You know, considering the mediocre starting point in addition to the mainly negative streak of direct-to-video Disney sequels, they could have at least ended off on a high note with The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, but sadly, they did not. I would say that it's slightly better than The Little Mermaid II: Return To The Sea, but in all honesty, that doesn't really mean much of anything since it's still not up to snuff with the original Little Mermaid. Not that I was expecting it to live up to The Little Mermaid since it is a straight-to-DVD Disney sequel, but it could have been a good movie, and it wasn't. A prequel to The Little Mermaid is not a bad idea conceptually, and it could have had potential to be good, but in execution, it ended up as nothing more than a wasted opportunity. It's not terrible, but it is quite a mediocre adventure under the sea.