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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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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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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Last Disney direct-to-video film to date. One of the inquiries John Lasseter made after becoming CEO of both Disney and Pixar was for the studio that once worked on direct-to-video sequels to only work on Spin-Offs like the Tinker Bell franchise, which also cancelled some sequels that had already been underway like Dumbo II, The Jungle Book 3, The Aristocats II, Aladdin 4, Hercules 2 and Mulan III, in addition more Disney Princess Enchanted Tales Films. See more »

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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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Andrina: OK, bedtime, outta my way.
[to Alana]
Andrina: Don't look now, but dinner exploded on your face.
Alana: [putting a face mask on] It's plankton extract and sea salt.
Andrina: [disgustedly] Pretty.
Alana: it rejuvenates the skin *and* it won't clog your pores.
Andrina: [plugs her nose and is disgusted] Ugh, whatever!
Alana: It's your face...
Arista: [floating into bed with a sleep mask on] Excuse me.
[sighs]
[...]
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Just One Mistake
Music and Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
Performed by Sally Field
Arranged by Martin Erskine
Additional arranging by Jim Dooley (as James Dooley)
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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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