Ariel, one of Disney’s most popular princesses, is back inLittle Mermaid II Return to the Sea and Ariel’s Beginning both in a Blu Ray Combo Pack on November 12th, 2013. This time, it’s Ariel’s daughter Melody who is the main star in this sweet movie about being a “part of the world” above. Little does Melody know, it’s possible for both her undersea and the above sea world to live together in harmony. As all children, Melody is curious about her parents-particularly her mother’s previous life as a mermaid. Just as Ariel wanted so badly to be a part of the human world, now Melody wants to be part of the Merworld. Also, after watching The Little Mermaid so many times over and over again, my daughter really enjoyed seeing Ariel from a different perspective. Of course, Ariel’s trusted sidekick Sebastian is there to help Melody in her times of trouble.
In Ariel’s Beginning, viewers get a sneak peek at how Ariel’s life was before she found Prince Eric and her adventures of love began. Ariel’s mother, Athena, is kidnapped by pirates, and in his unrest over this, King Triton bans music from the undersea world. For Ariel and her sisters, this is devastating! But of course, Ariel teams up with her sisters and her loyal sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder to bring back music to Triton’s kingdom. If you are a true Little Mermaid fan, then you’ll want to watch Ariel’s Beginning to see how it truly all began. Our daughter really enjoyed this perspective of the Little Mermaid. It’s kind of nice to see Disney’s creativity in this. I will say, it was a little predictable in part, and the cinematography isn’t as great as the original Little Mermaid. However, the story line is wonderful, and it is a nice story change from the original Little Mermaid.
What we really liked about these stories is how they all tie together nicely. I appreciated how Sebastian and Flounder were still in both of these. I also liked the irony of Melody wanting to be part of the Merworld, just as Ariel wanted to be part of the human world in the original film. Since our children watch movies in our car while we are on road trips and running errands, the bonus features come in handy sometimes. My daughter really enjoyed the Storybook feature, ready Jodi Benson herself, on the Little Mermaid II Blu Ray. And, on the Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning DVD, the Mermaid Discovery Vanity Game is fun as well.
You’ll want to pick up Disney’s Little Mermaid II Return to the Sea and Ariel’s Beginning on a Blu Ray Combo Pack at your local retailer. No Little Mermaid fan should be without it!
I give it a B+