75 Min | Animation – Drama – Family | September 2000
IMDB Rating: 5.5
Directors: Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith
Starring: Tara Strong, Pat Carroll, Jodi Benson
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea Review: Back in June 2005, reviewed The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea and basically just slammed it repeatedly without really giving it a chance. Of course, when you’re 14 and a troll, slamming movies that don’t appeal to your age group or tastes is easy. So after a 9 year old review, it’s time to give this movie a much better review. First of all, This is a direct sequel to the 1989 classic that revitalized Disney as a serious movie making company. The original 1989 classic is loved for it’s portrayal of a curious young mermaid who longs to discover what life is like on land. Now skip ahead 12 years. The sequel is a mirror image, with a young girl who dreams of life in the sea.
So the story of The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea, begins a year or so after the events of the first movie. by this time, Ariel and Eric are now parents of their infant Melody. During the celebration of the newborn child, the sister of Ursula appears and threatens Melody’s safety, but is driven back into the sea and into hiding. But as long as she’s still at large, Ariel refuses to let young melody know about her true history, which eventually comes to bite Ariel on the tail 12 years later, as the rebellious Melody sneaks underneath a wall constructed to keep her out of the sea. For what it’s worth, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea, isn’t what one would call “mass appeal” like the movie that came before it. However, the character of Melody, whose voice belongs to the legendary voice actress Tara Strong, seems to have a cult following among girls, whereas other extra characters didn’t seem to be accepted as well, even if they had some fun moments at points.
As for the returning characters of The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea, Ariel is a bit more mature and mother-like, but lacks the strength she had in the original movie. Luckily, Jodi Benson came back to do the voice again. Flounder is more or less the same. Triton is more or less the same guy but more trusting of his daughter. Sebastian is still the fun crab but with less musical routines. Scuttle is more one-dimensional and lacks the humor he had from the first movie. And Paulsen makes any movie, TV show, or video game better with his voice. Overall, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea one’s a fair sequel. It’s aimed at girls in the tween range, but the supporting characters just might keep their older brothers entertained for the hour and a half.