The kingdom of Atlantica where music is forbidden, the youngest daughter of King Triton, named Ariel, discovers her love to an underground music club and sets off to a daring adventure to bring restoration of music back to Atlantica.
Samuel E. Wright,
Lady Tremaine gets her hands on the Fairy Godmother's wand, then turns back time to the day Cinderella tried on the glass slipper. She enlarges the slipper to fit one of the stepsisters, ... See full summary »
Christopher Daniel Barnes,
After having found a magic locket which shows the kingdom of Atlantica, Melody decides to run away from home and find the truth behind it. Ariel eventually discovers that her daughter has run away after being told by Sebastian. Ariel must turn back into a mermaid to go into the sea once more to find her missing daughter. However, the crazy sister of Ursula, named Morgana intends to take control over the entire ocean. Ariel and her friends must stop Morgana from accomplishing the mission that Ursula failed and save Melody from her evil clutches. Written by
This sequel contains a number of visual references to The Little Mermaid (1989), which has been dubbed by the Disney Channel as "Double Takes". Among these references are: A similar opening shot featuring a flying seagull. The shot of Melody shooting to the surface after searching for shells is exactly the same as the shot of Ariel's resurfacing after she was transformed into a human by Ursula. Melody sinking down to the bottom of the cave where the locket lies is similar to shots of Ariel while singing "Part of Your World". Sebastian unintentionally reminds Melody about her party the same way Scuttle unintentionally reminded Ariel about her concert. While Louis chases Sebastian, Sebastian hides under a piece of lettuce, just as he did in The Little Mermaid (1989). Melody does a back flip through the water while singing "For a Moment", which is the exact same movement Ariel did while singing "Part of Your World". When Morgana tells Melody to "enjoy those fins... while you can", the screen fades to black, while her eyes stay their original white, and her tentacles tap each other. This was also done in The Little Mermaid (1989) when Ursula says "she may be the key to Triton's undoing". Melody pushes Dash out of a hole almost too small for him to go through, which is what Ariel does to Flounder during the shipwreck scene in the first movie. Scuttle torments Morgana to help Ariel escape the same way he did Vanessa to help Ariel reach the wedding boat in time. When the sun sets, Melody turns back to a human. In The Little Mermaid (1989), Ariel turned back into a mermaid when the sun set. When Ariel discovers Melody's visit to the sea, she says "You deliberately disobeyed me," the same line King Triton delivers to Ariel when he discovers her visits to the surface. See more »
All of the stuff in Ariels treasure cave seem to be intact despite them being destroyed in the last film. See more »
[to the mocking penguins]
Go ahead, laugh your stinkin' tuxedos off! We'll show you, someday.
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Back in June 2005, I reviewed this movie and basically just slammed it repeatedly without really giving it a chance. Of course, when you're 14 and a troll, slamming movies that don't appeal to your age group or tastes is easy. So after a 9 year old review, it's time to give this movie a much better review.
First of all, This is a direct sequel to the 1989 classic that revitalized Disney as a serious movie making company. The original 1989 classic is loved for it's portrayal of a curious young mermaid who longs to discover what life is like on land. Now skip ahead 12 years. The sequel is a mirror image, with a young girl who dreams of life in the sea.
So the story begins a year or so after the events of the first movie. by this time, Ariel and Eric are now parents of their infant Melody. During the celebration of the newborn child, The sister of Ursula appears and threatens Melody's safety, but is driven back into the sea and into hiding. But as long as she's still at large, Ariel refuses to let young melody know about her true history, which eventually comes to bite Ariel on the tail 12 years later, as the rebellious Melody sneaks underneath a wall constructed to keep her out of the sea. She soon discovers a seashell pendant with her name on it, and longs to discover why, leading her on a fun adventure with some interesting characters.
For what it's worth, this movie isn't what one would call "mass appeal" like the movie that came before it. However, the character of Melody, whose voice belongs to the legendary voice actress Tara Strong, seems to have a cult following among girls, whereas other extra characters (Tip & Dash, Undertow, Cloak & Dagger) didn't seem to be accepted as well, even if they had some fun moments at points. Personally, I thought Tip & Dash were fun and Undertow was funny, but Cloak and Dagger were just hacks. they didn't say anything and didn't really have the same demonic effect as their predecessors, Flotsam & Jetsam did.
As for the returning characters, Ariel is a bit more mature and mother-like, but lacks the strength she had in the original movie. Luckily, Jodi Benson came back to do the voice again. Flounder is more or less the same. Triton is more or less the same guy but more trusting of his daughter. Sebastian is still the fun crab but with less musical routines. Scuttle is more one-dimensional and lacks the humor he had from the first movie. The only person I felt was an improvement was Prince Eric, because his original voice actor didn't return. I'm not saying the original prince Eric was bad, i'm saying the greatest voice actor of all time, Rob Paulsen, took over the role. And Paulsen makes any movie, TV show, or video game better with his voice.
Overall, This one's a fair sequel. It's aimed at girls in the tween range, but the supporting characters just might keep their older brothers entertained for the hour and a half.
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