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    Updated on Feb 24, 2019. Posted on Feb 23, 2019

    If You Love "The Little Mermaid," Then You Need To Check Out The Wonderful Concept Art For It

    How many behind-the-scenes wonders can the Disney Archive hold?

    Alright Disney fans, as you probably already know, this year marks the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid. An iconic movie that wasn't just a return to form for Disney, but also the one that brought on the Disney Renaissance.

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    And to mark the milestone anniversary, Disney is re-releasing the movie on Blu-ray and 4K, and in celebration gave BuzzFeed some exclusive images of the concept art that went into making the beloved masterpiece.

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    1. Early concept art of Ariel, where she is really giving me Kesha vibes:

    Rowland Wilson/ Courtesy of Disney

    2. An early pencil sketch of Ariel:

    Glen Keane/ Courtesy of Disney

    3. Concept art of Ariel as a blonde, strawberry blonde, and with her trademark red hair:

    Disney Studio Artists/ Courtesy of Disney

    4. Ariel (alongside Flounder?) looking a bit more like she did in the film:

    Glen Keane/ Courtesy of Disney

    5. A sketch of Prince Eric, where he looks like a cross between Penn Badgley and Darren Criss:

    Daniel Haskett/ Courtesy of Disney

    6. Various designs for Sebastian. The design on the top left almost looks like it's paying homage to Johann Sebastian Bach:

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    7. An early design concept for King Triton, where he doesn't have his signature six-pack abs or white hair:

    Ruben Aquino/ Courtesy of Disney

    8. A sketch of King Triton and Ariel from what looks like the scene where he finds that she went to the surface:

    Bruce Morris/ Courtesy of Disney

    9. Early concept sketch of the scene where Ursula asks Ariel for her voice:

    Glen Keane/ Courtesy of Disney

    10. Another piece of early concept art of Ariel and Ursula from what appears to be a scene from "Poor Unfortunate Souls":

    Bruce Morris/ Courtesy of Disney

    11. This early sketch of Ursula where her looks somewhat resemble Maleficent:

    Daniel Haskett/ Courtesy of Disney

    12. Another early design of Ursula, but instead of being an octopus she is designed after a stingray:

    Ruben Aquino/ Courtesy of Disney

    13. Ursula looking creepy AF and a bit more like the final version of the character:

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    14. And finally, a reference sheet for Ursula looking the way we grew up loving her:

    Disney Studio Artist/ Courtesy of Disney

    The Little Mermaid Signature Collection is available on Digital HD now and on Blu-ray on February 26th.

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