This listing is for The Little Mermaid (Disney Black Diamond Classic Banned Cover) VHS Video Tape.
Actors: Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Paddi Edwards
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Digital Sound, NTSC, HiFi Sound
Rated: G - General Audience
Number of tapes: 1
Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Run Time: 83 minutes
THE LITTLE MERMAID, one of the most celebrated animated films of all time. Venture under the sea where Ariel, a free-spirited mermaid princess, longs to be part of the human world. After bravely striking a bargain with Ursula, a sneaky sea witch, Ariel embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. With Flounder and Sebastian at her side, Ariel will need all of her courage and determination to make things right in both her worlds.
The Walt Disney Classics was a series of VHS releases of Disney animated features that spanned from 1984 to 1994, with its very first release being Robin Hood and the last being The Fox and the Hound, and VCD releases that spanned from 1998 to 2003. Many Disney animated features made their home video debuts through this series. It is often referred to by fans as the "Black Diamond" collection, referring to the shape of the black diamond-shaped "Classics" logo seen on the spine of each video's case and at the beginning of each tape. Although the series initially consisted entirely of older Disney animated features, the success of The Little Mermaid led to more recent films being released as part of the collection.
One facet of Disney’s home video history seems to be garnering an increasing amount of attention - the first release of their animated feature films to VHS format in the U.S., under a release type named “The Classics.” These videos, packaged in clamshell cases and sporting a uniform style (a rare thing amongst Disney DVDs today), are the elusive “Black Diamonds” (or BDs) referred to among Disney fans, so named because of the black diamond-shaped “Classics” logo on the spine of the case. Many of them are also distinguished by the “peel-away” bottom corner that proudly proclaimed that these films were “The Original Animated Classic!” Starting with Dumbo, the “Classics” collection spanned 18 titles from about 1988 to 1993 - with Aladdin as the last video to ever be released under the “Classics” logo. These videos have a unique place in Disney history, as they turned a whole new generation on to the vast library of quality films. Instead of waiting for a theatrical re-release, as was custom, one could now choose from any number of films and view them as many times as they wished at home. Thus was the birth of the now-common Disney enthusiast! Though the tapes now have only a collector’s value, they should be be rightfully regarded as a landmark in Disney’s film history.
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