strange World (2022)

100.     Elemental (2023)

 

Disney to Celebrate ‘The Little Mermaid’ Digital and Disc Release With L.A. Fan Event

To celebrate the digital and disc release of the live-action feature The Little Mermaid, Disney is sponsoring a fan event Sept. 15 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

The Little Mermaid is available now at digital retailers and will be released on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 19.

The Little Mermaid Enchanted Celebration” — produced in partnership with If You Know It Sing It, an event company known for DJ theme nights across the country — takes place from 8 p.m.-midnight at the California Science Center’s Wallis Annenberg Building at 700 Exposition Park Drive. The entrance to Exposition Park and the Blue Parking Structure is at the intersection of 39th Street and Figueroa.

IYKISI will present a special edition of their event “Be Our Guest,” a nostalgic party that spins throwback songs from Disney movies and TV shows. The evening will feature all the hit songs from The Little Mermaid, as well as many other Disney classics that fans can sing and dance to.

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Other elements of the evening will include themed food and drinks, opportunities to win prizes and immersive photo opps. Fans are encouraged to come dressed in The Little Mermaid attire to participate in the costume contest.

Tickets to “The Little Mermaid Enchanted Celebration” are free to fans 18 and older and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis here. A free ticket does not guarantee entrance to the event, so fans are encouraged to arrive early. The line will start at 7 p.m.

Disney Grows Q1 Content Sales/Licensing Segment Operating Loss

Disney’s “content sales/licensing and other revenue” business segment saw third-quarter (ended July 1) revenue dip 1% to $2.08 billion, from $2.11 billion in the prior-year period. The segment, which includes home entertainment and theatrical, posted a 900% increase in its operating loss to $243 million, from a $27 million loss in the previous-year period.

The increase in operating loss was due to lower TV/SVOD and theatrical distribution results. Disney said the decrease in TV/SVOD distribution results was primarily due to lower sales volume of both film and episodic television content.

Disney had five of the top 15 theatrical titles (and production/distribution expenses) in the quarter, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Little Mermaid, Elemental, The Boogeyman and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. 

Lower theatrical distribution results reflected the performance of Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness (the No. 4 box office title in 2022 with $955.7 million worldwide) in the prior-year quarter compared with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in the current quarter and marketing costs for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which was released in most territories at the end of June. The current quarter also included the release of Elemental and The Little Mermaid, while the prior-year quarter included the release of Lightyear.

Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Tops U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart for Second Week

Disney Studios’ live-action remake of The Little Mermaid topped the Official Film Chart, the U.K.’s weekly home entertainment sales chart, for the second week through Aug. 9. Starring Halle Bailey in the title role, the movie topped the chart with more than 42,000 digital unit sales over the past seven days.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves climbed seven spots to an all-time peak at No. 2  after its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s former chart topper The Super Mario Bros. Movie dropped a spot at No. 3, while Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 did the same at No. 4. Warner Bros. Discovery’s 2019 release The Meg leapfrogged 20 spots to No. 5 after the theatrical release of its sequel, Meg 2: The Trench last weekend.

The week’s only new charter: DreamWorks Animation’s Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken, which debuted at No. 6. Dropping three spots to No. 7 is Warner’s The Flash, followed by Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4, which also dropped three spots to No. 8, and Paramount’s eternal Top Gun: Maverick, down two spots at No. 9 for its seventh week in the top 10.

Finally, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s A Man Called Otto jumped nine spots to No. 10, the former chart-topper’s first appearance in top 10 since May.

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Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 THE LITTLE MERMAID DISNEY
2 9 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES PARAMOUNT
3 2 THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE UNIVERSAL
4 3 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 DISNEY/MARVEL
5 25 THE MEG WARNER
6 NEW RUBY GILLIAN, TEENAGE KRAKEN UNIVERSAL/DREAMWORKS
7 4 THE FLASH WARNER
8 5 JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4 LIONSGATE
9 7 TOP GUN: MAVERICK PARAMOUNT
10 19 A MAN CALLED OTTO SONY PICTURES

© Official Charts Company 2023

‘Little Mermaid’ Live-Action Remake Hits Disney+ on Sept. 6

Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action remake of the animated classic The Little Mermaid will begin streaming on Disney+ on Sept. 6.

The film opened in theaters in May and went on to gross more than $542 million globally.

Disney+ subscribers will be able to access exclusive bonus content, including Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) as King Triton performing the song “Impossible Child” with music by multiple Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) and lyrics by three-time Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”), and a song breakdown of the classic “Under the Sea.”

The original Little Mermaid was released theatrically in 1989 and went on to earn $235 million in theaters. Both films tell the story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden from interacting with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life — and her father’s crown — in jeopardy. 

The live-action remake stars singer and actress Halle Bailey as Ariel; Jonah Hauer-King as Eric; Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”) as the voice of Sebastian; Awkwafina as the voice of Scuttle; Jacob Tremblay as the voice of Flounder; Noma Dumezweni as The Queen; Art Malik as Sir Grimsby; Bardem as King Triton; and two-time Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy as Ursula. The film was directed by Oscar nominee Rob Marshall (Chicago, Mary Poppins Returns) with a screenplay by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee.