23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
It's true... Disney has delivered a few sequels to their most famous movies which in someways offend the original...
Would be silly to say Ariel's Beginning matches the brilliance of the original movie but it is definitely an improvement on The Little Mermaid 2: Return To The Sea. The animation looks great and it is fantastic that almost all the original voice cast are back including Jodi Benson as Ariel.
It's a very interesting story with a little glimpse at Ariel's mother. When she is involved in a tragic accident King Triton is broken and Atlanta changes into a boring, military-like kingdom when he bans music. We learn a lot of the backstory of The Little Mermaid... why it is Ariel loves music... why Sebastian becomes the musical director of Atlanta... and how Ariel meets Flounder.
If you liked the other two mermaid films you'll definitely find something to like about this one. The extras which include a glimpse into the making of the Little Mermaid on Broadway are very interesting!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2009
Bought for my 3 and 4 year old girls. They loved it and so did I. A very good prequel to the original film which we all loved. There's a bit of mild peril as you find out what happened to Ariel's Mummy so you need to be close to do some hand holding for that but the nasty person is not as scary as Ursula so no bad dreams.....
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2008
admitidly its not what I had imagined it would be, just some cheap knock off with some badly thought out plot and poor songs.
well its not! It's brilliantly animated, the plots great and moves fast, it's moving (the openening 10 mins when we learn the fate of Ariels mother is pretty grown up for "just a disney sequell").
Give it a go, you wont regret it!
on 25 October 2008
Being a huge fan of Disney and The Little Mermaid, I guess you could say I was expecting to be disappointed, because tLM 1 is hard to top. Also, Disney sequels have all had considerably lower standards than the originals (with the exception of The Lion King 2, which is great).
What surprised me was that tLM 3 was a lot better than any of the other sequels I have seen from Disney lately! The plot is alright, but what I really liked, was theme. The film focuses a lot on the loss of a loved one, and how much it hurts even years after. I thought it was beautifully done.
There is a lot of "sequel" traits to the film, one of them being that the animation is very mediocre, it lacks detail and nuances. It might have something to do with the backgrounds too, I feel they are a lot more boring than what is strictly necessary, even if the landscape is supposed to be barren. Also, some of the characters are quite overdone, but the way King Triton is portrayed makes up for it.
The music is quite mediocre too, the songs are not particularly rememberable, though well sung and played. This is where I feel the film falls truly short, being that is focuses so much on the importance of music! I feel there could have been more focus on the quality of the actual melodies of the compositions.
This film is worth buying, it is an alright, nice film. It just didn't end up as brilliant as I feel it could have!
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2008
King Triton and his wife, Queen Athena, rule over the underwater kingdom of Atlantica, which is filled with music and laughter. They have seven young daughters, the youngest of whom is Ariel. The merfolk are shown relaxing in a lagoon above water, and Triton gives Athena a music box. Suddenly a pirate ship approaches. Everyone escapes except Athena, who is crushed by the ship when she tries to save the music box. Devastated by Athena's death, Triton throws the music box into the ocean and bans music from the kingdom.
Ten years later, Triton's daughters live under a strict routine maintained by their governess, Marina Del Rey and her assistant Benjamin. Marina hates her job and longs to be Triton's attaché, a job currently filled by Sebastian the crab. Ariel is frustrated by their current lifestyle, which brings her into conflict with Triton. One day, Ariel encounters Flounder, a fish, whom she later follows to an underground music club. She is overjoyed by the presence of music, and is shocked when she sees Sebastian performing there. When her presence is revealed, the entire band stops playing and hides, believing Ariel will tell her father about them. Ariel sings a song explaining her love of music and the remembrance of her mother and she joins the club with an oath.
Ariel returns to the palace, and her sisters confront her over her disappearance. She explains where she was, and the following night all seven sisters go to the club to have fun. Marina secretly finds them, and she later reports their activities to Triton. Sebastian, Flounder and the band are sent to jail, while Marina gets the job she wants.
Ariel sneaks into the prison and frees the jailbirds. Sebastian leads them to a deserted place far from the palace where Ariel finds the music box. Ariel and Sebastian decide to return to Atlantica to show the music box to Triton, hoping that it will change his mind.
On the way back, they are confronted by Marina and her electric eels. Marina wants to stop them so she will retain her position of "power", and a struggle ensues. It ends when Marina barrels towards Sebastian, and Ariel pushes him out of the way, getting hit in the process. Triton arrives in time to witness this, and he is remorseful for his actions. He sings the lyrics of "Athena's Song", and Ariel is revived. The film ends with music being restored to Atlantica. Everyone rejoices except Marina, who is sent to jail.