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The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008)

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In the kingdom of Atlantica where music is forbidden, the youngest daughter of King Triton, named Ariel, discovers her love of 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

Writers:

Robert Reece (screenplay), Evan Spiliotopoulos (screenplay) | 8 more credits »
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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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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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Every Story Has a Beginning, But Only One Begins Under the Sea See more »


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In the TV series, Andrina is voiced by Cathy Cavandini. In this movie, she is voiced by Tara Strong. These actresses have co-starred in The Powerpuff Girls (1998) as the voices of Blossom and Bubbles. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

King Triton: This is how you watch over my daughter?
Sebastian: Sire, I...
King Triton: I trusted you.
Sebastian: Sire.
King Triton: Guards, lock him away.
Ariel: What? No.
King Triton: Lock them all away!
Sebastian: But, your majesty, please.
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Soundtracks

Jump in the Line
Written by Raymond Bell, Steven Samuel, Rafael de León, and Gabriel Oller
Performed by Samuel E. Wright, Kevin Michael Richardson, Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Alvin Chea, Oren Waters, Rick Logan, and Chris Garcia
A cappella version performed by Samuel E. Wright, Jodi Benson, Parker Goris, Kevin Michael Richardson, Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Alvin Chea, Randy Crenshaw, Oren Waters, Rick Logan, and Chris Garcia
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Wonderful and beautiful animation, not so interesting story
27 August 2008 | by djepic1See all my reviews

Ever since Disney's "sequels" department has been under new management, there has been a HUGE upgrade in quality. There have only been two animated releases so far, Cinderella III and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. I am not sure if any more sequels are in production.

Consistent between both films is the very high quality animation. TLM:AB keeps CGI to a minimum and much effort has been made to keep the characters close to the original character models (and in many cases, character models have heavily improved over the original). This is probably as good as it will get without the original team of animators.

What saves this film is the fantastic hand-drawn animation in the age of ugly CGI and lazy flash-drawn cartoons. I would go as far as to say that the animation here is on-par or higher than the original 1989 release (the original was plagued with off-model animation). Unfortunately, the story is only so-so. The plot is very weak but effort has been made to develop all of the sisters' personalities, which I really appreciate (they are believable sister to sister relationships). I think Disney recognised that without Alan Menken, the music for TLM would not have charm or beauty. Disney did the right thing for this film by keeping songs short and to a minimum.

This film highly deserves a chance to be seen by many, unlike the rushed and horrible Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.


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Release Date:

25 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Mermaid III See more »

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1.78 : 1
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