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The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008)

The kingdom of Atlantica where music is forbidden, the youngest daughter of King Triton, named Ariel, discovers her love to an underground music club and sets off to a daring adventure to bring restoration of music back to Atlantica.

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Ariel (voice)
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Sebastian (voice)
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King Triton / Shelbow (voice)
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Marina Del Ray (voice)
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Flounder (voice)
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Adella / Andrina (voice)
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Alana (voice)
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Aquata / Arista (voice)
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Benjamin / Guards (voice)
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Attina (voice)
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Queen Athena (voice)
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Cheeks / Ray Ray (voice)
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Ink Spot / Swifty (voice)
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Scuttle (voice)
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The kingdom of Atlantica where music is forbidden, the youngest daughter of King Triton, named Ariel, discovers her love to an underground music club and sets off to a daring adventure to bring restoration of music back to Atlantica.

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Every Story Has a Beginning, But Only One Begins Under the Sea


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The Little Mermaid III  »

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Trivia

Emily Deschanel's 8th Disney animated film since Pocahontas II: Journey to A New World (1998), The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Lilo & Stitch (2002), Spirited Away (2001), Atlantis II: Milo's Return (2003) and Leroy & Stitch (2006). See more »

Goofs

Tara Strong is the voice of both Adella and Andrina. Adella has a more normal voice and Andrina has the funny one. At one time in the movie, where Ariel is back from the underground club and tells her sisters about it, you can hear Adella with the funny voice saying: "Yeah me too" and then you hear Andrina with a perfectly normal voice saying "Not without me". They changed voices for a moment. See more »

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King Triton: It seems that Marina can use some help.
[to Sebastian]
King Triton: I want you to look after Ariel.
[Marina shrieks]
King Triton: No offence Marina.
Marina Del Ray: [displeased] None taken.
[to Sebastian]
Marina Del Ray: Soft shell!
Sebastian: [to Marina] Tardy girl!
Marina Del Ray: Stick eye!
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.124 (2009) See more »

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Man Smart Woman Smarter
Written by Norman Span
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Jodi Benson is at it again
1 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

Jodi Benson, we hardly want to know you anymore. Can you do any movie role EXCEPT Little Mermaid? One is just very curious if you just can't let go. Or maybe Disney Studios can't let go. Whatever the case, this needs to stop.

Ariel is back with a prequel. OK, first I don't really care where Ariel comes from anymore. This should have been covered in the original classic Little Mermaid. But no, we have to wait 15 years later just to give Jodi Benson another job. A job we don't know if she wanted.

The whole film is about the death of Ariel's mother and the subsequent return to music to the underwater kingdom. You can fill in the rest. No conflict, no character development. And nobody really cares anymore.

I want 80 minutes of my life back. "F"


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