Meet Harold, the deleted merman from 'Little Mermaid'
05:00 AM, Sep 26, 2013
Nearly 25 years after being left on the cutting-room floor at the bottom of the ocean no less Harold the Merman is being introduced to a new generation of Disney fans.
The deleted character never made his big splash in the 1989 animated feature The Little Mermaid, yet comes alive in an animated storyboard sequence included on a new Blu-ray release of the movie, out Tuesday.
“We always liked Harold and he was actually in our original script,” says co-writer/co-director Ron Clements.
“He was close to our hearts and we were sorry to see him go, but the movie was too long so he never quite made it to the finish,” adds co-writer/co-director John Musker.
He was meant to add a foreshadowing element to the film and what would happen if one ran afoul of the evil Ursula.
In the storyboard sequence, the nerdy Harold struck a bargain with Ursula to receive strength to impress women in return for a fresh water lily, but he’s bamboozled by the undersea villainess and she unleashes her malevolent moray eels Flotsam and Jetsam on him.
With the new release, Clements says, “Harold finally has his day in the sun, or under water or whatever.”
In addition to Harold’s debut appearance, the bonus features of The Little Mermaid Blu-ray also include voice actress Jodi Benson visiting New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World, a sing-along section, a featurette on live-action underwater reference and a music video of Carly Rae Jepsen tackling the song Part of Your World.