As fans everywhere await the Oct. 3 release of the Little Mermaid 2-disc Platinum Edition DVD, those in the Los Angeles area can look forward to catching the Disney animated on the big screen again. The digitally restored film will enjoy a limited engagement at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood from Sept. 7 through Sept. 24, complete with special live appearances by Ariel for the kids.
The Sept. 7 opening night screening on will include an informative filmmaker’s panel at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by veteran Disney animation producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), the panel will include the film’s directors John Musker & Ron Clements, supervising animator Glen Keane, Ariel voicer Jodi Benson and Ariel model Sherri Stoner. Attendees will also get a sneak preview of Disney’s newest animated short, The Little Match Girl, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King).
Released in 1989, The Little Mermaid won Academy Awards for Best Song (“Under the Sea”) and Best Original Score (by Alan Menken), and received a third nomination for the song “Kiss the Girl.” Walt Disney Home Entertainment’s Special Editio DVD will offer deleted scenes, a making-of documentary, an all-new music video, games and ‘The Little Mermaid Virtual Ride,’ which takes viewers inside a theme park attraction. The release will be available on Oct. 3 for a limited time before it goes into the Disney Vault.
The film will screen daily at the El Capitan at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the El Capitan box office, on line at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Group rate tickets are available for parties of 20 or more by calling 1-818-845-3110.