The Little Mermaid, Blu-ray and My Creepy Crush
The last time I watched The Little Mermaid, I was too young to realize that Ariel is a sexy little thing. It may be creepy to have a crush on a seashell-bikini-wearing cartoon redhead, but luckily no one ever reads my movie reviews so no one will ever know.
Wait, who are you and why are you here?
Anyway, that little vixen of a mermaid has found her way onto Blu-ray for the very first time, which means you can experience the pre-computer 2D animation in all kinds of high definition glory. I would say that the extra clarity ruins Ariel’s complexion, but the girl is perfect. No blemishes or anything. Go figure. About that figure…
Fans of The Little Mermaid – even the non-creepy ones – should be excited about this opportunity to own the movie on Blu-ray for the first time, assuming you care about Blu-ray in the first place. The box set comes with DVD and digital copies as well. While the animation is a little rough around the edges by today’s standards (Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, released just a couple years later, are significantly more advanced). the movie still holds up extremely well.
It of course helps that I couldn’t remember much of anything about the plot. A girl with a tail swims around in an outfit no father would approve of. She falls in love with some dude with legs, because he has legs (also, his name is Eric, almost like me. Just saying…). She has a flounder as a friend. Et cetera, et cetera…
But seriously, The Little Mermaid is still very entertaining, even if the story is pretty straightforward and teaches little girls that it is OK to give up your family and entire way of life (not to mention your genetics) to be with a handsome rich guy. The music is terrific, and when you pause the movie the Blu-ray actually switches to sing-along mode.
Most of the bonus features are kid-oriented, but Disney is promoting the disc as having more than three hours of “splashing bonus,” whatever the hell “splashing bonus” is. I didn’t bother watching many of them, as my main goals were to watch the movie for the first time in at least 20 years and develop a crush on a cartoon character.