The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning - Review

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
Ages: General Audience

This is the season for prequels. And so it is with Ariel's story.

In the opening scene - everything is music and joy in the kingdom of Atlantica but then a dark galleon crashes into the rocks accidentally killing Ariel's mother. The distraught King forbids music to be played in his kingdom.

Scene change - a few years later, Ariel and her six sisters are all grown up are attending their father. Sebastian, a lobster, the king's right hand is giving daily reports to the king, and Marina - the necessary wicked female, is doing her job as sort of nanny to the girls. A job she hates. She wants Sebastian's job.

Of course, music will out and Ariel finds her way to an underground music club. Lots of old Calypso music, "Jump in Line", "Man Smarter, Woman Smarter". Of course, she is discovered by Marina. Ariel and her sisters are benched - Sebastian sacked - round one goes to Marina. Of course - everything works out for the best - this is Disney and Ariel has to sing for another movie.

Itís a movie that will please every Little Mermaid fan, and there are many of them. Some in my own family. The Bonus items include a sing along with words, deleted scenes, a Personality Profile game where you match yourself with one of Ariel's sisters and a behind the scenes look at the musical on Broadway.

Fun Factor: An enjoyable prequel
Female Factor: Same old Ariel - pushing the limits

Reviewed by: Editor - 08/08

  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
  • © Disney
  • Platform(s): DVD
  • To Order: DVD $19.99