Just after The Little Mermaid was re-released in theaters on November 14, 1997, Disney planned to re-release the film on VHS in THX-certified format. The video was released on March 31, 1998. Almost a year after the VHS stopped selling (as of January 31, 1999), the film got a DVD release on December 7, 1999.
All the music, fun and excitement under the sea resurface in this magical, special/DVD edition of Disney's 28th animated masterpiece. Awash with breathtaking animation, unforgettably colorful characters and two Academy Awards for score and song, "Under the Sea," The Little Mermaid is one of Disney's most cherished films.
Ariel, the fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, is enchanted with all things human. Disregarding her father's order to stay away from the world above the sea, she swims to the surface and, in a raging storm, rescues the prince of her dreams. Determined to be human, she strikes a bargain with the devious seawitch, Ursula, and trades her fins and beautiful voice for legs. With her best friend, the adorable and chatty Flounder, and her reluctant chaperone Sebastian, the hilarious, reggae-singing Caribbean crab, at her side, Ariel must win the prince's love and save her father's kingdom - all in a heart-pounding race against time!
|1||Green warning screens||October 21, 1997|
|2||Please Stay Tuned (custom screen)||March 31, 1998||Jodi Bensons|
|3||Teaser trailer for Mulan||November 14, 1997|
|4||Next (custom version)||March 31, 1998||Jodi Benson|
|5||Teaser trailer for A Bug's Life (shorter version)||November 14, 1997|
|6||Coming soon from Walt Disney Home Video (custom version)||March 31, 1998||Jodi Benson|
|6||Video preview for Melody Time||March 3, 1998||Mark Elliott|
|7||Next (custom version)||March 31, 1998||Jodi Benson|
|8||Trailer for The Spirit of Mickey||March 31, 1998||Mark Elliott|
|9||Next (custom version)||March 31, 1998||Jodi Benson|
|10||Trailer for Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World||March 31, 1998||Mark Elliott|
|11||Next (custom version)||March 31, 1998||Jodi Benson|
|12||Video preview for Lady and the Tramp||March 31, 1998||Mark Elliott|
|13||Next (custom version)||March 31, 1998||Jodi Benson|
|14||Disney's Cruise Line commercial||March 31, 1998||Jodi Benson|
|15||On ABC bumper (custom version)||March 31, 1998||Jodi Benson|
|16||One Saturday Morning on ABC commercial||March 31, 1998||Brian Cummings|
|17||Stay Tuned After the Feature (custom screen)||March 31, 1998||Jodi Benson|
|18||Feature Presentation (custom screen)||March 31, 1998||Jodi Benson|
|19||THX Logo||February 4, 1997|
|20||Full Screen Format Disclamier||January 22, 1994|
|21||The Little Mermaid (restored verison)||November 14, 1997|
Early copies have the narration for Jodi Benson saying "Like our friends in another Disney film coming this year" during a preview for A Bug's Life.
In Other Countries
|Country of origin||Format||Release date|
|Japan||VHS||July 24, 1998|
|France||VHS||October 31, 1998|
|United Kingdom||VHS||November 23, 1998|
|South Korea||VHS||November 28, 1998|
|Australia||VHS||January 29, 1999|
|United Kingdom||DVD||March 24, 2000|
|Japan||DVD||November 17, 2000|
Notice: After showing in theaters across Australia in June 1998 at the time of the winter school holidays, The Little Mermaid was actually released on videocassette in the same country in January 29, 1999. This preview for the film was found on the Australian video release of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.
The Little Mermaid premiered on the ABC television network on February 28, 1999 and on the Disney Channel in this format from June 12, 1999 to September 8, 1999.