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The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008)

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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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Peggy Holmes

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jodi Benson ... Ariel (voice)
Samuel E. Wright ... Sebastian (voice)
Jim Cummings ... King Triton / Shelbow (voice)
Sally Field ... Marina Del Ray (voice)
Parker Goris ... Flounder (voice)
Tara Strong ... Adella / Andrina (voice)
Jennifer Hale ... Alana (voice)
Grey Griffin ... Aquata / Arista (voice) (as Grey DeLisle)
Jeff Bennett ... Benjamin / Guards (voice)
Kari Wahlgren ... Attina (voice)
Lorelei Hill Butters Lorelei Hill Butters ... Queen Athena (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Cheeks / Ray Ray (voice)
Rob Paulsen ... Ink Spot / Swifty (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... Scuttle (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Loucadoux ... Adella
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Storyline

After a terrible tragedy in King Triton's once-happy undersea kingdom of Atlantica, the dejected ruler decrees that all music be banned from his realm. Almost a decade later, Princess Ariel--the most rebellious of Triton's seven charming daughters who still cannot understand why her father is against melody--sneaks out one night, only to discover an illegal speakeasy brimming with music. Excited, Ariel wants more; however, with a headstrong father and a vigilant nanny, she has her work cut out for her. Can Ariel, the little mermaid, restore happiness and harmony to Atlantica? Written by Nick Riganas

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Disney's beloved classic... from the very beginning! See more »


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Official Sites:

Disney - DVD Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Mermaid III See more »

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Production Co:

Disneytoon Studios See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When Marina is on the surface, she makes two references to The Little Mermaid (1989). First, she does the same move that Ariel does while singing "Part of Your World Reprise". The second is that a seagull (most likely Scuttle) flies by. She says "don't touch me" as Scuttle had attacked Ursula and Morgana in the previous films. See more »

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There appear to be now people on the pirate ship. See more »

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Sebastian: Marina!
[sees her strange outfit]
Sebastian: What are you wearing?
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Follows Little Mermaid's Island (1990) See more »

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Just One Mistake
(reprise)
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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Decent Sequel
26 September 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This prequel starts off with Ariel as a child and we get to see what happened to her mother, which leads her father King Triton to ban all music in Atlantica. We then flash-forward to Ariel as a teenager when she learns the power of music and wants to bring it back.

This third film in the series is certainly a major step up from the second one but then again the second movie was so poor that it wouldn't be that hard to be better. This film here was obviously done on a low-budget and there's no question that the animation is far off from the original movie but, then again, it's at least better than the second film.

One certainly shouldn't go into this movie expecting some sort of masterpiece but at the same time I thought it was mildly entertaining and worth watching. I thought the highlight of the picture were the characters, which were a lot of fun and that includes the rebellious Ariel. I found her to be quite fun throughout and we also got nice support from King Triton, Flounder and Sebastian. The story itself wasn't all that original but it too was at least entertaining.

The music wasn't the greatest thing from Disney but the sequences were at least fun. As you can tell, there's really nothing ground-breaking with THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL'S BEGINNING but it's at least mildly entertaining and worth watching once.


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