“The Little Mermaid, a two-time Academy Award-winner, is turning 30 this year and finally releasing on Digital formats. The film won an Oscar for Best Original Score and Best Original Song with “Under the Sea” in 1989, and the animated classic is getting a special release from Disney to celebrate. The film is swimming into the Walt Disney Signature Collection, and fans of princess Ariel, Sebastian, and Flounder can pick up the Digital and 4K Ultra HD versions of the film on February 12th, with the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions set to release on February 26th. 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”).
You can pre-order “The Little Mermaid” on Digital and have it ready for release day here on iTunes, with the standard retail versions available on here on Amazon. You can enjoy the standard retail versions now, or wait for the 4K versions to release.
The film 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. T
The film was originally released in theaters on November 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. 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.”
Back in 1989 “The Little Mermaid” opened in third-place on the domestic charts with only $6M, behind “Harlem” and “Look Who’s Talking.” The film went on to make over $111.5M domestically and over $211M worldwide.