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The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008)

G  |  Video  |   |  Animation, Drama, Family  |  26 August 2008 (USA)
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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.

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Ariel (voice)
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Sebastian (voice)
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King Triton / Shelbow (voice)
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Marina Del Ray (voice)
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Flounder (voice)
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Adella / Andrina (voice)
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Alana (voice)
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Aquata / Arista (voice) (as Grey DeLisle)
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Benjamin / Guards (voice)
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Attina (voice)
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Queen Athena (voice)
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Cheeks / Ray Ray (voice)
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Ink Spot / Swifty (voice)
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Scuttle (voice)
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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.

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Every Story Has a Beginning, But Only One Begins Under the Sea


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The Little Mermaid III  »

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Trivia

When Marina is on the surface, she makes two references to The Little Mermaid (1989). First, she does the same move that Ariel does while singing "Part of Your World Reprise". The second is that a seagull (most likely Scuttle) flies by. She says "don't touch me" as Scuttle had attacked Ursula and Morgana in the previous films. See more »

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In 1992 Disney started TV series based on "The Little Mermaid" movie. In season 1 episode 11 called The Little Mermaid: The Evil Manta Ariel remembers how she first met Flounder, and the scene is quite different than the scene shown in this movie. In the series she met him when she was still a child, wearing pony tail. Flounder is left all alone and he gets scared from Ariel, but she quickly calms him down and become his friend. See more »

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Marina Del Ray: Can you feel it, Benjamin? The sweet taste of power! Filling, yet oddly minty!
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References The Shawshank Redemption (1994) See more »

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I Will Sing
Music and Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
Performed by Jeannette Bayardelle
Arranged by Jim Dooley (as James Dooley)
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A Great Prequel
26 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was remarkably refreshing and entertaining. The overall appearance of the film was pleasant. I really enjoyed the character design and animation; the film was very true to the original designs portrayed in the first Little Mermaid, and included just enough of modern 3d animation techniques to give additional depth to the 2d creations without spoiling its 2d nature. The story had a solid plot that supported other Little Mermaid films, as well as giving the viewer a touching glimpse of Ariel's mother and a deeper understanding of King Triton's character. The songs, while not as moving or masterful as Menken and Ashman's work on the first Little Mermaid film, were decent and fit in well with the overall theme of the movie. The movie flowed easily between the musical numbers and non-musical moments.

This is definitely one of those "Movie #3"s that rises well above the awful direction (plot, character, music, etc) that most sequels seem to follow.


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