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The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008)

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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The 1989 animated feature adapted by Disney for TV in a prequel that leads up to the events of the film.

Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Edan Gross
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King Triton / Shelbow (voice)
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Cheeks / Ray Ray (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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Last Disney direct-to-video film to date. One of the inquiries John Lasseter made after becoming CEO of both Disney and Pixar was for the studio that once worked on direct-to-video sequels to only work on Spin-Offs like the Tinker Bell franchise, which also cancelled some sequels that had already been underway like Dumbo II, The Jungle Book 3, The Aristocats II, Aladdin 4, Hercules 2 and Mulan III, in addition more Disney Princess Enchanted Tales Films. See more »

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Tara Strong is the voice of both Adella and Andrina. Adella has a more normal voice and Andrina has the funny one. At one time in the movie, where Ariel is back from the underground club and tells her sisters about it, you can hear Adella with the funny voice saying: "Yeah me too" and then you hear Andrina with a perfectly normal voice saying "Not without me". They changed voices for a moment. See more »

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Queen Athena: Oh the waves roll low,/and the waves roll high;/and so/it goes/under a bright blue, endless sky;/Waves try to measure/the days that we treasure;/wave hello, and wave goodbye
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References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

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Jump in the Line
Written by Raymond Bell, Steven Samuel, Rafael de León, and Gabriel Oller
Performed by Samuel E. Wright, Kevin Michael Richardson, Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Alvin Chea, Oren Waters, Rick Logan, and Chris Garcia
A cappella version performed by Samuel E. Wright, Jodi Benson, Parker Goris, Kevin Michael Richardson, Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Alvin Chea, Randy Crenshaw, Oren Waters, Rick Logan, and Chris Garcia
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Very charming prequel, and rather sad...
7 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This prequel was very enjoyable and charming. I don't think it isn't as good as the classic first film or the series(a childhood favourite of mine), but I do think it is an improvement over the rather average Little Mermaid 2:Return to the Sea. Here, the animation is breathtaking, beautifully fluid and colourful, and fairly true in terms of style to the original. The music, while not as catchy as Alan Menekn's score in the original, is still surprisingly delightful. I Remember was outstanding. And the voice acting is great, Jim Cummings is a worthy replacement of Kenneth Mars as Triton, and Jodi Benson(who also voiced Thumbelina in the Don Bluth movie, Ariel isn't the only role she's done, it's just the role she's best remembered by) is just amazing as Ariel, with a fantastic singing voice that makes me want to sing with her. Remember the song in the series' episode Wish Upon a Starfish, Daring To Dance, amazing song, amazing vocals that reduced me to tears. Marina-marvellously voiced by Sally Field- is an improvement over the bland Morgana, Sebastian is hilarious, there is nice character development and Benjamin is so cute. And the beginning with Ariel's mother brought some poignancy. However, the film is too short, the plot while a wonderful idea is rather so-so in execution and takes time to get going, and Flounder's voice was more teenage than innocent-sounding, the latter suited the character more. Still it is a very charming prequel and well worth the look. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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