The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning – Disneycember

Can the third Little Mermaid be as good as Cinderella 3? It sure ain’t lookin’ like it.

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22 Comments on "The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning – Disneycember"

TooMuchFreeTime
Guest

What the hell is wrong with him? “I loved my wife so much that to honor her memory I’m going to outlaw the one thing she loved the most.”
The fuck?!

4:11 Ha, I like that little exchange.

FelixT
Guest

Yeah the king is really selfish. He outlawed music I guess because it reminded him of his wife. Most people would see this as a good thing.

The Mysterious M
Guest

You know, just to point it out, that’s exactly what happened in Footloose. Actually, this entire damn movie’s a Footloose ripoff!

happymel
Guest

I forgot that this movie was a thing for a minute. I saw maybe just one commercial for this when it came out.

Blue Chullo
Guest

Is that why Ariel’s the favourite? Because she looks like the mum? Awkward!

Raptor Rex
Guest

I guess if there’s anything positive I can say–

. The animation is still good
. Jim Cummings makes a good replacement for the late Kenneth Mars (even though the this before the actor passed away)
. I actually enjoyed Ariel’s sisters.

Had the movie been about Ariel and her relation with her sisters I think they could have made for something similar in charm to 101 Dalmations or Tarzan 2.

Oh and btw, Tara Strong, Jennifer Hale, Kari Wahlgren, and Grey Delisle; together you are an angels quire in a post development desolation.

Goldstar
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For the life of me, I’ll never understand Disney’s mommy killing obsession. Yeah, I know that it’s mostly done as a way to evoke sympathy for the kid protagonist, but there are other ways to do so. It’s possible to empathize with the kid character and let both of his/her parents live.

Creamcheesealchemist
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It’s sometimes a question of animation or storytelling economy. And in the case of Pocahontas, it was because her father was a polygamist of some sort, historically.

thatchickwithlonghair
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thatchickwithlonghair

I HATE THIS CLICHE WITH THE BURNING INTENSITY OF A THOUSAND SUNS!!

Devil's Advocate
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a big part of it is because Walt himself lost his mother.

Goldstar
Guest

That’s (debateably) a plausible excuse when Walt was still alive and an active force within the studio. However, Walt died in 1966. Disney’s The Little Mermaid debuted in 1991. There’s no reason why the studio should still be employing this tired trope decades after Walt’s passing except that Hollywood writers lack imagination and are afraid of anything that hasn’t been done before. It’s just lazy writing, plain and simple. Think outside the friggin’ box, already.

TragicGuineaPig
Guest

Is this the one where she disappears so she can train in a Chinese monastery so she can conquer fear and fight for justice?

Cinnamon Scudworth
Guest

One possible reason why that wasn’t Ursula: Ariel seems to be meeting her for the first time in the original movie. If they had a past — specifically, the kind of past where she did something horrible and Ariel remembered it — she never would have agreed to that deal.

Creamcheesealchemist
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Iirc, Ursula was also originally her aunt.

The Mysterious M
Guest

But that concept was dropped before the movie was made. (Oddly enough though, they put it back in the stage version)

MidnightScreeningsman2014
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MidnightScreeningsman2014

I saw one DVD preview for this on one of my disney as a kid but that’s pretty much it but that’s probably why cause it’s not that good of a movie but also probably cause it was(if not) the last of the disney direct to DVD sequels to come out so I dunno.

thatchickwithlonghair
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thatchickwithlonghair

“Millions of movies have done it and done it BETTER”

…..like the Sound of Music? XD

Raptor Rex
Guest

What, Sound of Music isn’t good?

Neo-stalgia Fan 1
Guest

Never saw this movie before, but I always got that kind of vibe from it whenever I saw tiny promotional bits of it, and yeah, you hit it dead-on, they could have done much better with this. Curious though, but does Ariel actually learn anything in this movie either, cause I remember that being an issue with both the first and second movies.

The Mysterious M
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What a waste of Sally Field.

Mask_and_mirror
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This looks like it’s full of bikini mermaids though, which might make it worth it.

ErichoTTA
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Aww, now Christmas is over. The animation does look good. It just looks like nothing interesting. I agree about Ursula. Iā€™m glad the sequels started to end here. You doing TV movies next year?

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