Like many other little girls my two oldest daughters (and I am sure baby Sybil will join them in no time) have big hopes that one day they will be a princess, a dream I can’t crush just yet. They love all the Disney princesses and every now and then I buy them the Disney Princess yoghurt only to see their faces light up as they pick their favourite. Beautiful Belle, sweet Cinderella and lovely Snow White, they love them all but… ‘Mum, who is the pretty girl with the red hair’?
It has been almost 25 years since the world first met Ariel, the curious, red headed ocean princess at the centre of The Little Mermaid. While originally created by Scandinavian story teller Hans Christian Andersen Walt Disney really brough to life the magical tale of a mysterious underwater world, mermaids, a spell and true love that conquers everyting. At the time it was a big hit and now Ariel has once again come ashore with a digitally restored version of this Disney classic.
Ariel, The Little Mermaid, is a young, curious and slightly stubborn mermaid who lives in the underwater kingdom ruled by her father King Triton. To some this may sound amazing and wonderful but to Ariel life above sealevel is much more interesting. She is always on the hunt for special man-made treasures and loves hearing from her seagull friend Scuttle what humans get up to. Her biggest wish is to get amongst humans herself but this is strictly forbidden by her strict (but loving) father.
One day Ariel spots a ship on the ocean and swims closer to take a peek at the celebrations on board the boat, where she spots charming prince Eric. Against her father’s warnings Ariel falls in love with this attractive human being, not a romance her father would approve of. When a storm rocks the boat and Eric is about to drown Ariel jumps in to save him and brings him to shore. Scared of being discovered she dives back into the ocean when he start to regain consciousness, but by that time Eric has already heard her beautiful singing voice and vowes to find out who saved him.
Ariel so badly wants to become part of the human world and meet Eric again that she sets out to see sea witch Ursula in the hope she can help her. Ursula and Ariel strike a deal, in return for her beautiful voice Ariel is able to swap her mermaid fin for legs for three days. Within those three days she has to get the kiss of true love or she will belong to Ursula forever. Ariel returns to the beach where Eric finds her and takes her home, but without her characteric sound will she be able to convince Eric that she is the one who saved him? Three days is not long, let alone if you need to score a true love’s kiss…
The Little Mermaid is available on DVD ($39.95), Blu-ray ($49.95) and 3D Blu-ray ($54.95) at major retailers across Australia.
To celebrate the September 11th Blu-ray and DVD release of The Little Mermaid we are giving away 3 copies of The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray. Don’t miss your chance to add this true Disney classic to your collection, enter below: