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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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Ariel (voice)
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King Triton / Shelbow (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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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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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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All through out the movie Arista's bangs switch sides of her face between shoots. This goof can be seen best after the subject of taking a friend past the kelp forest. See more »

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Marina Del Ray: Benjamin! Tear out those puny windows, rip down those narrow walls! This is just the beginning. I want a balcony, so I can wave down at the adoring crowds, but high enough that they can't see the disdain on my face.
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References The Shawshank Redemption (1994) See more »

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Just One Mistake
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Music and Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
Arranged by Martin Erskine
Additional arranging by Jim Dooley (as James Dooley)
Performed by Sally Field
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A sweet Disney sequel
13 November 2008 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

The Little Mermaid is one of Disney's most lovable classics, it's one of my personal favorites, so I did want to see the sequel, which was pretty average. Normally most Disney sequels are lame or a waste of time, but it seems as if Disney is finally getting something right because The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning is a very sweet movie and was a nice prequel for Ariel to see what her life was like before she met Prince Eric and we learn a little bit about her family and how she came to meet Flounder. This is definitely a must see for the kids, it has fun music, cute characters, and a charming story that anyone could fall in love with. I liked that they chose a different story rather than continuing her life with Eric, I just like the "they lived happily ever after" and that's it, so this was a nice idea to get to know Ariel's sisters and mother.

In this Disney prequel, we explore Ariel's life before she became human, met Eric, met Ursela. Her father is heart broken after her mother is killed by a ship, he forbids music since it reminds him of her and her beautiful voice. Ariel and her sisters grow up in a very boring world with no music or life at all, but Ariel is thirsty for fun, to spice up her life. She comes along with friends who are also trying to make life a little more fun. But a mermaid named Marina is trying to take over the girls and their lives so she can eventually control the kingdom.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning is a fun Disney sequel and was a pleasure to watch. The songs are a lot of fun and the story just charms it's way into your heart. This isn't my favorite Disney sequel, but it was a huge improvement over the second Little Mermaid. I would recommend this for the family or kids, it's a charming film and of course who could resist Sebastian and his fun crazy life under the sea? He, Ariel, and Flounder bring life to this story and I'm sure you'll enjoy it as well.

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