Samuel E. Wright
Oh, not that beginning.
Hey, I’m not a scrooge about music in animated movies. THE LITTLE MERMAID had some good, memorable songs. Unfortunately we’re not so lucky this time around. Everything is painfully generic and instantly forgettable, except for a reprise of Harry Belafonte’s “Jump in the Line.” The original Ariel and Sebastian return to do voicework and sing, and even Oscar-winner Sally Field joins in the fun, but the magic is just not there.
The only thing really positive about the whole affair is that the animation is actually pretty well done, much better quality than most other STD movies. Oh, that and the fact that Ariel is still disturbingly hot and is joined by her six equally smokin’ sisters.
Under the Sea and Behind the Scenes on Broadway (10:26): Take a backstage tour of the brand new Broadway show based on THE LITTLE MERMAID—the show that was so poorly received it’s since been shut down. Hosted by actors that have since lost their job.
Deleted Scenes (5:41): Two quick scenes comprised of storyboards and dialogue, neither of which added much to the already lacking story.
Music & More: Choose one of the film’s songs to watch. Otherwise known as Scene Selection.
Mermaid Discovery Vanity Game: Learn more about each of Ariel’s sisters by clicking around their personal vanities. That’s not stalker-ish at all!
Extra Tidbit: This prequel contradicts plot points from the Little Mermaid TV show, which also took place before the first film. All seven hardcore LITTLE MERMAID purists are said to be inconsolable.