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The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008)




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This prequel to Disney's widely acclaimed feature film The Little Mermaid follows Ariel's adventures from long before she gave up her fins for true love. When she wasn't singing alongside her sisters, Ariel spent her time with her mother, Queen Athena. Ariel is devastated when Athena is kidnapped by pirates, and even further so after King Triton outlaws all singing. Along with pals Flounder and Sebastian, Ariel sets off in hopes of changing her father's decision to ban music from the kingdom.more
Rating: G
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Reece, Evan Spiliotopoulos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 26, 2008
Walt Disney Home Entertainment - Official Site


Sam E. Wright
as Sebastian
Parker Goris
as Flounder
Jim Cummings
as King Triton
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Critic Reviews for The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

All Critics (6)

An extremely slight improvement over its immediate predecessor...

Full Review… | February 25, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

"A prequel to The Little Mermaid where the emotional battleground is largely identical to that movie" didn't inspire anybody's best work. Who could have guessed?

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's a beautifully told, charming story with lyrical songs and fabulous dance routines

Full Review… | December 19, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Should Disney continue with other straight-to-DVD sequels or prequels like this one, "Bambi II"....needs to be required viewing. A close relationship between characters, as with Bambi and his father, works. An insufferable Flounder does not.

Full Review… | September 23, 2008
Film Threat

for young girls and die-hard Little Mermaid fans, it works

Full Review… | August 28, 2008
7M Pictures

Perfectly watchable yet not entirely memorable.

Full Review… | August 27, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning


Judge it compared to the original and it looks awful. For a direct to video film, and compared to the sequel, it's pretty darn good. The best thing about it, is that it doesn't go for bigger action. Had it done, it would lesson the impact of the adventure in the original. This does mean that the villain isn't particularly awful, nor is the adventure THAT exciting. What it does do is present a solid prequel. It adds some layers, with the death of Ariel's mother, and gives us a plot that doesn't effect/change the original. Characters are also able to learn valuable lessons, without contradicting their future selves. The film also has a great character in a softly spoken manatee. It makes a nice change to see an engaging Disney character that isn't obnoxious and loud. Can be watched before or after the original.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

This was boring :|

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


Much more chessey than the first two, but if I were younger I think I'd love it. I enjoyed getting to know Ariel's sisters in this movie, who we were very briefly introduced to in the first movie due to cut scenes. I think a younger audience would enjoy this one.

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

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