Dad of Divas' Reviews: Blu-ray Review - The Little Mermaid II & Ariel's Beginning

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Blu-ray Review - The Little Mermaid II & Ariel's Beginning

The Little Mermaid II & Ariel's Beginning
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About the Movie

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
All of your favorite characters from The Little Mermaid continue their adventures in this enchanting sequel to one of the most celebrated animated films of all time. Even though her parents tell her merpeople and Atlantica are just “old fish tales,” Ariel’s daughter, Melody, dreams of being part of that magical world. In an unforgettable story that will take your breath away, all the good creatures on the land and under the sea must join forces to show Melody that both her worlds can live in perfect harmony.

Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid, Toy Story 3) as Ariel, Samuel E. Wright (The Little Mermaid, Dinosaur) as Sebastian, Jim Cummings (Shrek, Aladdin) as King Triton, Sally Field (Forrest Gump, Lincoln) as Marina Del Ray, Parker Goris (Delta Farce / Kingdom Hearts II) as Flounder

Bonus Features

  • Splashdance: A Dancer's Adventures Under The Sea
  • Deleted Scenes with intros by Director Peggy Holmes
  • Music & More
  • Sing Along With The Movie
  • The Little Mermaid: Under the Sea and Behind the Scenes on Broadway (DVD only)
  • Mermaid Discovery Vanity Game (DVD only)

Trailer Clip

Spotlight on Jodi Benson singing as Ariel

Ariel and Flounder meet

Ariel gets questioned by her sisters

Sebastian wakes up the king's daughters

I Remember

The Little Mermaid II: Return To The Sea
One of Disney’s most beloved characters reveals the extraordinary events that led up to her transformation into a princess! Long before Ariel walked on land and into Prince Eric’s heart, she was one of seven beloved daughters of powerful King Triton. But times were troubled in the underwater kingdom – and music was banned! In this magical adventure, Ariel, her fun-loving sisters, and her loyal friends Sebastian and Flounder strive to bring music and friendship back to Atlantica. Featuring breathtaking animation – and some thrilling surprises – The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning is an enchanting tale you’ll share with your family again and again!

Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid, Toy Story 3) as Ariel, Samuel E. Wright (The Little Mermaid, Dinosaur) as Sebastian, Tara Strong (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) as Melody, Pat Carroll (The Little Mermaid, My Neighbor Totoro) as Morgana, Buddy Hackett (The Little Mermaid, Buddy Hackett Live and Uncensored) as Scuttle, Kenneth Mars (Young Frankenstein, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) as King Triton, Cam Clarke (Hotel Transylvania, The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride) as Flounder

Bonus Features

  • "The Little Mermaid II" Storybook
  • Deleted Song "Gonna Get My Wish"
  • Classic Animated Short “Merbabies”

Melody meets Tip and Dash

Morgana turns Melody into a mermaid

Merbabies Swimming

Sebastian gets tired of chasing Melody around, just like he did with Ariel

My Take on the Movie
My family are HUGE Disney movie fans. Whether they are cartoons or regular movies we are there. I have been a bit skeptical on some of the sequels in the past as some were not to the same caliber of writing or animation it seemed to me. However in saying this I have to relate that this was not the cast with these films. My girls loved both of these films. One of the things that I appreciated was having two films in one. This means less space and easier transport-ability in the long run as well. The movies had some great new songs and I appreciated that they used similar actors so that the voices would remain in tact for the characters that you know and love. There are also some great messages that parents want to share with their children in these movies that range from messages of friendship and dedication, to those of self-exploration and trusting in others as well as many others. All-in-all, this was a great Blu-ray and one that I would highly recommend to others!

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