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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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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)
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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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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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Ink Spot and Swifty are voiced by Rob Paulsen, who previously filled in for Christopher Daniel Barnes as Prince Éric in The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000). See more »

Goofs

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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Marina Del Ray: [about Sebastian being the king's advisor]
Marina Del Ray: Oohhh that Sebastian! I despise him! I LOATHE him!
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Soundtracks

I Will Sing
Music and Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
Performed by Jeannette Bayardelle
Arranged by Jim Dooley (as James Dooley)
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Very charming prequel, and rather sad...
7 October 2009 | by 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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