Life Is the Bubbles With a Disney+ Subscription — ABC’s ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ Joins the Streaming Platform’s Library

Our musical prayers have been answered. Disney+ added a stage production to their library of movies and television shows — ABC’s 2019 release, The Little Mermaid Live! However, this isn’t the only musical available on the streaming platform. What other musicals are available on Disney+? Is the original The Little Mermaid and its sequels available for binge-watching? Learn more about this subscription service here.

ABC's "The Little Mermaid Live!"
ABC’s “The Little Mermaid Live!” | Eric McCandless via Getty Images

Disney+ added ABC’s ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ to their library

For the first time, ABC did their own live stage production of a musical. On Nov. 5, 2019, the television network premiered The Little Mermaid Live, complete with clips of the original film and original songs. The cast included Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho as the title character, Queen Latifah as Ursula, and John Stamos as the Chef. If you missed the premiere of this production, there’s still a chance to catch The Little Mermaid Live, thanks to Disney’s recently-released streaming platform, Disney+.

This December, Disney added The Little Mermaid Live! to its Disney+ library. With this subscription service, viewers can watch content produced by Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and National Geographic. There are even a handful of musicals on there available for binge-watching. (We’re looking at you, Into the Woods and Newsies.)

The original version of ‘The Little Mermaid’ is available for streaming on Disney+

It’s always a good time to go under the sea with Ariel and her friends. Thanks to Disney+, the company’s library vault of animated classics is now open and available for watching anytime. That includes the 1989 animated movie, The Little Mermaid, in addition to movies like Sleeping Beauty, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast.

Additionally, spin-off movies and television series’ of The Little Mermaid are available on this streaming platform, as well. That includes The Little Mermaid II: Return To The Sea, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, and the television series, entitled The Little Mermaid.

Will the live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’ premiere on Disney+?

There’s a new version of The Little Mermaid swimming into cinemas. Disney recently announced their live-action adaptation of this movie, complete with cast members Halle Bailey (Ariel,) Melissa McCarthy (Ursula,) and Jonah Hauer-King (Prince Eric.)

According to Showbiz Cheat Sheet, “this adaptation will feature songs of the original movie, in addition to new musical numbers written by Alan Menken (music) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (lyrics.) Additionally, Rob Marshall will direct The Little Mermaid. The film is produced by Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. According to Radio Times, ‘filming and production are rumored to start in April 2020.’”

While this production will likely head straight to theaters, other live-action adaptations are available for streaming on Disney+. That includes the live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. Disney+ also releases original movies, like their live-action adaptation of Lady and the Tramp.

The original animated movie, The Little Mermaid, and ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live are available for streaming on Disney+. To learn more about Disney+ and to subscribe, visit their website.