Not great, but not bad either!,
This review is from: The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning [DVD] (DVD)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!