Disney's 'The Little Mermaid: Second Screen Live' Hitting Theaters with Companion iPad App

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Disney has announced The Little Mermaid: Second Screen Live exclusively for theaters, along with an accompanying iPad app to use while viewing the film, reports /Film. The re-release of the popular 1989 film includes special sections that sync with and encourage the use of iPads among audience members to play games, sing along, and interact with the various characters.

    Disney and Apple have had a close relationship over the years, with Steve Jobs having taken a seat on Disney's board of directors and become the company's largest individual shareholder when Disney acquired Pixar in 2006. Disney president and CEO Bob Iger joined Apple's board in late 2011 after Jobs' death.

    The Little Mermaid: Second Screen Live will be shown in select theaters starting September 20th. Its accompanying app, Second Screen Live: The Little Mermaid is a free download for the iPad and is available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Disney's 'The Little Mermaid: Second Screen Live' Hitting Theaters with Companion iPad App
  2. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    This would be cool in your house. Not so much at the movie theater.
  3. MordechaiCarver macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2011
    Denver, CO
    I guess I can see this being OK for kids to keep them occupied, but if this "second screen" is going to be a trend for grown-up movies, then count me out. I mean, do they want us to look at the screen or our iPad? What happens when something's going on in the movie and you miss it because you were looking at something on your iPad? It just takes away the whole submersive element to going to a movie theater and watching a movie. Every time you look away from a movie screen you disassociate yourself from the false reality that the movie is supposed to present.

    IMHO this is a sad road to start going down.
  4. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    omg id be so pissed. its already driving me bonkers when people check their phone with those bright screens at the movies
  5. rshanahan macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2007
    North East, MD
    Really? I'd be surprised if this does well and this concept actually takes off. I feel for the theater staff for dealing with technical support issues (my app doesn't work, I can't connect to the wireless network, etc.).
  6. gmcalpin macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2008
    I hate this idea as much as the next movie buff — and by hate, I mean "despise with every fiber of my being," but if you go to a screening specifically billed as a "Second Screen Live" screening and get pissed about it, that's kinda your fault, you know?
  7. ck2875 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    I realize that I'm not the target audience for this, but this seems like a really good way to make me hate the movie theater experience if it were to spread to other films. And if I were to pay $12 or so for a small child to go see a movie as old as The Little Mermaid, I would be really annoyed if they just kept their nose in a companion app the entire time instead of paying attention to the movie.
  8. Baumi macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2005

    "Hey, you can distract yourself from the movie you paid to watch by playing iPad games instead!"

    What a crappy idea.
  9. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    Uhm... If you want to see a movie in the theater, you want that.
    You've never been asked about this BS.

    Glassed Silver:mac
  10. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
  11. jakebot macrumors member


    Mar 2, 2007
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    People need to chill out lol... this is just like Timeplay that's been going on in Cineplex theatres for a while now. This would be great for this genre of movie and for kids to play along. It's hard enough getting them to sit still for an hour and a half, so this would break it up a bit.

    Seems like a pretty interesting idea. Would love to see how it's implemented to interact with the movie.
  12. gmcalpin macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2008
    Perhaps you cannot read, but "uhm…" these are special event screenings specifically for this "Second Screen" nonsense. Anybody who goes into one of these special screenings and complains that there are people using their iPads in these special screenings is an idiot.

    You don't want people whipping out their iPads? Don't go to these screenings.
  13. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    I'm assuming everyone above me doesn't have kids?

    This is a great idea. My little boy will love this. If they do the same with Toy Story etc it will be a hit.
  14. mightyneek macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2008
    Because their is not enough *******s on phones in theaters already?
  15. D.T. macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    Yeah, it's not going to be something that pops up in random movies, it's a specific showing, of a specific film (that I image will mostly tend toward kids movies), just like most 3D movies, you can choose a 2D showing.

    I think creating some interactivity with the movie is a great idea for kids, and obviously, there should still be (and kids should be taught) the correct etiquette for using devices in movies that aren't designed like this. Simple.
  16. CFreymarc Suspended

    Sep 4, 2009
    You will see a generation gap on the adoption of this a mile wide. The school age kids and young adults will be all over this. The older crowd conditioned to "sit down and be quite" will hate it. I bet it also does better in Asia than the west.

    Reminds me of the introduction of automatic transmissions for passenger cars. The old school hated it while the new school took the technology to put their time for something else.

    Also, I see this working out great at homes and cult movie showings. I would LOVE to see this done for The Rocky Horror Picture Show or Army of Darkness. Bruce Campbell would love this. It is also a good audience feedback tool during screenings.
  17. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I hope this doesn't catch on with more films. I'm already considering abandoning going to the cinema and just buying the blurays instead.
  18. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68020


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    You thought going to a theatre with a bunch of kids was torture before...
  19. Iconoclysm macrumors 68020


    May 13, 2010
    Washington, DC
    There are already quite a few second screen Blu-rays including The Avengers. This looks like more of an experiment to me.
  20. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    Sorry, didn't get this right away.

    Next time try without imitating people though.
    Some folks are willing to learn actually. Unheard of I know.

    Glassed Silver:mac
  21. cmwade77 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2008
    This just made sure that I will not go to see this in the theater. Why? It's bad enough if just one person turns their phone on to send a text, imagine how much ambient light is going to be generated by all of these iPads, ruining the experience for everyone else.

    Oh, and to see a movie for only $12???? I wish, ok you can get into a matinee for about that at most theaters here, but definitely not in the evening.
  22. tk421 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 7, 2005
    Los Angeles
    From a prominent animation blog:

    Here’s A New Version of “The Little Mermaid” For People Who Don’t Want to See The Film
    "Audiences are encouarged to ignore the careful plotting of the story, the nuances of the character animation, and the development of the characters’ personalities, and instead play games, answer trivia, solve puzzles, perform sing-a-longs, and compete with other audience members. In fact, they’re asked to pretty much do anything but actually watch The Little Mermaid."
  23. mrxak macrumors 68000

    Apr 16, 2004
    Drifting through space in a broken escape pod
    Why couldn't she be the other type of mermaid, with the fish part on top and the lady part on the bottom?
  24. gmcalpin macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2008
    Not to imitate you again, but next time, you should try it without the condescending "uhm" yourself. Other people managed to.

    When you act like a dick to people, you can't pretend you have any ground to stand on when they act like a dick right back at you.

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