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The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000)

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To protect her from a sea witch, Ariel's daughter is not allowed in the ocean; but when she becomes 12, she runs away to an adventure under the sea.

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Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith (co-director)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodi Benson ... Ariel (voice)
Samuel E. Wright ... Sebastian (voice)
Tara Strong ... Melody (voice) (as Tara Charendoff)
Pat Carroll ... Morgana (voice)
Buddy Hackett ... Scuttle (voice)
Kenneth Mars ... King Triton (voice)
Max Casella ... Tip (voice)
Stephen Furst ... Dash (voice)
Rob Paulsen ... Prince Eric (voice)
Clancy Brown ... Undertow (voice)
Cam Clarke ... Flounder (voice)
Rene Auberjonois ... Chef Louis (voice)
Kay E. Kuter ... Grimsby (voice)
Edie McClurg ... Carlotta (voice)
Frank Welker ... Max (voice)
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Storyline

After having found a magic locket which shows the kingdom of Atlantica, Melody decides to run away from home and find the truth behind it. Ariel eventually discovers that her daughter has run away after being told by Sebastian. Ariel must turn back into a mermaid to go into the sea once more to find her missing daughter. However, Ursula's crazy sister, Morgana, intends to take control over the entire ocean. Ariel and her friends must stop Morgana from accomplishing the mission that Ursula failed and save Melody from her evil clutches. Written by Eric ggg

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Official Sites:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Melody is one of Tara Strong's favorite characters to voice, as she was a big fan of The Little Mermaid (1989) growing up. See more »

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When Melody is rushing to get dressed for the party, her hair is loose, then just before she kicks her bag under the table it's pulled back into a ponytail, then as Ariel enters it goes loose again. See more »

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16 February 2014 | by The_Light_TritonSee all my reviews

Back in June 2005, I reviewed this movie and basically just slammed it repeatedly without really giving it a chance. Of course, when you're 14 and a troll, slamming movies that don't appeal to your age group or tastes is easy. So after a 9 year old review, it's time to give this movie a much better review.

First of all, This is a direct sequel to the 1989 classic that revitalized Disney as a serious movie making company. The original 1989 classic is loved for it's portrayal of a curious young mermaid who longs to discover what life is like on land. Now skip ahead 12 years. The sequel is a mirror image, with a young girl who dreams of life in the sea.

So the story begins a year or so after the events of the first movie. by this time, Ariel and Eric are now parents of their infant Melody. During the celebration of the newborn child, The sister of Ursula appears and threatens Melody's safety, but is driven back into the sea and into hiding. But as long as she's still at large, Ariel refuses to let young melody know about her true history, which eventually comes to bite Ariel on the tail 12 years later, as the rebellious Melody sneaks underneath a wall constructed to keep her out of the sea. She soon discovers a seashell pendant with her name on it, and longs to discover why, leading her on a fun adventure with some interesting characters.

For what it's worth, this movie isn't what one would call "mass appeal" like the movie that came before it. However, the character of Melody, whose voice belongs to the legendary voice actress Tara Strong, seems to have a cult following among girls, whereas other extra characters (Tip & Dash, Undertow, Cloak & Dagger) didn't seem to be accepted as well, even if they had some fun moments at points. Personally, I thought Tip & Dash were fun and Undertow was funny, but Cloak and Dagger were just hacks. they didn't say anything and didn't really have the same demonic effect as their predecessors, Flotsam & Jetsam did.

As for the returning characters, Ariel is a bit more mature and mother-like, but lacks the strength she had in the original movie. Luckily, Jodi Benson came back to do the voice again. Flounder is more or less the same. Triton is more or less the same guy but more trusting of his daughter. Sebastian is still the fun crab but with less musical routines. Scuttle is more one-dimensional and lacks the humor he had from the first movie. The only person I felt was an improvement was Prince Eric, because his original voice actor didn't return. I'm not saying the original prince Eric was bad, i'm saying the greatest voice actor of all time, Rob Paulsen, took over the role. And Paulsen makes any movie, TV show, or video game better with his voice.

Overall, This one's a fair sequel. It's aimed at girls in the tween range, but the supporting characters just might keep their older brothers entertained for the hour and a half.

6/10


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