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The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Beginning

1 rating: -3.0
Kids & Family movie directed by Peggy Holmes

A prequel toThe Little Mermaid,The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginningis good family entertainment that deserves a spot in every Disney collection--even if the film isn't quite as striking as the original. It's hard to imagine the underwater world of Atlantica … see full wiki

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Director: Peggy Holmes
1 review about The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Beginning


  • Aug 29, 2008
Being a child of the 1980s, I have fond memories of The Little Mermaid. It was fun, great music, an epic movie of sorts. Looking at the reviews from others and based on what I viewed, we must have seen completely different films because "The Little Mermaid- Ariel's Beginning" was outright dull, boring and horrific. I know, I'm probably not the target audience but even my younger sister said this movie wasn't anything like the first one and even the dreadful second movie which was, like this, a direct-to-dvd release.

Basically, "Ariel's Beginning" is The Little Mermaid mixed with "Footloose". It's forbidden to sing or make music in Atlantis, the kingdom ruled by Ariel's father. But alas, Ariel and company decide to take on the crown and dare to dance and spread the love of music throughout the kingdom! Yet, here's the problem- for a movie about embracing music, the actual music in the film was absolutely horrendous. This franchise, to me, is founded upon music and good songs. Even the second film had a spread of musical numbers but this? No. The few musical numbers are simply horrible and uninspired if even listenable. They even perform one song, best known from being the song featured in the final scene of 'Beetlejuice' a whopping THREE times in the film! Talk about unoriginal.

What a butchering of a great franchise. So what, it's animated. Big whoop, there's nothing groundbreaking about it. Even my younger sister said this, when stacked against the other films, was by far the worse. I wouldn't waste my money on this boring, dull, uninspired drivel. Save it and put it towards the two-disc special release of the first film - it'd be much better spent and used.

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