Disney’s Controversial Film Finally Coming to Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital

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Walt Disney Studios has made several films in its 100 years that have been considered controversial for one reason or another. There is, of course, the infamous Song of the South (1946), but many of its modern movies have brought about their own debates among fans. These recent films include Strange World (2022) and Lightyear (2022), with controversies surrounding LGBTQ+ relationships and characters.

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The Little Mermaid (2023)

But another recent controversial film is The Little Mermaid (2023), with pushback over casting choices, GGI quality, changes to the original film’s story, new songs by Lin Manuel Miranda, and changes to the characters.

Halle Bailey as The Little Mermaid

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It has been recently announced that The Little Mermaid (2023) will be officially released digitally on July 25. In addition, the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the movie are set to be sold on September 19.

However, there has yet to be a date set for the film to premiere on Disney Plus.

Fans of the live action remake can now enjoy it from the comfort of their home – whether they have a subscription to Disney Plus or not. The movie stars Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, the evil sea witch, Javier Bardem as King Triton and features Daveed Diggs as the voice of Sebastian and Awkwafina as the voice of Scuttle.

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Box Office Performance

The movie was released in the United States on May 26 and has earned a worldwide box office total of $528 million. Although not a flop, it also has yet to reach the $1 billion mark that Aladdin (2019), The Lion King (2019), and Beauty and the Beast (2017) surpassed while in theaters a few short years ago.

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Although many cite the reason for the lukewarm numbers of The Little Mermaid (2023), as fatigue over another Disney live action remake, audiences willing to wait for it to arrive on Disney Plus, or the general public not interested in going to the movie theater since COVID, the film’s changes and controversies certainly didn’t help. It is worth noting that many of Disney’s films in the past year have fallen flat at the box office. But whether a movie performs well on paper or in theaters shouldn’t impact your personal enjoyment of the film.

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)