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.
Samuel E. Wright,
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
Melody has her dad's hair color, while she has her mom's eyes, nose, and facial expressions, and even parts her hair on the side like her mom. See more »
When Ariel is transforming into a mermaid her earrings disappears. See more »
Sweetheart, hand me my trident now.
[realizing the truth]
All this time, and you never told me?
Kept the most important secret in her whole life from her own daughter.
Please, give it to me, Melody.
No, hand it to me. It's for your own good.
I've given you what you've always wanted
*She's* the one who lied to you all these years.
I was trying to protect you.
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I first saw, "The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea" while babysitting, and when I received my own copy for Christmas, I was less than thrilled. If nothing else, it's another ornament for my already-stocked video shelves. To give the movie the benefit of the doubt, I'll divide my review into sections:
PLOT. The first five minutes told me all I needed to know. Ariel and Eric have a daughter named Melody, whose physical attributes certainly follow the laws of genetics. During the baptismal-type ceremony where Melody is introduced to the people of Atlantis as well as those palace-goers on land, Ursula's "crazy sister," Morgana, resurfaces from the murky ocean depths and poses a threat to the interaction of the people of the land and sea. A gigantic wall is built to insure that Melody stays out of the sea, but, in true Disney form, she dreams of becoming a mermaid and finds ways to defy her parents. Needless to say, Morgana is able to benefit from Melody's curiosity about her origins; Melody eventually finds out the truth and gets pissed at her mother, gives up the Trident of her grandfather to the Sea Queen, and Eric (the Ultimate Clod if I ever saw one) rushes in to save the day with his boat. Afterwards, the wall is taken down and both the people of the land and sea live happily ever after. Yawn.
CHARACTERS. The old characters are back: Ariel and Eric are gifted absolutely no characterization; Triton, at least, is granted a bit of a soft spot for his granddaughter; Sebastian and Flounder retain a bit of their original charm; Scuttle is disappointingly ditzy. The new characters include Melody, who grows pretty damn irritating as soon as, "what's shaking?" is emitted from her lips; Morgana, the loveless creature spawned from a mother who constantly idolized her older sister, Ursula (it's part of Disney's wonderful "characterization" to have Morgana relate to Melody in that sense); Undertow, Morgana's shark-turned-anchovy sidekick, along with two manta rays who gloss through various scenes without any lines; and Tip and Dash, who have already been recognized as Pumbaa and Timon incarnations, minus the humour element.
ANIMATION. It wasn't as bad as "The Return of Jafar," I'll give it that, but some of the scenes were atrociously animated. The facial features, I noticed, were especially screwed up, and whoever was responsible for the anorexic Ariel and Melody scenes should be shot.
MUSIC. Definitely nothing to write home about. I rather liked the "Part of Your World" cover while the credits were rolling, and the whole "Here on the Land and Sea" theme was sort of cute, but hearing the chorus of "Ariel's coming" was rather repetitive. Oh, and Tip and Dash's little ditty that came out of nowhere was really stupid. Very disappointing, since the music is one of the main things I watch Disney's animated movies for. Of course, given that their newest flick, "The Emperor's New Groove," has one song that includes lyrics in the entire movie, Disney's really starting to lack in that department.
REDEEMING MOMENTS. These were few and far between. Sebastian's pep talk to Melody about crustacean puberty was rather cute; Morgana's referring to Flounder as "Flopper," elicited a giggle; also, the voice-overs were definitely something. Even though I loathed Eric's lack of characterization, Rob Paulsen is extremely talented, and Jodi Benson has a pretty voice for Ariel, not to mention that Sebastian's voice is in good hands.
ALL IN ALL. Little kids will enjoy the repetition, but considering it took Disney eleven years to come out with a sequel to the renowned "Little Mermaid," this was definitely of a lesser quality than many hoped; a predictable low quality, but nonetheless disappointing and full of tripe. For such consistency, Disney rarely puts out good sequels. "Toy Story 2" and "The Lion King II" were rare exceptions, but with crap like "Pocahontas II" and now "The Little Mermaid II," I shudder to think how Disney will ruin Quasimodo in the sequel to "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," not to mention the sheer horror revealed in the preview for "Lady and the Tramp II." In this case, it's definitely a matter of quality versus quantity.
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