Jodi Benson Reflects On The “Wonderful Surprise” Of ‘The Little Mermaid’

The Little Mermaid 30th Anniversary Edition is now available on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray (the release came out on digital February 12).

With this release, The Little Mermaid is now the seventh title to become part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection, as it follows the classics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Bambi, The Lion King, and Lady and the Tramp.

New special features on the disc includes original recording sessions of The Little Mermaid, the DCapella music video “Part of Your World,” a featurette on Walt Disney (Stories From Walt’s Office – Gadgets & Gizmos), and #TreauresUntold (which has Coop and Cami Ask The World stars Ruby Rose Turner and Olivia Sanabia interesting facts about The Little Mermaid).

The special feature that is a total must see is “Alan Menken & The Leading Ladies Song.” The segment has Menken sitting down and reminiscing with actresses Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Beauty and the Beast), Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas), Lillias White (Hercules), and Donna Murphy (Tangled). Each actress gets to sing a few notes with Menken and reflect on their Disney film experiences, and late lyricist Howard Ashman is also remembered during the conversation.

We interviewed Benson back in 1997 for an earlier release of The Little Mermaid, and in the clip below she talks about how she had “no idea” that The Little Mermaid, which she described as a “wonderful surprise,” was going to be a huge hit.

To listen to archival interviews with Benson, Howard Ashman, Roy E. Disney, and Alan Menken, check out the podcast Matt and Greg Used To Interview Movie Stars.

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