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Since the Little Mermaid was one of my favorite Disney movies when I
was little, I was curious about its sequel.
The Little Mermaid(one) is a classic animated feature with top quality everything, a grand music score, and targets a general audience. In contrast, the Little Mermaid 2 is targeted primarily at young children, because it is spontaneous, reflects a child's self perspective, the music is bouncier and less dramatic, and the ending feels like recess.
The Little Mermaid 2 starts out when baby Melody is presented to Ariel's side of the family. Abruptly without any visual cues to aid the drama, a giant tentacle grabs the baby. I laughed, wait a minute it's not funny, the baby's being attacked! Okay, I'll stop laughing. Morgana's crime in broad daylight and her spontaneity, takes away potential drama since it happened so quickly.
Throughout the feature, Melody seems superhuman, which I defend is how most children envision themselves. This quality in Melody's character is clearly brought out toward the end when she fights Morgana without an inch of fear on her face.
Like the first movie, Melody has a lot of Ariel's problems, except the reverse. Queen Ariel turns out to be like her father by restricting her from the ocean, whereas King Triton restricted Ariel from the surface. Ariel and Melody both rebel against their parent.
The music is more emotionally moving in the first. This sequel has a bunch of songs, but not as much orchestral work went into it. It's great for little ones, because it doesn't take an orchestra to impress them.
The ending in the first movie was strong and uplifting. The sequel ends with a bouncy song and everyone playing in the water. It's definitely more targeted at kids, because instead of the ending being solemn and leaving you blown away, this ending leaves you thinking, "It's time for recess!" Ultimately, this movie is fun for kids, so we should let them have fun.
Disney has yet to meet a movie it couldn't make at least two sequels
about. And this one was no exception to the people at Disney to give a
weak story to receive a quick reward. Somehow, although I did not pay
to view it, I feel cheapened by watching it.
Ariel is grown up now and had a daughter. Yet doesn't allow the daughter to go into the sea because of some idle threat made by the sister of the deceased sea-witch. So here we go again.
The daughter is tricked (of course) and helps the sea-witch. After a not-so-glorious battle, she is defeated and the mermaids and humans live in harmony. Yawn.
There is nothing to view here. Go back to your lives. "D-"
I'll say it again: this movie was totally lame. Kids will like it, sure, but adults...doubtful. The whole thing was basically a rehash of the original, which is to be expected, since they pretty much explored the whole concept in the first movie, but still, did they have to completely rehash the entire movie? I mean, everything is re-done from the Little Mermaid. The worst part of it is Morgana "Ursula's crazy sister" who appears out of nowhere and threatens Melody, which is ridiculous since Triton is there with his magic trident. Why didn't Triton do anything about it? Because the plot required him to do nothing. I could go on, but I won't. The whole thing is a shameless attempt to rake in more money from the Little Mermaid, and was obviously thrown together without any thought, because they knew it would sell. Overall it is a terrible waste of time.
I LOVE how bad this movie is.
Ariel's all grown up. She has a daughter. So far so good.
But then Ursula's wonky sister MORGANA shoots up like a jack-in-the-box and whizzes back and forth across the screen while Sebastian declares: "OH NO! IT'S URSULA'S CRAZY SISTER MORGANA!" Cute little Flounder has been replaced with an obese, nasal lump of lubber. A walrus and a penguin follow Melody around.
It's basically the first film all over again. Only two differences: it's her wanting to go from human to mermaid.
Oh, and it's total rubbish. Don't miss it!
I feel unclean after watching that hideous example of how greed can
ruin the best things. The original movie was a classic. It had great
characters, great voice-acting, great writing, great songs , great
animation, and a great villain. This just @$$ rapes the original. The
characters? Not as interesting. The voice-acting? Way less effort from
the cast. The writing? Awful. The songs? Barely any effort. The
animation? Not as revolutionary like the first. The villain? Don't get
me started on how much they f*cked up with that. This film is flat out
insult. There are a few new characters for this movie. A walrus and
penguin that are total copies of Timon and Pumba, and Melody. Melody is
Ariel's daughter. She does have the same good looks as her mother
(about a 7), and her voice-actor does do a nice job, but she just isn't
as interesting as Ariel. Ariel is flat out hot (10 out of 10), is well
voice acted, and was very interesting. Melody isn't. Then there is the
f*ck up of a villain. Morgona is absolutely nothing compared to Ursula.
She isn't as interesting, crazy, or as well voice-acted. As for
returning characters they really aren't as interesting the second time
around. They also do an unforgivable change to Flounder. As for voice
acting nobody gives a great performance. All returning cast really
don't try their best, and new people aren't good either. Then there is
the songs. Just because this a DVD movie doesn't mean that you put no
effort into songs. The songs here are just pathetic. In the first few
seconds you are plunged into a song, and it is so horrible compared to
the original's songs that you feel like you are getting cancer while
watching. The second song is an improvement, but still unimpressive.
The next is terrible. Then there is the last song which is just as bad
as the first. The animation for the time this came out was only one
notch above a Disney TV cartoon. Then there is the terrible writing.
Everything from the unfunny jokes to the bad song lyrics are terrible.
Just no effort. Shame on you Disney. Just because you keep most of your
awful sequels from theaters doesn't mean I can forgive for raping my
childhood. It isn't as insulting as a theatrical release, but you are
still shoving the bird right in my face with this.
0 stars out of 4
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When I was 10, I watched this movie for the first time and loved it.
This is because I was 10 and was entertained by any animated movie. You
could have shown me a 90 minute cartoon solely about talking garbage
cans and I would've thought it was great.
The other day I was babysitting some girls, and they wanted to watch a Disney movie, so I pulled out an old box consisting of several Disney classics and this one. They picked Little Mermaid 2, so I thought that this would be a good excuse to relive some childhood memories. At the end of the movie, I realized that the sequel that I used to think was awesome was actually a nauseatingly bad piece of...ship. The old characters have no personality, and Ariel and Eric have been reduced to cardboard cutouts. Melody, their daughter, is supposed to be the lovable misfit, but she is far too sickening and and perfect to be lovable. The plot is extremely similar to the original, except that Melody wants to be a mermaid whereas Ariel wanted to be a human. The songs lack any of the first movie's charm, and it feels like the creators just stuck them in there for the sake of putting songs in. The animation is flat and boring, lacking the subtleties in the first movie (noticing a pattern here?). Flounder is not nearly as adorable, Scuttle has become so dumb that it hurts to hear him speak, and Morgana, the new villain, is like a much less intimidating version of Ursula. Morgana's sidekicks are not especially menacing either- her pet shark is more oafish than frightening. Two new characters, a penguin and walrus duo, are forced comedy relief. Their shtick is that they are cowards who aspire to be heroes, and at the end of the film they finally get to become heroes. Very original. The day after I watched this, I watched the original to remind myself that The Little Mermaid is, in fact, a great Disney movie with great characters, memorable music, and beautiful animation, unlike the travesty I've just lambasted.
Naturally, the girls I babysat for loved it.
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Love 'em or hate 'em, most of the Disney direct to video films which
are often sequels are worse than the originals. Beginning in Aladdin's
sequel, The Return of Jafar, lots of them are poor quality and are made
to cash in. Ironic as Walt Disney didn't like sequels with this quote
he once said, 'I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to
other things.' Then would he be disappointed with this string of
supposedly sequels? Of course.
One of the worst sequels Disney has ever made is The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. This is a low quality sequel to the beloved and high quality 1989 film, The Little Mermaid. Not only was the original a commercial success in the box office and met with critical acclaim from critics and audiences but also saved the animation industry which had been in a decline for some while sometime after W.Disney's death in 1966.
The film's narrative is almost the opposite of the original. Instead of Ariel wanting to come to the human world as a mermaid, in here, Melody wants to come the the mer-world as a human. Ariel is a dull hollow shell of herself here. Yes, she is no longer the main character but there was no need to suck out her personality and put it to an irregular fashion to her daughter.
Eric sounds different and has little dialogue in the film. Melody is not that likable. Sebastian is not quite the same he was in the original, in fact, he doesn't appear as regularly now. Why is Flounder, now a father, even fatter now? Being overweight does NOT make you look older. Scuttle rarely appears as well.
The new characters included are not very good. Morgana is rubbish at magic unlike her dead, skilled at magic sister Ursula, in fact, she even 'takes' a potion of Ursula's magic. She copies her; She does wriggles her tentacles while everything except her eyes fade to black, the same her obese sibling did in the original film. Besides, she is not a very practical villain. You don't immediately go and threaten to have a beloved person dead for something important. That's like if you held someone at gunpoint for the bank's money in real life. Morgana then realizes she needs to manipulate an idea for the trident like Ursula did.
It's like she wants to be like her sister. Despite envying her as she was their mother's favourite. Morgana is determined to be only be her mother's favourite by having her hands on the trident. The final battle from her evil doings i.e. making an ice fortress with anyone bowing down before her wasn't very comfortable but hardly that scary. Ursula's final battle was possibly the darkest Disney ever produced. The enormous, powerful Ursula controlling the ocean like a sinister god with the menacingly dark colours at night scared the living daylights of quite some people and they also feared the obese cecaelia alone. Her much thinner sister is only a faint trace of her wickedness.
A penguin and walrus named Tip and Dash seemed Artic equivalents to Timon and Pumbaa in both appearance and personality. Undertow is not needed especially as a grumbling piranha. Morgana's minions which are manta rays Cloak and Dagger are silent but not intimidating. Ursula's minions which are eels Flotsam and Jetsam who are also dead, were possibly intimidating by their irregular voices and hideous look like their master. The French Chef, Louis was his name? Still wants to cook Sebastian. Man, really. As he said, he's old(er) and too small for a meal.
Grimsby and Carlotta never(if not rarely) speak as well as barely them appearing in the whole film. Triton looks younger and why did he did nothing when Morgana kissed Melody?
The animation is poor quality. It's bright,garish and quite a rough frame rate. I don't like it when there's that smooth visual thing by rough frames that is also probably present in The Return of Jafar. The original was much better, possibly one thing that built its success. Compared to the labour of hand drawn and painted cels, this is merely digitally coloured ink and coloured done with little effort. Although the film's animation is not as bad as the 1992 TV series with the same name which is indeed poor at times.
The songs are childish and possibly forgettable. I can't sit more than 6 seconds on one continuously. The original film had a good variety of songs as well as better ones. From a Calypso music themed 'Under the Sea' which won an Oscar to a spirited music like one 'Part of Your World' particularly the last reprise of the latter.
Fortunately, most of the original cast reprised here. This was also Buddy Hackett's final voice-over for a film, who plays the often absent Scuttle here and in the original, d.2003. Eric's original voice-over hasn't reprised and he sounds embarrassingly different. The others are fine though Ariel sounds deeper as she is now grown up and all. Morgana sounds like Ursula as it was the same voice-over as both the cecaelia sisters, Pat Carroll.
Another sad thing is this was released on my birthday. I got good news and bad news about the Disney's direct to video films. The good news is Disney will finally end production to them. The bad news is some more will be made i.e. Tinkerbell prequels. Why is it CGI whereas Peter Pan is traditional yet set after them?
Well, that's about what I could say. This is not a good film. It is indeed better off never made and is needless like most of Disney's DtV films Watch if you're a die hard TLM fan and rent it instead of buying it unless you want it to fill your collection.
I had such high hopes for this film because I loved the original so
much. It seems that Disney, however, is trying to perfect the art of
crappy straight-to-DVD sequels. They deserve a razzie. Several, in
fact. I thought the idea had merit, but the music was absolutely awful
and the story wasn't much better. What happened to the great music
Disney used to have in their films. Mary Poppins, Aladdin, Beauty and
the Beast, The Lion King...even Hercules and The Hunchback of Notre
Dame. They've made so many great movies over the years that it's really
sad that they've sunk to point of making sequels that aren't even good
enough to put in theatres.
I hope this movie is not an indication of things to come for the Walt Disney Corporation.
Though I've yet to review the movie in about two years, I remember
exactly what made my opinion go as low as it did. Having loved the
original Little Mermaid, and having been obsessed with mermaids as a
child could be, I decided I'd take the time to sit down and watch the
Disney, I've got a little message for you. If you don't have the original director and actors handy...you're just looking to get your butt whooped.
In the sequel, our story begins with a slightly older Ariel and her daughter, Melody. My first big issue was that Eric and the rest of the crew sang. Yes, I understand that Disney is big on sing-and-dance numbers, but really, that's what made Eric my favorite prince. He was calm, collected, and a genuine gentleman that knew how to have fun. And he DID. NOT. SING.
And then there's the villain. Oh, how could we forget the shivers that coursed down our spines whenever Ursula slunk onto the screen, terrifying both Ariel and audiences around the world? Unfortunately, that gene was not passed on to her seemingly useless sister, Morgana. Nothing was ever, EVER said about Morgana in the first movie; she just pops out of nowhere, trying to steal the baby. Oh, how cute. The younger sister is ticked off and instead of going after the trident, decides to kidnap a month-old baby. Gag me.
Other than being a flat character with no sense of originality in her, Morgana was just very unorthodox. The same plan as her sister, the same minions (who, by the way, did not scare anyone. I had a three year old on my lap when I watched this movie, and she laughed hysterically.) She had no purpose being in there; I'd like to have seen Mom be the villain. I'm sure she would have done a better job than Little Miss Tish over there.
King Triton held none of the respect he'd earned from me in the first movie, and don't even get me started on Scuttle, Sebastian and Flounder. Triton was a stern but loving father in the first movie, and in the second, it's almost like he's lost his will to knock fear into the hearts of his subjects. Scuttle, once a comic relief that made everyone laugh with his 'dingle-hopper' (yes, I'll admit it; I did call my fork a dingle-hopper from time to time after that). In this film, Scuttle's all but forgotten. A supporting character even in the first, he at least added something to the movie. He was rich with a flavor the others didn't have, and in the sequel, they all but stripped it from him entirely. Sebastian was still the same, but twice as worrisome as before. Disney, don't do that. Don't even try to mess with our favorite crab. Or our favorite little fat fish, who becomes a dad and has a multitude of very annoying children. He's fat, and he's bland, and he looks like he's going to flat line any second.
The walrus and penguin were unneeded, and after a while, you just start to resent everyone. Especially Melody, who has no depth to her whatsoever.
And one of these days, Disney, I'm kicking out of my life.
If I didn't love your originals so much.
I loved The Little Mermaid, it's one of my all time favorite Disney
movies, I grew up with it and I still watch it every once in a while. I
just showed it to my 5 year old cousin for the first time since it was
recently released on DVD, so she wanted to see the second one when we
were at the video store and we just watched it and we over all had a
good time. While I wasn't that impressed, it was better than most
Disney sequels that are normally lame and predictable.
Ariel and Eric have had a daughter, Melody. Mel is now becoming a teenager and cannot understand why she has such a great love for the sea, but Ariel forbids Mel from going to the sea not knowing when the right time would be to tell Mel about all her family history. But Mel has had it and wants to be a mermaid when Morgana, the evil sister of Ursela, grants Mel's wish, she can stay a mermaid if she steals her grandfather's trident so Morgana can become leader of the sea.
Over all, I would recommend this for a family afternoon, it was a charming cartoon to watch. The Little Mermaid will always be the best, but The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea was a nice follow up that you very rarely see in today's Disney sequels. Again, what freaks me out though is typically they change the voices again and again for the characters, but I think I had a better time excepting it for this film.
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