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The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea [Special Edition] (2000)

Jodi Benson , Pat Carroll , Jim Kammerud , Brian Smith  |  G |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Max Casella, Stephen Furst, Buddy Hackett
  • Directors: Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G2S3X2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ariel and her husband, Prince Eric, have a little problem with their daughter, Melody, in the sequel to Disney's landmark The Little Mermaid. Melody is threatened by Morgana, the evil sister of the sea witch Ursula (both voiced by Pat Carroll). Before you can say "Briar Rose," Melody's parents decide to keep their daughter's roots a secret, forbidding her to learn about the ocean while Morgana is around. Now the budding teenager secretly frolics in the sea with Ariel's old friends, Sebastian and Scuttle. When she learns the truth from Morgana, Melody becomes an unknowing pawn in her scheme--and Mom has to take to the sea again to help.

As with Disney's other made-for-video sequels, The Little Mermaid II looks and sounds wonderful (and reunites much of the same vocal talent). Four- to nine-year-olds who grew up with the original will certainly enjoy seeing the friends again. A new set of artists has come up with four catchy tunes and some fun new characters, including Tip and Dash, a pensive penguin and his blubbery walrus friend. Yet, where Beauty and the Beast had a deliberate Christmas-themed sequel, and Pocahontas told the tale of her historical trip to England, the plot here is very forced. It is pretty much a rehash of the first film with different characters. Tip and Dash are a reincarnation of Timon and Pumbaa, and Morgana is exactly like her sister, except thinner. Besides the stellar music, this unneeded sequel also misses another important aspect of the original--heart. --Doug Thomas

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UPC: 786936768916
DESCRIPTION: Disney s amazing undersea classic lives on in an all-new story bursting with the same captivating music style, unforgettably colorful characters and brilliant animation that made the original film an Academy Award®-winning favorite.
After rejoicing over the birth of their daughter Melody, Ariel and Eric must face a new threat from Ursula s revengeful sibling Morgana, a threat that forces them to hide Melody s true mermaid heritage. Melody, a young princess curious about her roots, ultimately ventures into the sea against her parents wishes. There she meets new friends and in her dream to become a mermaid becomes a pawn in Morgana s plot to gain control of the Seven Seas. Ariel must reunite with her childhood friends Sebastian, Flounder and Scuttle to rescue her daughter and restore harmony to her family.
An all-star cast returns, including Jodi Benson (Ariel) and Samuel E. Wright (Sebastian) for a remarkable adventure teeming with surprises, a new deleted song and all-new game.

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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rent before you buy. October 17, 2000
Before I saw this movie, I knew it wasn't going to measure up to the original movie so I didn't have high expectations. This is probably why I ended up liking the movie to a certain degree instead of being completely disappointed.
It's basically the same plot as the first movie - Ursula's sister wants to rule the sea and uses Melody's desire to become a mermaid to her advantage. While the movie is predictable, there were certain parts that gave me a warm glow. It was nice to see Ariel change from her proper-and-prim attire and return to the sea as a mermaid. There's a nice duet between Ariel and Melody about "sharing one moment" in time. It almost captures Ariel's original wistfulness and longing. Prince Eric, as usual, isn't capable of saving the day or even himself. Sebastin's schtick seems to be old to the point where his whining can be grating. However, on the plus side, there are two new song-and-dance characters which serve as a comic relief to detract from the predictable plot.
I recommend renting this movie first before making a purchase. I got the DVD as a belated wedding present and I'm glad I have it, but I can't honestly say I'd have personally bought it myself - not without a huge markdown in the price. Keep in mind that while it's not the greatest movie ever, it's not exactly bottom-of-the-barrel either.
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75 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Littlest Mermaid July 25, 2000
By Xeneri
The Little Mermaid revisited more than 10 years later....Ariel has a daughter, Melody, who has no knowledge of her mom's mermaid ancestry. Melody yearns for the sea in the same way that her mom longed for land. This eventually leads to a new flip side version of the original "Little Mermaid" when Morgana (the just as evil but thinner sister of Ursula - both voiced by the deliciously whiskey voiced Pat Carroll) hatches a sheme to enchant Melody into a mermaid as revenge against Ariel....
Surprisingly, this made for video sequel is not too bad. It helps that many pf the original actors came back to reprise their roles. A good sequel, especially for the younger set.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Maybe Disney should take some of Michael Eisner's salary and hire some writers. Little Mermaid II is nearly the same story as the original only its the human who dreams of being a mermaid (and with very very poor animation and characterization). Maybe this is a pattern. Did you see the preview of Lady and the Tramp II at the end of the movie? Scamp aka Tramp Jr. lives in a nice house and falls for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Hmmm. I can hardly wait for Mulan's daughter to meet her true love while he's dressed as a woman.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Return to the Sea...WHY BOTHER?! April 28, 2004
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Okay, as a long time Disney fan, I really -hate- direct-to-video Disney sequels. Walt HIMSELF didn't believe in them. He believed in "AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER" being the end of it. But this one...REALLY ticked the taco. There were so many ripoffs of other Disney films in this, it wasn't funny. Quick summary, if you don't already know...: Melody, the daughter of Ariel and Prince Eric, is born. Ursula's sister, Morganna (who basically looks like Ursula, if she were to dye herself green and go on the Ally Macbeal starvation diet) shows up and, after trying to do the newborn tyke in, and failing, prophesizes (sp?) doom for the characters. After that ordeal, Ariel goes into a lapse of being like her father, and refuses to tell Melody about her mermaid heritage, and later on, forbids her to go near the sea. Well surprise surprise. Melody finds out, being the stubborn brat she is, and runs away, then makes a deal with Morgana to become a mermaid, in exchange for something. (Gee does THAT sound familiar?) She becomes one, but in her half of the bargain, has to retrieve her granddaddy's Trident and bring it back to the sea witch. While doing THIS, she runs into a couple of outcast animals, a penguin and a walrus named Timon and Pumb--huh?! that's not Timon and Pumbaa! or is it? Could of fooled me. Anyway, i'd like to reveal more, but pretty much anything that could be guessed to happen does. OK so...long story short. This movie "borrows" too much from other (better) Disney films...and does it horribly. Come on...Tip and Dash? Why not just make Dash obscenely flatulent and make it an even more obvious ripoff! Ugh. Not to mention, the total character butchery of Ariel's persona.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kids will love it, but the original was FAR better November 7, 2000
Even though this sequel to the 1989 Disney classic "The Little Mermaid" has many of the same voices as the original (such as Jodi Benson as Ariel and Samuel Wright as Sebastian), it's missing a little something.
Namely, it's missing great animation, a plot that makes sense to adults, and, of course, the classic Menken/Ashman score and songs that made the original such a smash.
The biggest weakness, frankly, is the songs, which display all the creativity and spirit as your average Barbie commercial; come to think of it, maybe that was the goal. The animation also lacks spirit and could easily be from any Saturday morning cartoon; sorry, Disney, that's not why we pay good money to see your product.
It's kind of unfortunate that Disney insists on cheapening its brilliant animated originals (especially this one and "Beauty and the Beast") with lame straight-to-video sequels.
I'm sure the economics of a straight-to-video sequel are compelling, but take the case of the only sequel they didn't handle this way - "Toy Story 2."
Originally, the sequel to "Toy Story" was to be a straight-to-video job as well, but it was decided that it should be produced for theatrical release instead. The result? The film was a massive commercial and critical success, and was better than the original (no small compliment) in many ways.
Maybe the "Toy Story 2" experience will convince Disney to stop the straight-to-video dreck specials like "Little Mermaid 2," but I doubt it.
I guess the good news is that this film is harmless fluff for the kiddies to watch, but I found it telling that after she watched this film, my four-year-old daughter said the original "Mermaid" was far better.
Well said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the vault
I kept looking for this movie to come out if the vault so I could buy it, but could never find it. I looked here, and was able to buy it, and it wasn't a lot of money. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Christa
4.0 out of 5 stars CUTE.
Very cute. Still like the original movie the best. my 2 year old loves the little mermaid and this was a great pick. Not expensive either. great buy
Published 9 days ago by jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase
This was another purchase I made for my two granddaughters, and they were completely satisfied. Great purchase for me as it too was the second of a part I purchase.
Published 17 days ago by Loretta Simmons
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with seller
Let me start by saying, The 1 star rating is for the seller/shipper I got this from. The movie itself is a fine addition to my daughters little mermaid collection, well it would... Read more
Published 19 days ago by ageorge
1.0 out of 5 stars Badly plotted, derivative, poorly drawn
My 3 year old likes it, but that's about it. Five stars if you are three. Everything is five stars when you are three.
Published 20 days ago by David J. Parsons
2.0 out of 5 stars didn't finish
My 4 year old granddaughter watched this and in the middle of it said grandma it is too scary, I don't want to watch it.
Published 28 days ago by Terry
1.0 out of 5 stars Delivery
I will not buy anything that takes more than two weeks to deliver again. It said two or three days, yeah just to get in the system. It was a Valentines gift for my daughter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie!
If ur kids like little mermaid like mine do, they will looooove this movie :) they love that it shows Ariel's baby lol I really like the movie too!
Published 1 month ago by heidi
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Movie
Very cute and fun movie for little girls (boys like it too!). Does not live up to the first Mermaid movie but is still fun to watch. Read more
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