"The Little Mermaid" Swims into Disney+: Dive into Disney's wave of live-action remakes with Halle Bailey's Ariel, premiering September 6. Dive into bonus content and exclusive insights, owning the magic from July 25.
Disney embarked on a revolutionary journey with its first live-action adaptation, 2010's "Alice in Wonderland." Surprisingly, despite initial critical backlash, the movie soared to become one of the highest-grossing films ever and paved the way for an era of revamped classics. This trend continues as Disney injects fresh life into its beloved library, enchanting audiences with visually stunning and realistic recreations of classics like "Beauty and the Beast," "The Jungle Book," "The Lion King," "Mulan," and "Aladdin." The latest gem to surface from Disney's treasure chest is "The Little Mermaid," starring the talented Halle Bailey as Ariel. Fans were eagerly waiting to catch this aquatic fantasy on the big screen, but there's another question that's making waves – when can we stream it on Disney+ or other platforms?
Mark your calendars for September 6, 2023 because that's when "The Little Mermaid" will finally make its debut on Disney+. Unlike some other live-action adaptations, which opt for direct-to-streaming releases, "The Little Mermaid" follows in the footsteps of its box office-dominating predecessors. With blockbusters like "The Lion King" raking in a staggering $1.65 billion, the theatrical release strategy seems to be a tried-and-true formula.
Drawing parallels, "Avatar: The Way of Water" hit theaters in December of the previous year but only found its way onto Disney+ in June 2023.
In the meantime, quench your thirst for underwater adventure by streaming the original 1989 animated classic and its sequel, "The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea," on Disney+.
If waiting for streaming isn't your style, don't fret! You can dive into the magic even sooner. The digital version of "The Little Mermaid" remake will be exclusively available for purchase starting July 25, 2023. Then, for those who cherish a physical collection, the movie will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on September 19, 2023.
What's more, the VOD (Video On Demand) version will be a treasure trove of additional features, making it a must-have for fans and collectors alike. Immerse yourself in bloopers, a sing-along version of "The Little Mermaid," and a five-part documentary entitled "Hotter Under The Water," offering an insider's look at the making of the movie.
But that's not all – the special features extend to a series of exclusive insights:
1. "Wild Unchartered Waters" – Unveiling Prince Eric's character through a song composed by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda, exploring its creation from writing to filming aboard a practical ship.
2. "Under the Sea" – Delving into the process of translating director Marshall's vision into reality with professional dancers embodying the animated sea creatures in the iconic number.
3. "Kiss The Girl" – Taking you behind the scenes of creating the live-action rendition of this beloved classic.
1. "The Scuttlebutt On Sidekicks" – Get to know Sebastian, Flounder, and Scuttle as they work their magic to ensure Ariel and Eric's love story unfolds before Ursula's deadline, accompanied by their catchy tune, "The Scuttlebutt."
2. "Passing The Dinglehopper" – Witness the magical meeting of past and present Ariel as Halle Bailey collaborates with Jodi Benson, the original voice of Ariel, who makes a cameo in the live-action film.