Let this wonderful story, be part of your world again | Disney's The Little Mermaid Anniversary Edition + Freebies

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Here at Just Happiling, we are celebrating the Anniversary Edition of our all-time-favorite Disney's The Little Mermaid, with a couple of easy crafts that we'd love to share with you. Please join us in this celebration, learn more about this special film's release, and get crafty!

Like many of you, I just love everything Disney. However, there has always been this one movie which I always identified myself with; The Little Mermaid. Why? Ever since I was a little kid, something I really enjoyed, was story-time. Not only did it create a special bond with my mom, but it also allowed us to expand our imagination. Since the first moment I heard Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, I fell in love with the story. It was a sad story, but I still loved it.

This is the reason why, when Disney made their version of this favorite of mine, my mom knew that watching it in theaters would make me a very happy kid. She was not wrong. Living in Mexico at the time, gave me the opportunity to watch the movie both in English and Spanish. I became so obsessed with this film, that I actually memorized the whole script in both languages. I thought it was great, because if I needed to kill some time, I could just close my eyes, and go through the movie in my head just as it was. I know, it was a little over the edge, but that's how much I loved the film. So, every play, every musical, and every toy store that had anything in relation to the film, I was there. I guess that having this story in my life, helped me get through a couple of hard transitions during my childhood. I was nine years old when the movie came out, changes were happening too fast, and this film was what kept me connected with just being a child, while enjoying the magic of imagination. Plus, the idea that happy ending can actually happen even if you think that's not the outcome you were expecting. In reality this story always reminded me that all stories deserve a happy ending, no mater what.

So cutting the whole story short, because I could talk The Little Mermaid forever, lol. I will just say that I am super excited to be celebrating the release of this anniversary edition of Disney's The Little Mermaid, in Digital, Blu-ray, DVD, and for the first time ever in 4k Ultra HD with all of you, by sharing some crafts that I created with loads of love, for all of you, so here we go!

LET'S GET CRAFTY

CRAFT #1

To create this craft, you'll have to get some felt sheets in different colors. Think of; green (two tones), red, flesh, blue, purple, and any other color you'd like for extras. Those are the colors to create Ariel, The Little Mermaid. You'll also need a needle and thread in colors similar to the felt, but contrasting somewhat. You'll also need; scissors, extra pins, and my sketch, which you can download for free right here ***LINK for SKETCH***. If you don't want to sew, you can use fabric glue, however, the outcome would be very different, and, in my opinion, this looks better if sewn. 

1) Print my sketch for the parts of this felt craft, and cut the pieces into separate parts. 


2) Use the extra pins to pin each paper piece onto the matching color, as shown below. Parts of the hair, are pinned on the red felt for easy cutting.


3) Carefully cut each piece to match the pattern. You can also cut the stencil right on the line and trace the edges with fabric pencil. I chose to do it like this, to avoid drawing on the felt. Either way works well. 


4) Once you have all your pieces, start putting the figure together until you are pleased on how it looks, and pin it to a bigger piece of felt, like I've done below, over the blue felt. This way, the pieces won't move as I am sewing. 


5) Start sewing, by using the colors that match, but also contrast a little with the felt color you are sewing at that time. I started with the tail, as shown below. Both green threads I used, were lighter than the felt color.


6) Once you have all the figure sewn, you can choose to further detail your craft. You can use the same thread to create lines, such as I've done on the fin, in the photo below. You can also use to either paint the face, use a pen, paint, or the same thread to embroider the facial features. You can also choose to leave it blank, I think that looks cute as well. In my case I decided to go for it and use threads all the way.


6) Lastly, once done, you can decide to leave the background felt as is, add a string and hang it as if it were a felt painting. Or, you could cut it into a smaller shape and stuff it and make it an ornament. Or, you could create a pocket, just like pillow cases, and hide a chocolate or a special note for a friend, and gift this felt pocket to a special someone who also loves The Little Mermaid. This is what I ended up with, as shown in the picture below. I think she looks so cute, and I think this could work also to save teeth for the tooth fairy, and other creative ways to use this cute felt pocket craft. 


Now, what would you use it for? Let me know in a comment below, I'd love to hear your ideas, or what you'd create if you choose to get crafty with us, in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Disney's The Little Mermaid. Not good with sewing, cutting, and so on? Not to worry, we have a second crafty option for you right below. **wink!

CRAFT #2

Now, if you are not that great at sewing, and want to do a simpler craft with your kids, or for your inner child, this is our option number two. Doodling Disney's The Little Mermaid with ink. You can use a nice fancy calligraphy pen and waterproof ink, or just a regular pen. This last one would be way safer if you have kids. Not only due to the sharp point of calligraphy pens, but also due to accidentally knocking down the ink bottle. That is, unless your kids are already familiar with these tools, and know how to handle them, then by all means, try it out! Download my sketch for this crafty idea in this link ***LINK to SKETCH*** download it, print it and get doodling.

1) First, get your doodling medium: Ink & Calligraphy pen, a normal gel pen, or both.


2) Print my sketch, and pass it to a sheet of paper, very lightly with a fine pencil. You can use trace paper, a light box, or my favorite method shown below, using a well-lit window. I bet this trick is going to come handy at some point, so do remember it. 


3) Start using your ink medium to create different shapes for texture, such as the scales in the tale, little ruffles on the shells, and many fading lines to show direction, such as in the hair and fin. Play with shapes, and lines, create your own masterpiece. Use the gel pen for more detailed doodling, such as facial features. 


4) Tada! You've just created a cute black and white piece of art that you can frame, or even continue adding to it. If you used watercolor ink like I did, after it dries, you can add some watercolor to it, just make sure you are using the right type of paper. You can skip my sketch and try doing your own sketch and doodling the texture in the same way as you would with this one. Remember that art is what you make of it, and what makes you smile once you finish.


You can skip the black ink all together, and like in the first picture in this blog post, just create the textures and shapes with color markers, or even pencils.

We also got some FREE activity sheets inspired on the film just for you! Click on the following link, and share with your family and friends. ***FREE Downloadable Activity Link***

Remember that you are the creator of your own masterpiece, so get crafty, and enjoy!

ABOUT THE FILM

Make the Treasured Animated Musical Part of Your World
“The Little Mermaid” Dives Into the Walt Disney Signature Collection
On Digital, 4K Ultra HD  and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12 
and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ on Feb. 26


For the first time ever in sparkling 4K Ultra HD  and featuring a fin-tastic sing-along mode along with over 45 minutes of exciting new bonus features for new and old fans alike to enjoy.

BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2019) — In honor of its 30th anniversary, two-time Academy Award®-winner (Best Original Score and Best Original Song “Under the Sea,” 1989) “The Little Mermaid,” dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. The magical, musical tale of mermaid princess Ariel — along with loveable sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder, and the love-to-hate sea witch Ursula — is shore to make a splash with all generations when it comes home for the first time Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD  and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12, and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ on Feb. 26.

The Signature Edition of “The Little Mermaid” showcases its award-winning musical score and iconic songs such as “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World” with a sing-along mode allowing you to accompany this beloved cast of characters on their journey.   Never-before-seen bonus features bring legendary composer Alan Menken and some of Disney’s most recognizable leading ladies together around a piano to reminisce, sing and celebrate “The Little Mermaid.” The latest installment of “Stories from Walt’s Office” compares Walt and Ariel’s love of collecting treasures. Viewers will also receive an inside look at the “The Little Mermaid” cast in their original recording sessions, explore hidden treasures and fun facts from the film, and enjoy a special performance of “Part of Your World” by a cappella singing sensation DCapella. Plus, fans will have access to hours of additional classic bonus features! 

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale about a beautiful mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human, “The Little Mermaid” was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (“Aladdin”). It features the voice talents of Jodi Benson (“Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3”) as Ariel, Pat Carroll (“Laverne & Shirley”) as Ursula, Samuel E. Wright (Broadway’s “The Lion King”) as Sebastian, Christopher Daniel Barnes (“The Brady Bunch Movie”) as Eric, Kenneth Mars (“Young Frankenstein”) as Triton, Buddy Hackett (“The Music Man”) as Scuttle, Jason Marin (“Back to the Future”) as Flounder and René Auberjonois (“The Patriot”) as Chef Louis. The film was originally released in theaters on Nov. 15, 1989 and is the 28th film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the first in what many described as a new Disney animation renaissance.

“The Little Mermaid” is the seventh title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King” and “Lady and the Tramp.”

ALL-NEW BONUS FEATURES: *


BLU-RAY & DIGITAL
  • Sing-Along Mode – Sing along to the movie in this  sing-along version of the film.
  • Alan Menken & the Leading Ladies Song – From the voice of a mermaid to the tunes of a muse, the music of Alan Menken has scored the soundtrack for some of Disney’s most iconic leading ladies. Join Alan, Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas Singing Voice), Lillias White (Calliope) and Donna Murphy (Mother Gothel) as we celebrate the music of their films in honor of the one that started it all … “The Little Mermaid.”  In this discussion, the ladies will share their memories of musically creating their characters with Alan, discuss what it means to be part of the Disney Princess/leading lady legacy and create new memories as they sing with Alan around a baby grand piano.
  • “What I Want From You…Is YOUR VOICE” – Enter the recording studio and get an inside look at the cast of “The Little Mermaid” in their original recording sessions.
  • Stories From Walt’s Office – Gadgets & Gizmos – Like Ariel, Walt Disney was a collector of many different things from miniatures to early mechanical characters that inspired the invention of audio-animatronics. We take a look at some the collections that Walt kept in his office in the third episode of this series.
  • #TreasuresUntold – Join Ruby Rose Turner and Olivia Sanabia from the Disney Channel Original Series “Coop and Cami Ask the World” as they take a deep dive to explore some hidden treasures and fun facts about Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” 
  • DCapella “Part of Your World” Music Video
  • Classic Bonus Features – revisit four exciting bonus features from previous releases including:
    • Deleted Character: Harold The Merman
    • Under The Scene: The Art Of Live Action Reference
    • Howard’s Lecture
    • Audio Commentary With Ron Clements, John Musker and Alan Menken
DIGITAL EXCLUSIVES
  • “Part of Your World” - A 30-Year Retrospective – Songwriter Alan Menken and Jodi Benson, the acting and singing voice of Ariel, sing the epitome of Disney “I Want” songs “Part of Your World” and discuss its impact since it was first heard 30 years ago.
  • Classic Bonus Features – Over 3 additional hours of previously released classic bonus features including Deleted Scenes, Easter Eggs, Music Videos and more.
*Bonus features may vary by retailer


PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
Product SKUs: Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Code); Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Code), Digital UHD/HD/SD, DVD and On-Demand

Feature Run Time: Approximately 83 minutes
Rating: G in U.S. and Canada
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 1.78

Audio: 4K UHD BD: English Dolby Atmos, Latin Spanish, & French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital
Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Latin Spanish and French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital 
DVD:  English, Latin Spanish, and French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital 
4K UHD Digital: English Dolby Atmos (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
HD Digital: English 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital

Languages/Subtitles: 4K UHD BD Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish & French 
BD Subtitles: English SDH & ESL, Spanish & French
DVD Subtitles: English SDH & ESL, Spanish & French
Digital Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin Spanish
Digital & DVD Captions: English 

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ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY SIGNATURE COLLECTION:
The Walt Disney Signature Collection includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. Each release will offer special features for every member of your family plus a unique digital experience. To date, the collection includes “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King” and “Peter Pan.”

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:
For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

ABOUT WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS:
Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013's Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE:
Movies Anywhere simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers are iTunes. Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and FandangoNOW. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,500 digital movies, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices, Windows 10 and Xbox devices; and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere.

LET'S TALK
Who will you be enjoying this anniversary edition with? What bonus feature are you mostly excited about? Who in your house do you think is the biggest fan of The Little Mermaid? What are other Disney films that you still enjoy as much as when you were a kid? Please let us know in a comment below, we'd love to hear you. Don't forget to join our online community at Just Happiling via email or social media, to be up-to-date with the latest fun family films and activities just like this one. But until then, please remember to smile, because it's contagious.

XOXO

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