Tuesday, November 12, 2013

T​he Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea & Ariel's Beginning Review...


T​he Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea & Ariel's Beginning for the first time on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack November 19th!

                The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
All of your favorite characters from The Little Mermaid continue their adventures in this enchanting sequel to one of the most celebrated animated films of all time.  Even though her parents tell her merpeople and Atlantica are just “old fish tales,” Ariel’s daughter, Melody, dreams of being part of that magical world. In an unforgettable story that will take your breath away, all the good creatures on the land and under the sea must join forces to show Melody that both her worlds can live in perfect harmony.


The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning
One of Disney’s most beloved characters reveals the extraordinary events that led up to her transformation into a princess!  Long before Ariel walked on land and into Prince Eric’s heart, she was one of seven beloved daughters of powerful King Triton. But times were troubled in the underwater kingdom – and music was banned! In this magical adventure, Ariel, her fun-loving sisters, and her loyal friends Sebastian and Flounder strive to bring music and friendship back to Atlantica. Featuring breathtaking animation – and some thrilling surprises – The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning is an enchanting tale you’ll share with your family again and again!

Cast: The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea 
Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid, Toy Story 3) as Ariel, Samuel E. Wright (The Little Mermaid, Dinosaur) as Sebastian, Tara Strong (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) as Melody, Pat Carroll (The Little Mermaid, My Neighbor Totoro) as Morgana, Buddy Hackett (The Little Mermaid, Buddy Hackett Live and Uncensored) as Scuttle, Kenneth Mars (Young Frankenstein, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) as King Triton, Cam Clarke (Hotel Transylvania, The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride) as Flounder


The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning
Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid, Toy Story 3) as Ariel, Samuel E. Wright (The Little Mermaid, Dinosaur) as Sebastian, Jim Cummings (Shrek, Aladdin) as King Triton, Sally Field (Forrest Gump, Lincoln) as Marina Del Ray, Parker Goris (Delta Farce / Kingdom Hearts II) as Flounder


Director:  The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea 
Jim Kammerud (101 Dalmatians II, A Goofy Movie)
Kevin Lima (Tarzan II, 101 Dalmatians II)


The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning
Peggy Holmes (Secret of the Wings)


Release Date:  November 19, 2013


Packaging:  3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray disc + 2 DVD discs)


Bonus Features:  THE LITTLE MERMAID II: RETURN TO THE SEA
(Blu-ray & DVD)  "The Little Mermaid II" Storybook
Deleted Song "Gonna Get My Wish" 
Classic Animated Short “Merbabies”  
              
THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL’S BEGINNING
Splashdance:  A Dancer's Adventures Under The Sea
Deleted Scenes with intros by Director Peggy Holmes
Music & More
Sing Along With The Movie
The Little Mermaid: Under the Sea and Behind the Scenes on Broadway (DVD only)
Mermaid Discovery Vanity Game (DVD only)


Ratings:   G (both films)


Feature Run Time: The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea: 75 minutes
The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning: 77 minutes


Aspect Ratio:  1.78:1


Audio:    Blu-ray - English 5.1 DTS-HDMA. English 2.0 Dolby Digital
French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD - English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital


Languages:  Blu-ray - English, Spanish and French Canadian
DVD - English, Spanish and French Canadian


Subtitles:  Blu-ray - English SDH, Spanish and French Canadian
DVD - English SDH, Spanish and French Canadian

My Review:
We were so excited to get this 2 movie collection of the Little Mermaid!!
I liked Ariel's beginning. It was fun to see Ariel bring music back to Atlantica. Everyone was so happy. When her mom died, the King banned music from his Kingdom. Ariel was able to soften his heart and the Kingdom was full of life again. I like Sebastian. He is so funny to watch when he gets stressed out! Flounder is pretty funny too. He is just a young fish that loves music so he swims around making sounds and enjoying every minute.
The special features include: Deleted scenes, Backstage Disney, which I really enjoyed. I liked getting to see behind the scenes of the Little Mermaid Broadway play. That was pretty interesting. There are plenty more extras as well.

The Little Mermaid II shows Ariel all grown up and raising a child named Melody. Ariel always told Melody that the sea is too dangerous and wouldn't let her play in it. Ursula's evil sister (Morgana) wants to have power and control over all the creatures of the sea. The only way she can do it is by stealing the Trident from King Triton. It's sad to see Melody get tricked by Morgana but in the end Melody helps her Grandfather, the King and they all live happily ever after. I loved the part in the beginning when Morgana's pet shark gets turned into a little fish. He spends the rest of the movie trying to get big again. It's pretty funny.

There are some cool special features also. There is a deleted song, a DVD story book and make sure you check out the Animated short "Merbabies".

My future Grandchildren are going to love both of these movies!


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