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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  1. 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.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

      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


    • a big part of it is because Walt himself lost his mother.

      • 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.

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

  7. Cinnamon Scudworth

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. thatchickwithlonghair

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

    … the Sound of Music? XD

  10. 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.

  11. What a waste of Sally Field.

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

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

  14. One of my little sisters actually liked this movie when she was little.

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