If not quite as lavishly animated or tightly plotted as its predecessor, this direct-to-video sequel to 1989's LITTLE MERMAID which kicked off the Disney animation revival is pleasant, fast-moving and occasionally witty. Prince Eric (voiced by
Rob Paulsen) and Ariel (Jodi Benson), the mermaid princess who risked her father's wrath and gave up her tail to marry a mortal, are now the parents of baby Melody. While being shown off to proud Grandpa Triton (Kenneth Mars), little Melody is nearly fed to Undertow the shark (Clancy Brown) by
Morgana (Pat Carroll), the thinner but no less cruel sister of sea witch Ursula, Ariel's old nemesis. Hoping to protect Melody from Morgana's wrath, Ariel and Eric wall in their castle, tell her nothing of her mer-heritage (even throwing away Triton's gift of a personalized locket depicting the
wonders of Atlantica) and forbid her to set foot in the sea. But the sea calls to the child, and on her 12th birthday adolescent Melody (Tara Charendoff) finds Triton's locket on the ocean floor. Confused, rebellious and hoping to unravel the locket's secret, Melody runs away from home and into
the slimy tentacles of Ursula, who tricks the girl into stealing Triton's powerful trident. With the help of an inept pair of would-be heroes penguin Tip (Max Casella) and walrus Dash (Stephen Furst) this film's answer to THE LION KING's Timon and Pumbaa and Ariel herself,
who becomes a mermaid again to find her daughter, Melody straightens out the mess and learns some lessons about herself. There are only four new musical numbers (and a closing-credits reprise of LITTLE MERMAID's "Part of Your World"), which many adult viewers will consider a plus, and kiddie
favorites Sebastian the crab (Samuel E. Wright), Flounder (Cam Clarke) and Scuttle the albatross (Buddy Hackett) reprise their supporting roles. Songs include "Down to the Sea," "For a Moment," "Tip & Dash" and "Here on the Land and Sea," by Michael and Patty Silversher, and "Part of Your World"
by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.
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- Released: 2000
- Rating: G
- Review: If not quite as lavishly animated or tightly plotted as its predecessor, this direct-to-video sequel to 1989's LITTLE MERMAID which kicked off the Disney animation revival is pleasant, fast-moving and occasionally witty. Prince Eric (voiced b… (more)