DisneyToons review: The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning

DisneyToons 39th film.
DisneyToons 39th film.

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My opinion right after watching the film

My opinion right after watching the film is that while I understand what they were trying to do, there was something about the film that made it hard for me to care about it, or do anything but groan at it.

Production

This was around the time where John Lasseter cancelled all of the sequels, but this one got pushed back, so they can focus on Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time. The studios were forced to make only Tinkerbell l films, so the company can build the Disney Fairies franchise.

Story

The film starts with a prologue scene of King Triton (Jim Cummings) and Queen Athena (Lorelei Hill Butters) celebrating their life with their kingdom and 7 daughters. He gave her a gift, which is a music box of the two of them dancing to music. Things take a turn for the worst when they are all hanging out above the sea, and sailors appear, as they are trying to grab fish, and end up crashing into Athena, who was about to fetch for the gift.

The only thing that this scene verify to me is that Triton was justified in his fear and dislike of humans and their world, and Ariel is even more of an intolerable twat than I ever could have thought of. They killed your mother. They hunt your people. You are still...... Nevermidn. I am not gonna go that deep with this.
The only thing that this scene verifies to me is that Triton was justified in his fear and dislike of humans and their world, and Ariel is even more of an intolerable twat than I ever could have thought of. They killed your mother. They hunt your people. You are still…… Nevermind. I am not gonna go that deep with this. Triton throws the music box away, and we skip 10 years.

We are soon introduced to the daughters, and the governess Marina (Sally Field) was them up. I instantly hate Marina, and it is clear that she is a shell of Ursula, and even Morgana, but cornier, and more pathetic. It is soon found out that she hates Sebastian (Samuel E. Wright) for being better at her in their jobs, and sees them as competition. Triton takes them all on a walk, and Ariel (Jodi Benson) tickles her sister Adella (Tara Strong), which disturbs their pattern, and causes Triton to punish Ariel.

Sally sings about her hatred for the girls and Sebastian, also wanting more power. YAWN. You are not funny. Give it up. Ariel ends up meeting Flounder (Parker Goris) who was playing music, which has him scared. She likes it, but they are caught by Sebastian, who attempts to take him to the cells, but he soon changes his mind because he is full of crap. Triton visits the girls to say goodnight, but Ariel has an attitude. After he leaves, Attina (Kari Walhgren) attempts to talk some sense into Ariel, which is impossible, since the latter has none.

Ariel follows Flounder, and ends up in an underground club, which Sebastian is a part of. They are shocked when they see one another, but when they all flee, and she starts singing about not going back to a life without humans, they all reappear, and have a good time. Her reasoning for some of her antics make some sense in this film.
Ariel follows Flounder, and ends up in an underground club, which Sebastian is a part of. They are shocked when they see one another, but when they all flee, and she starts singing about not going back to a life without humans, they all reappear, and have a good time. Her reasoning for some of her antics make some sense in this film.

Her sisters call her out about humming, and finding a maraca under her bed. She tells them the truth, and that it was amazing, since it reminded them about when their mother was around. She takes all of her sisters to the underground club, and they end up having fun, though some are a bit scared. In order to have conflict, Marina oversees them, and reports it to Triton, who shows up at the club. He locks them all up (including Sebastian), and Marina is given the crab’s job. Ariel confronts Triton about how her mother would not approve of this, and decides to run away. Attina tells her that she does not know when to quit, which is true, but the movie is going to make sure that Ariel is always right, even when she blatantly is not.

While Triton is sombering over his late wife, and what she would want, Ariel breaks out the others from jail, and they all run away. This gives them an excuse to sing a bunch of unfunny and terrible songs. Triton gives not give a crap about anything Marina is saying, because he is thinking, and when Attina mentions that Ariel ran away he blows Marina off, and demands everyone to look for her.

To add a bunch of unnecessary conflict, since the natural conflict is not enough, Marina sends dangerous, ferocious eels on Sebastian and Ariel to kill them.
To add a bunch of unnecessary conflict, since the natural conflict is not enough, Marina sends dangerous, ferocious eels on Sebastian and Ariel to kill them.

Ariel soon finds the music box that Triton threw away, and Sebastian narrates the story behind it. She is determined to bring it back to him, but Marina conveniently shows up, to send the eels to kill them. How did she get there before Triton, when him and the guards left before she did? They all conveniently defeat the eels, and Ariel saves Sebastian from being killed by Marina. Triton joins them as soon as Ariel is injured, and sees the music box roll from her possession. She of course recovers, and he restores music. Marina is also put to jail.

Many people consider this to be the end of the DisneyToon cheapquels, but there is still the entire Tinkerbell and Planes franchise to cover. This film has a lot of potential, but the thing that ruined it for me is that it was too gimmicky. Marina is solely a gimmick, the songs are a gimmick, and even a lot of the script is gimmicky. It just ruined it for me. We learn that while Ariel may have the right intention, she runs away and complains when she does not get what she wants.
Many people consider this to be the end of the DisneyToon cheapquels, but there is still the entire Tinkerbell and Planes franchise to cover.
This film has a lot of potential, but the thing that ruined it for me is that it was too gimmicky. Marina is solely a gimmick, the songs are a gimmick, and even a lot of the script is gimmicky. It just ruined it for me. We learn that while Ariel may have the right intention, she runs away and complains when she does not get what she wants.

Characters

The new characters are crap, and while I like that they put a bit of focus on the sisters, there is still a lot to fulfill there. Otherwise, the characters are pretty decent though.

Ariel
Ariel is still unlikable to me, but the reason for her actions make a bit more sense, and she is not as intolerable as she has always been.
Triton
King Triton is suffering from grief, and it is handled well. He has a lot of issues that need to be handled.
Sebastiam
He is the same, though the antagonist mostly hates him.
Ariel Sisters
Only two of them received any focus, and even that was mild. From what little we see of them, they interact as sisters.
Marina
Marina is pathetic. She is unfunny, and you cannot take he seriously in any way. She is only a distraction in the film, and was in for the belief that there needs to be an instant villain.

Animation

The animation is pretty nice. I have to note that the characters are a bit rounder, but something tells me that it has more to do with the lining they use in the film more than anything else. The colors are bold and bright, backgrounds are pretty decent to look at, and the characters are consistently designed.

Music

I hate the music in this film. The song that Ariel sings is decent, but the rest just piss me off, since most of them involve Marina. The lyrics did not pull me in, but often turn me off, and felt very gimmicky. Regarding the score, it was pretty nice. Still a lot to be desired in this aspect.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on August 26th, 2008, it sold almost a million copies within a week. It received mixed reviews, since many felt like it a creative improvement over the films in this canon, but others criticized the villain and the songs.

Reception Today

A lot of people see this as the last true DisneyToons film, since the films after this generally have a better quality than the typical Disney sequel.

Final Score

Story: 6/10

Characters: 6/10

Animation: 7/10

Music: 5.5/10

24.5/40 = 61%

Next time

Review: April 24th, 2016.
Review: April 24th, 2016.
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9 thoughts on “DisneyToons review: The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning

  1. Like most of the Disney sequels, I didn’t watch this film until a few months ago and I thought it was alright. Yes, there are a lot of gimmicky things in it, but there is also some heart in it aswell. I liked the relationship between Ariel and her sisters and I liked watching Triton trying to get over the death of his wife. Those are the things that kept it away from being a bad film.

    On a sidenote, I’m surprised you never talked about how annoying Flounder was in this film. When I watched this film for the first time it was so painful watching him try to act hip and cool.

    1. Flounder was too irrelevant to mention in this film, but he was very annoying.

      It would have been nice if each of the 6 other sisters had a character trait or a bit of focus instead of 1-3. From what we see of their relationships, it is nice.

  2. FINALLY. It’s about time you got to Tinker Bell.
    Anyway, I thought Sebastian was very out of character. He wouldn’t disobey King Triton’s rules. I mean, he kind of did in the first film by helping Ariel to stay with Eric, but it was probably because he felt bad for telling Ariel’s secret. Sebastian doesn’t bother me as much as Flounder, though, who acts a lot more brave than he should be.

    1. Well, we do know that Sebastian was obsessed with music in the original, so I think they used it as a rationale. It is weird that he would blatantly disobey Triton though, I have to agree.

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