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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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Aquata / Arista (voice) (as Grey DeLisle)
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Benjamin / Guards (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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Trivia

Of all her daughters, Queen Athena is most closely resembled by Ariel. This is most obvious in "The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000)", roughly 23 years following the film's events, when Ariel has matured and become a mother herself. It is possible that the animators of Athena based her appearance on the mature version of Ariel. See more »

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For the majority of the film, King Triton had outlawed singing in Atlantica. But Marina Del Ray is heard singing a few times in the movie, especially in front of a delivery fish (who could've likely reported her). See more »

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Delivery Fish: So how long has she been in charge?
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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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Wonderful and beautiful animation, not so interesting story
27 August 2008 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Ever since Disney's "sequels" department has been under new management, there has been a HUGE upgrade in quality. There have only been two animated releases so far, Cinderella III and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. I am not sure if any more sequels are in production.

Consistent between both films is the very high quality animation. TLM:AB keeps CGI to a minimum and much effort has been made to keep the characters close to the original character models (and in many cases, character models have heavily improved over the original). This is probably as good as it will get without the original team of animators.

What saves this film is the fantastic hand-drawn animation in the age of ugly CGI and lazy flash-drawn cartoons. I would go as far as to say that the animation here is on-par or higher than the original 1989 release (the original was plagued with off-model animation). Unfortunately, the story is only so-so. The plot is very weak but effort has been made to develop all of the sisters' personalities, which I really appreciate (they are believable sister to sister relationships). I think Disney recognised that without Alan Menken, the music for TLM would not have charm or beauty. Disney did the right thing for this film by keeping songs short and to a minimum.

This film highly deserves a chance to be seen by many, unlike the rushed and horrible Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.


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