Regular readers of my blog will know that we waited for this one. Ten very, very long months, to be precise.
It all started last December at our media trip for the New Fantasyland, where Reid met Ariel, and promptly fell in love with her. His first crush – on a Princess, no less! And all of a sudden, he wanted everything to do with the world of The Little Mermaid. In fact, at the Art of Animation’s gift shop, my husband and I were both surprised when he walked straight to the Ariel figurine and pointed – “Her.”
And that’s when it happened. The colossally bad move on my husband’s part.
“We’ll buy you the movie when we get home!” he promised excitedly. “Then you can watch her all the time!”
I frantically made arm gestures at him, signalling to zip it, shut up, no, no, NO! There’s a little thing called the Disney Vault, and I happened to know that The Little Mermaid was securely locked inside. Translation: unless we were willing to shell out $200+ for a copy on eBay, there was no way Ariel was making it to our home. Sigh.
Until now. We waited patiently. Oh, how we waited! And on October 1st, The Little Mermaid splashed its way into homes for the first time ever on Blu-ray – for a limited time only. Now, viewers can experience Ariel’s adventures like never before with sparkling high definition picture and sound, and explore the making of this modern family classic with all-new bonus treasures.
Now I’m sure y’all know exactly what The Little Mermaid is all about, but for those newbies:
“Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson), is a free-spirited mermaid, who is off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder (voiced by Jason Marin), and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian (voiced by Samuel E. Wright) at her side. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true—and save her father’s (voiced by Kenneth Mars) beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula (voiced by Pat Carroll).”
Since receiving The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition for review, we’ve watched the movie at least a dozen times (or more). For one, Reid is united with his lady love! It is an utter joy to see his eyes riveted to the screen, clapping along with all the songs or shielding his eyes at the scarier parts. Ryder, a boy’s boy, also loves the movie for its adventure, intrigue and of course, Ursula’s maniacal laugh :)
However, in addition to the sheer entertainment the movie provides, there are so many understated values and life lessons that are reinforced throughout the movie, including finding your own voice. But what does finding your own voice mean? Here are Seven Life Lessons from The Little Mermaid:
As I spy on my boys, curled up on the couch and smiling to themselves as Ariel swims with independence, confidence and a fiery determination, I can’t help but think that The Little Memaid has taught them a lot about finding their voice. And that is what made The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition worth the wait, and more.