The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning


The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

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Animated musical prequel charts the enchanting, wonderful undersea misadventures of Ariel as a teenage mermaid (voice of Jodi Benson), adapting to a world without music after their father, King Triton, has banned it following the death of their mother. Features the voice talent of Samuel E. Wright (Sebastian), Sally Field (Marina) and Jim Cummings (King Triton). Directed by Peggy Holmes.

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Critic Reviews for The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

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Audience Reviews for The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

  • May 25, 2011
    I surprisingly liked Little Mermaid 3 and I'll tell you why. It was an original story that answered questions left unsaid in the original (i.e. Ariel's mother) and also provided a background to Atlantica that makes the first film all the more enjoyable than it formerly was. The animation is it's only flaw.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2009
    I tried to sit through the whole thing, but my attention span is only so long. I used to watch the Little Mermaid television series and I think if this movie had come out then, I would've been mildly entertained. The FIRST sequel was better than this one. I didn't even finish watching this one!
    Remi L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2009
    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 A Super Reviewer

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