Saturday, 31 August 2013

Ten things you probably never knew about the woman behind Disney's The Little Mermaid*

*Seven confirmed by the woman herself. 

1: The eponymous demi-fish was voiced by Jodi Benson. 

2: Jodi landed the job after working on the Broadway musical Smile with Howard Ashman and Marvin Hamlisch. 

3: It was her first voice over job. She created a reel- to-reel audition, and 18 months later got the call that her tape had been selected. 

4: Unlike many animated films where the dialogue is recorded in isolation by individual actors, TLM was approached more like a Broadway musical. 
The cast spent the first day together reading through the script, then recorded together for the first day. 

5: Jodi recorded her dialogue in 14 days... over two-and-a-half years. 

6: Ms Benson was also the voice of Barbie in the Toy Story films. 

7: She spent her first day on Toy Story 2 playing with a box of Barbies with director John Lasseter.

8: Now in her fifties, Jodi lives in Atlanta and is a home school mum to her two children, aged 12 and 14. They travel on weekends for concerts and appearances. 

9: She has never been to Disneyland Paris. 

10: According to Box Office Mojo, it grossed $111,543,479 (£71,980,000) in the US and $99,800,000 (£64,393,000) in the rest of the world. 

The Little Mermaid is out on Blu-Ray from September 2. 

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