This Live-Action Footage For "The Little Mermaid" Is Fascinating

Turns out, the actor used to create Ariel was...a brunette.

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Disney is reissuing The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray and there are some amazing extras that might be new to even cult Disney fans. (Like, for example, a look at a deleted character called Harold The Merman?!)

Some of the best stuff, however, is a behind-the-scenes look at exactly how The Little Mermaid was created — here are the actual people whose movements and expressions came to create Prince Eric and Ariel in animated form.

In this clip, "Prince Eric" talks about how live action turns into animation.

And here's a bit about Ariel. Turns out a lot of Ariel's quirks came from improvisation.

The three-disc Blu-ray package of The Little Mermaid is out on Oct. 1. You can find out more here.