The Little Mermaid, Ariel's Beginning DVD Review
Does this prequel sing or just flounder?
No prince's heart to win? No sea witch to battle? Just what kind of (mermaid's) tail is this? A fine one at that. In The Little Mermaid, Ariel's Beginning Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder and the gang are back with a new adventure, and maybe this adventure's status as a prequel has saved it from the lackluster status of many of Disney's recent cartoon sequels.
The story begins with the background on whatever happened to Ariel's mom (I wondered about this when watching the original Little Mermaid). An unfortunate fate is bestowed on Ariel's mom, leaving King Triton with nothing to blame except music, which he rashly banishes from the kingdom of Atlantica (can anyone say Footloose?).
Several years removed from this terrible day, Ariel is simply bored with life in the stoic kingdom, and misses her mom's joie de vie, and particularly her love of music. Ariel soon meets and befriends Flounder, and while following him into a forbidden area of the ocean, discovers a sea creature music speakeasy showcasing none other than King Triton's right hand crab Sebastian. This gives Ariel's dastardly governess Marina Del Rey (who is no Maria von Trapp) the break she has been looking for to supplant Sebastian as the King's chief charge. Sebastian leads Ariel, flounder, and a group of other musical outlaws on a journey which helps Ariel discover a way to break the musical chains that bind her father's heart.
If you are looking for a great Disney movie that has the robustness of a new franchise but with characters you already love, Ariel's Beginning does not disappoint. Disney put forward their A-team for the writing, music and animation. This is definitely a must have addition to any family's treasured Disney DVD collection.
Transmitted: 4/24/2014 2:29:14 AM