Last week The Little Mermaid Platinum Edition DVD was released from the Disney vaults. It has sold over four million units in one week! It is the highest selling animated October DVD debut and the best selling of the Disney Platinum Series!
I was quite surprised to see that this film surpassed the sales of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.
The DVD is worth picking up. The restored picture is beautiful and the sound is great. I am a big fan of this movie especially since this was the first Disney movie I saw in theatres. It was a thrilling experience that I will never forget. The story and animation are just as strong by today's standards. The only part of the film I felt was a little dated were the special effects from King Triton's trident when he is destroying Ariel's grotto. Straight outta the eighties.
There are some interesting special features. The standard behind-the-scenes, deleted scenes and silly games make their appearance but one of the best things on the second disc is the new animated short by Disney Feature Animation, Little Match Girl. The Hans Christian Anderson story is very touching and director Roger Allers made sure the tragic ending was kept intact.
The Little Match Girl was originally suppose to be part of Fantasia 2006 but when that project was shelved the Little Match Girl was produced to be its own film.
The animation is okay but it mixes 3D props and background characters in a way that doesn't seem natural. I found that one thing distracting but otherwise the film is good.
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