The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

The Little Mermaid:  Ariel's Beginning
The Little Mermaid:  Ariel's Beginning
  • G
  • 1h 17m
  • 2008
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Imagine a time long before Ariel met Prince Eric and walked on land-a time when music was banned from the underwater kingdom of Atlantica. Torn between family duty and her love for music, Ariel must make the most difficult choice of her life. With the help of her friends, Sebastian and Flounder, and her six amusing sisters, will the young mermaid be able to restore music, friendship and love to the kingdom?
© 2008 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Reel Film Reviews
David Nusair

An extremely slight improvement over its immediate predecessor...

June 25, 2017
Antagony & Ecstasy
Tim Brayton

"A prequel to The Little Mermaid where the emotional battleground is largely identical to that mov...

June 22, 2017
Urban Cinefile
Louise Keller

It's a beautifully told, charming story with lyrical songs and fabulous dance routines

June 21, 2017
Film Threat
Rory L. Aronsky

Should Disney continue with other straight-to-DVD sequels or prequels like this one, "Bambi II"......

June 21, 2017
7M Pictures
Kevin Carr

for young girls and die-hard Little Mermaid fans, it works

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Before the prince, Ariel discovers music's magic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that younger kids might be distressed by the opening scene of this direct-to-DVD prequel to Disney's The Little Mermaid: A pirate ship is seen descending on a happy mermaid family, and Ariel's mother is captured. The scene is emotional -- King Triton and his daughters are scared, and Triton in particular is anguished -- but the event isn't explicit; only a boat and ocean waves are shown. The rest of the movie is very kid-friendly.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:August 26, 2008
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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