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.


DVD version

All the music, fun and excitement under the sea resurface in this magical, 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!

Product Details


List price $26.99
Aspect ratio 4:3 (Pan & Scan)
Tape format T-95 (Standard Play, NTSC)
Audio Hi-Fi Stereo (Dolby Surround encoded)
Language English
Subtitles English (Closed Captioned)


List price
  • $39.99 (1999-2000)
  • $34.99 (2000)
Chapters 27
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Disc format Single Side, Dual Layer
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • French (Dolby Surround)
  • Spanish (Dolby Surround)
Subtitles English SDH
Region code 1 (NTSC)
Bonus material
  • 1995 Re-release Trailer
  • Film Recommendations

VHS Supplements

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens October 21, 1997
2 Teaser trailer for Mulan November 4, 1997
3 Teaser trailer for A Bug's Life (shorter version) November 14, 1997
4 Video preview for Melody Time March 3, 1998
5 Trailer for The Spirit of Mickey March 31, 1998
6 Trailer for Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World March 31, 1998
7 Video preview for Lady and the Tramp March 31, 1998
8 Commercial for Disney's Cruise Line March 31, 1998
9 Commercial for One Saturday Morning on ABC March 31, 1998
10 Feature Presentation (rare version indeed) March 31, 1998
11 THX Logo August 29, 1995
12 Full Screen Format Disclamier January 22, 1994
13 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.

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Theatrical release

  1. Fun and Fancy Free (1997 VHS)
  2. Jungle 2 Jungle (VHS)
  3. Mary Poppins (1997-1999 VHS/DVD)
  4. Sleeping Beauty (1997 VHS)
  5. Alice in Wonderland (1997 VHS)
  6. The Jungle Book (1997 VHS/1999 DVD)
  7. How the Toys Saved Christmas (1997 VHS)
  8. Winnie the Pooh: Boo to You Too! (1997 VHS)

1998 VHS

  1. Hercules (1998 VHS/1999 DVD)
  2. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (VHS)
  3. Oliver Twist (VHS)
  4. Belle's Magical World (VHS)
  5. Peter Pan (1998 VHS)
  6. That Darn Cat! (VHS/DVD)

In Other Countries

Country of origin Format Release date
Japan VHS July 24, 1998
Australia VHS August 14, 1998
South Korea VHS November 28, 1998
UK VHS December 1998
UK 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 February 1999. This preview for the film was found on the Australian video release of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.

Television broadcasts

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.