My opinion right after watching movie
My opinion right after watching the film is that, ….. it is very underwhelming, and there is not much creativity put into it. I watched this film more as a child than I did The Little Mermaid, but I now realize how pathetically lazy this film is.
There is no info on the production of this film.
The story starts with Ariel (Jodi Benson) singing to her newborn daughter Melody (Tara Strong), as her and Eric (Rob Paulsen) prepare to celebrate her birth on a ship…… Why in the hell would you have a party for a baby on a boat? So everyone from the sea soon come to the boat to see Melody. Everyone is singing about their excitement, and King Triton (Kenneth Mars) shows up to give his granddaughter his locket, to remind her that she is a part of the sea.
Since Ariel is not the rebellious brat she was in the last film, she tells Triton that Melody needs to be away from Morgana; thereby keeping her away from the sea.
We then skip 12 years, and it is Melody’s birthday, but she was in the sea, and is too careless to care about her responsibilities. *Eye roll* Are you fucking kidding me? Are we REALLY going to repeat this character arc again? It was annoying with Ariel, and it is annoying with Melody. During the process, Morgana is trying to make a bunch of potions, but she is struggling, since potion making was Ursula’s doing. We learn that Morgana has sister issues with Ursula. She also starts spying on Melody, like Ursula did with Ariel.
Melody is not in the mood to celebrate her birthday with the rest of the palace kids, since they think she is weird. Ariel says she relates, since she felt the same way at her age. FYI Ariel, bring disobedient is different than being a fish out of water and an outcast. She is brought to the ballroom, and as she dances with a young chap, Sebastian (who was tied to her bow) accidentally pinches the boy, which causes everyone to look at her weirdly. Everyone laughs at her for talking to a crab, and Melody runs to cry in her room.
Ariel consoles her daughter in her room, and after she takes the locket she found in the room, Ariel loses her crap, telling her that she should not go to the ocean, and is pissed that she deliberately pissed her off. Melody says that Ariel has never been in the sea, and runs to cry off *eye roll*. Why did they not tell her the truth to begin with? She would have most likely understood why she was not allowed to go into the sea.
Melody is singing about being a mermaid (I forgot to mention that Morgana needs her to take back her trident from a grumpy old man, so she can turn her into a mermaid forever), and Ariel is singing about returning to the sea, and looking for her daughter.
She sees a walrus named Dash (Stephen Furst), and a penguin named Tip (Max Casella), and asks them to help her return a trident to a friend, or else she will turn back into a human, which they of course help. I do not like these two sidekicks. These sidekicks get a song that I do not care to go over.
Melody and co. make it to King Triton’s palace, and he is extremely sad, but angered that his granddaughter is not found, not noticing that she is even there. So she has the trident, and they go to her palace to see why she is doing this, and they go to Morgana’s liar to give her the trident. Ariel shows up to the trident, demanding that she gives the trident to her, since Morgana is the liar, but Melody refuses to, and hands it to Morgana. Both Ariel and Melody are idiots. Morgana soon turns on her, and stirs shit up, telling her that she stole from her grandfather, before locking Melody and Flounder by ice in a crevice.
Eric and his boating crew see Morgana holding Ariel, and he goes up to there to get Morgana. She turns her small shark into a huge one, and she drags Eric under water. Melody is losing air, as she is starting to turn into a human. The sidekicks causes the shark to follow them, until they break the ice that Melody is in, right as she starts to drown. They of course save her, and long story short, she ends up getting to Morgana, causing her to stab her tentacle with the trident.
Melody throws the trident to Triton, who turns Morgana into ice, who drowns to her death. Ice does not drown….. Anyways, he destroys the wall between the palace and water, and everyone from the 2 worlds are singing and dancing about finally being united.
The characters in this film are…….. not impressive in the slightest. Most of them involve repeated arcs from the franchise, have no originality to them, and are extremely irksome. I honestly could not care less for any of the characters in this film.
The animation is…… decent when it comes to the colors and the backgrounds, but the character designs are awful. Many of them are inconsistent, unbalanced, and the mouth animation is not the best. There was some stiff animation, and it just looked half assed and sloppy.
Some of the songs are decent, but others are not memorable enough to mention. The score is pretty similar to the one in its predecessor, which means it is not bad, but not as memorable.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on September 19th, 2000, it received mixed to negative reviews, being panned for sucking in all aspects, and having no originality. I can only assume that it still made some money for the company.
People still hate it today, and consider it the worst The Little Mermaid film, and one of the worst DisneyToons films. It is seen as one of the biggest jokes out of the entirety of Disney, and has an even worse reputation now than it did during its release.
22/40 = 55%
13 thoughts on “Disneytoons review: The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea”
I like this one better than you. It’s a complete rehash of the original but I guess since I love the original so much I think this is ok. The Little Mermaid movies are all about finding where you belong and I guess I just relate to that journey. It’s not great but in the world of the Disney sequels I think this is one of the more watchable ones.
It definitely was not the most stressful film I had to suffer through (that goes to Belle’s Magical World), but I guess that my issues with the original Little Mermaid was only amplified in this film, since the writing is very poor in this film.
That makes sense. Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney film so I guess that’s my perspective. Some see a bratty selfish girl. I see a teen that doesn’t belong willing to take a big risk to find her place. I think that’s why her father finally changes her over because he see’s it is where she belongs. Anyway this is a very pale imitation of it but I agree it’s watchable 🙂
Warning next one is one of the worst…
I haven’t seen it.
count yourself lucky.
I hate this movie, for pretty much all the reasons you stated. And also, Tip and Dash are pretty much Timon and Pumbaa as a penguin and a walrus, making this movie even MORE unoriginal.
Oh goodness. And I already dislike Timon and Pumbaa, but they are definitely replicating them.
I saw it recently. Being a fan of the original, I didn’t think this one was terrible. It’s just mediocre and lazy, and you’re right about Tip and Dash. I find them way more annoying than Timon and Pumbaa, though.
Actually, now that I think about it, maybe I’m being too harsh. While others have pointed out that the TLM 2 rehashes the plot of the first film, and does have some other re-used elements, is that really enough to call it the worst thing ever? It’s not excessively cruel or unforgivably stupid like the later episodes of SpongeBob or pandering to the lowest common denominator like Breadwinners. So I’ll hold my breath.
Well, I have not watched much of SpongeBob to judge, or watched many of the upcoming films in the canon, but it is definitely not one of the better films. I don’t think you were too harsh on it, but there is not much to get your blood boiling over.
They are way more annoying than Timon and Pumbaa; I will give them that. There is not much to be angry about with this film other than its utter laziness.