Frequently Asked Questions

SECTION 1: MERCHANDISE QUESTIONS

  1. Where can I get:
  2. Can you make video/DVD copies of ... for me?
  3. Do you know when ... will be released in the theatre / on DVD?
  4. Can make a full copy soundtrack of ... for me?

SECTION 2: WEBSITE QUESTIONS

  1. Can I suggest a movie to become a minor shrine?
  2. There's this movie / tv show that I think you'll enjoy, can I let you know about it?
  3. I have an idea for something you can do, or how can you improve your site. Are you interested?
  4. Can I request a specific song to be the next Song of the Moment?
  5. How do you choose your next Song of the Moment, anyway?
  6. Why do you only provide mp3 samples on your website, but not the full songs?
  7. What program do you use for editing your mp3s?
  8. Can I contribute fanfic / fanart / photoshop art / a fan essay to your site?
  9. I think you've missed out on something / made a mistake?
  10. I can't seem to download a particular page / picture / file?
  11. Can you link my website?
  12. Can I link your website?
  13. I have a website. Can I affiliate with you?
  14. Can I copy some of your stuff for my website?
  15. Can I copy some of your pictures for my website?
  16. Where did you get all these pictures?
  17. What program do you use to edit your pictures or creating your banners?
  18. When will you update next?
  19. How do you make your website?
  20. Where did you get all the videos in your video galleries from?
  21. How did you get the videos into the computer? What programs do you use?
  22. Do you have better quality versions of these videos?
  23. Can I share the videos on my site?
  24. Can I use your videos to make a music video of my own?
  25. Can you tell me more about this "video capture card"?
  26. I tried downloading a video, but the page is expired. What do I do?
  27. I emailed you, but you haven't responded! What do I do?


1. Where can I get:

Disney's The Little Mermaid Blu-Ray/DVD/VHS/merchandise/magazines?

The 1989 The Little Mermaid, its sequel The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning all have been released on DVD and Blu-Ray. However, Disney rereleases its media in cycles, where the films are available for a "limited time" before being returned to the Disney vault, and I no longer keep track of these cycles. Other websites such as DVDizzy are more up-to-date on what is available out there. If the films are "out of the vault", they should be available in major retailers and at the online Disney store.

As for the various albums in the franchise, I have listed out my opinion on how rare the individual albums are on the music page. The higher rated albums (8-10) should be available in major retailers and on the Disney store, while rarer albums are probably only available through secondhand marketplaces such as ebay.

The TV series The Little Mermaid has not been released in any complete collection anywhere. A few episodes were released on VHS, which are out of print, while others are available in the various Disney Princess DVDs, but since I don't have any of them, I can't tell you which DVD has what episode. The episodes that were released on VHS are:

A Whale of a Tale + Urchin + Stormy + The Great Sebastian
In Harmony + Charmed + Red + Trident True
Double Bubble + Message in a Bottle
Wish Upon a Starfish + Metal Fish + Giggles + Against the Tide
The above videos are available through amazon, ebay and well-stocked movie stores that still sell videos.

There is a great deal of other merchandise such as songbooks, story books, comics and novelisations related to the franchise, but these are found quite sporadically in bookshops. Currently the Disney Princess line is producing quite a number of Little Mermaid-related items, and these are much easier to find. Although I'm a fan, I'm not a dedicated collector, and there are other more comprehensive websites out there that should be better help. For rarer books, secondhand marketplaces such as betterworldbooks and alibris can be useful sources.

The Swan Princess DVD/music/merchandise?

The Swan Princess franchise has had a resurgence with the new 3D films, so DVDs, soundtracks and merchandise have become easier to find through its official website.

Thumbelina DVD/music/merchandise?

Thumbelina has been released on Blu-Ray and DVD and can be found quite easily in good movie stores and retailers. Same goes for the soundtrack.

I don't know whether there was ever any other Thumbelina merchandise made.

Pocahontas Blu-Ray/DVD/music/merchandise?

Disney rereleases its media in cycles, where its films are available for a "limited time" before being returned to the Disney vault, and I no longer keep track of these cycles. Other websites such as DVDizzy are more up-to-date on what is available out there, including Pocahontas and its sequel. If the films are "out of the vault", they should be available in major retailers and at the online Disney store.

There was quite a lot of Pocahontas merchandise released back when the movie first came out. A lot of it is still on the market, but I'm not a collector and I can't advise anyone where to look.

The Little Mermaid and Swan Lake anime?

The anime The Little Mermaid can be purchased through Discotek Media.

I'm less sure about the anime Swan Lake, though certain distributors are still selling official factory-sealed videos through amazon and ebay. Be cautious when buying online, because movies can be labelled incorrectly and there are people who are selling pirated copies that they claim are original.

There were soundtracks released for both these shows, but they are extremely rare, and I don't know where they can be found.

Fluppy Dogs?

As far as I know Disney has never released Fluppy Dogs on video, and has no plans to release it on video or DVD any time soon. I'm still hoping they will, since they've started releasing Disney afternoon classics lately.

Cinderella's Wonderland / Once Upon a Time / Mario und Bello Blue?

This movie (in its original form) used to be available through the official Rolf Kauka website, but not anymore. I'm still on the look-out for the English-dubbed version, if anyone has any info please do let me know.

Hugo the Hippo?

Original VHS copies of the English and Hungarian versions have been seen on ebay. The movie has not been released on DVD but home-made DVD copies made from VHS-transfers are being sold on ebay as well.

Mermaids, the 2003 live-action film about three mermaid sisters?

I have the movie on DVD, but I obtained it purely by chance from a thrift store in the UK. My searching has revealed that for whatever bizarre reason, it is not available on the regular internet-shopping places like amazon. I don't know why this is the case, but if I find a proper source, I'll update this space.

2. Can you make video/DVD copies of .... for me?

If the movie is still in print, the answer is no.

If the movie is out print, I'd seriously recommend trying ebay or amazon. Feel free to contact me to ask if I have any new info, though.

3. Do you know when ... will be released in cinemas or on DVD?

There are other much better websites with up-to-date info on movie releases, including Keyframe, Disney DVDs and Ultimate Disney.

4. Can you make a full copy of ... soundtrack for me?

I won't burn CD copies for people, but I'm open to discussion. Join my yahoogroup or email me if you have further questions or requests.


SECTION 2: WEBSITE QUESTIONS

1. Can I suggest a movie to become a minor shrine?

I've kinda lost interest in minor shrines for the time being, so no, thank you.

2. There's this movie / tv show that I think you'll enjoy, can I let you know about it?

Yes! I've gotten to know quite a few obscure shows because people told me about them.

3. I have an idea for something you can do, or how you can improve your site. Are you interested?

Always. Let me know in the yahoogroup or through my email: , or leave a comment on any of the pages in this website.

4. Can I request certain songs to be the next Song of the Moment?

I've fallen behind in updating this feature of the website, so perhaps not.

5. How do you choose your next Song of the Moment, anyway?

I don't have a specific pattern or system; I just choose whatever song I happen to like at that particular moment. The only "unspoken" rule I follow is that once I have chosen a song from a specific movie or tv show, I will NOT feature any other songs from that movie or tv show. For example, if you look at the Previous Songs of the Moment, you'll see I have already featured a song from The Aristocats, so I will not be featuring any more songs from the movie. Maybe one day I'll run out of the movies or tv shows, but that hasn't happened yet.

6. Why do you provide only mp3 samples on your website, but not the full songs?

Because unlicensed music sharing is against the law, and I will get into serious trouble if I do that.

7. What program do you use for editing your mp3s?

I use Audacity, which can be download free from HERE.

8. Can I contribute fanfic, fanart or a fan essay to your site?

This feature doesn't seem to get much interest anymore, but for fanfic and fanart, check out my submission guidelines page. Fan essays are no longer a feature here, though.

9. I think you've missed out on something / made a mistake.

Then tell me. Additional info is always appreciated, and will be credited duly. This site has become surprisingly big over the past few years, so I'm bound to make mistakes.

10. I can't seem to download a particular page/picture/file...

There could be a few reasons for this. Either your connection is bad, my host is acting a little wonky or I've made a mistake somewhere. Whatever the case, please let me know so I can check what's going on.

11. Can you link my website?

Sure, no problem! Just email me about your site.

12. Can I link you?

Please do! Choose a banner, if you like.

13. I have a website. Can I affiliate with you?

As long as your website is somehow related to animation, then yes I'd love to. Please send me an email:

14. Can I copy some of your stuff for my website?

If you mean copying some of the lyrics, or the script, yes you may, because I don't own those items.

But if you mean copying full pages of text I wrote myself, such as the minor shrine articles, or my commentary on various characters, or even bits of the moments page, I'd really appreciate it if you don't. However if you're only taking small chunks, and then clearly stating where you got the text from and linking back to my site, then that's fine. Please give credit where credit is due.

15. Can I copy some of your pictures for my website?

The title graphics and fanart are off-limits, but everything else is okay, though please keep it within reason. For example, if you take full galleries, which took ages for me to screencap, sort and organize, that's not really nice. I appreciate it if you link back to my site, but it's not compulsory.

16. Where did you get all these pictures?

I have three sources:

1: Most of the screencaps used throughout this site were taken by myself from my DVD using a DVD-rom or video using a video capture card. (For more info about what a video capture card is, go to question number 25.) Other pictures were scanned in with a typical scanner.

2: Some pics are those found throughout the 'net from official sources, some of these can be seen on The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas sections.

3: Submissions. These include fanart, pics and screencaps (eg. in the Thumbelina gallery and Kissing Gallery), which were sent in to me by various extremely helpful people, and have been duly credited.

Except for a few instances where specifically stated, I don't take graphics from other people's sites.

17. What program did you use to edit your pictures or create your banners?

I used Corel Paintshop Pro, which I bought online.

18. When will you update next?

Back during this website heyday I used to make a point of updating once a week. Now I have no idea what I'm doing and will update whenever I feel the urge. If you join the yahoogroup you'll be the first to know when the site gets updated.

19. How do you make your website?

Back when I first started, I used Netscape Composer. Nowadays, I just write the HTML code myself in Notepad. There are other more thorough websites that can teach you how to make a site yourself.

20. Where do you get all the videos in your video galleries from?

All the music videos and video clips that are currently available in the video gallery were obtained either from DVDs I own, or were recorded from television.

21. How did you get the videos into the computer? What programs do you use?

If the original source was a video tape, I used my video capture card to transfer the video into my computer. For more info about what a video capture card is, go to question number 25.

If the original source was a DVD, I used a DVD-converter program to save the movie in my computer. The program I use most of the time now is DVD Ripper. Once the movie is in my computer, I edit is using my Pinnacle Movie Studio editor, which I bought on CD.

22. Do you have better quality versions of these videos?

No. Once I've uploaded the lower quality clips, I delete the source material from my computer.

23. Can I share the videos on my site?

Sure, go ahead.

NOTICE: I do not own any of the videos on this site; they are all copyrighted to their respective creators and owners. These clips are meant as samples only, and have been reduced in quality. Please support the creators of these films and buy them on video or DVD.

24. Can I use your videos to make a music video of my own?

Yes, you may. I don't own the videos, so I have no problems about anyone else using them.

25. Can you tell me more about this "video capture card"?

A video capture card is a piece of hardware that connects my computer to my video player. A cable links my computer to my video player, so when I play videos, I can watch them on my computer and capture pictures or video clips. The current video capture card I'm using is the Pinnacle 700-PCI. My video capture card lets me transfer my videos to DVD, which has been very useful.

A video capture card is NOT the same thing as a video card.

26. I tried downloading a video, but the page is expired. What do I do?

17 Sep 2016: All the download links should have expired by now, you don't need to notify me. I haven't decided what I'm going to do next, because most of the videos can be found online easily, having been uploaded by other people, so I don't think there's much demand for this feature anymore.

27. I emailed you, but you haven't responded! Why?

I am a very active person online, and receive massive amounts of email daily, including spam. So either my inbox bounced your email back, or my spam filter removed it. A way to avoid this would be to include a specific subject header, eg. "The Little Mermaid info", "Question about Thumbelina pics", that sort of thing. Please be specific.

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