Dissecting the Disquels: The Little Mermaid 2 – Return to the Sea

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Plot: Ariel and Eric are welcoming their new daughter, Melody, into the world when Ursula’s sister, Morgana, pops up from nowhere to attack the merpeople in an act of revenge for Ursula’s death. She attempts to kidnap the young princess, but is thwarted by King Triton.

In an effort to protect Melody from Morgana, Ariel forbids her from ever entering into the ocean again, and keeps the merpeople, and subsequently her heritage, a secret from her for years. When Melody grows up with a strong desire to be in the ocean, a familiar rift occurs between mother and daughter, leading Melody to doing something rash in order to get her wish.

Breakdown: How about a story? Once upon a time a younger FiddleTwix went into a Barnes and Noble and spotted two different things; an N*Sync CD “No Strings Attached” and The Little Mermaid 2 on VHS. Her mother told her that she could only get one. Being a young and mature brat, she lamented over her decision until she finally bought The Little Mermaid 2. Why? I have no idea.

Another fun fact about me, I never understood what the big to-do was about little girls and The Little Mermaid. It’s like some girl rule, especially if you’re a fangirl of something, that you must adore this movie.

Don’t believe me? A girl friend of mine sprung this question up on me in a Skype conversation with two guy friends. One of the guy friends asked me if I liked The Little Mermaid completely out of the blue. I said ‘not really’ and my girl friend was like “COME ON! How could you not like The Little Mermaid!?” And I responded “I dunno. I was more of a Lion King girl, myself” to which my two guy friends basically virtually high-fived me for.

I never got it. I thought it was a pretty decent movie, but I never watched it more than a couple times. I just couldn’t get into it very much. I watched The Lion King so much that my tape wore out, but I never got into The Little Mermaid. So why did I want the sequel so bad that I’d pass up NFRIGGINSYNC for a copy of it? (No worries, I bought the CD a few weeks later. Jealous? I know you are) Again, I don’t know. I honestly cannot remember my thought process there.

I watched the sequel once, thought little of it, and it’s now rotting in a tote full of old tapes in my closet. I must’ve been too busy jammin’ to the N*Sync boys to give it a repeat viewing, but that likely gives you a taste of my opinion on it right there.

And with that wonderful rambling, ONTO THE SHOW.

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A now older Ariel has a baby daughter named Melody. During a presentation ceremony with the merpeople that reminds me a lot of the opening of The Lion King, a seawitch named Morgana shows up and snatches the baby away from her.

Morgana is our villain this time around, and she’s Ursula’s previously never mentioned or shown ‘crazy sister’, as Sebastian describes her. She’s exactly like Ursula in every way, shape and form except she’s insanely thin instead of fat, and she has an inferiority complex. She has an issue with constantly being passed over for Ursula by her mother. Yup, mommy issues with our villain. Yay.

She even has a fish lackey. However, I should mention the important note that Morgana is supposedly less powerful and less masterful with magic than Ursula, as per comments by other characters. Because that creates tension, right? Knowing that she’s less powerful and useful with magic than the original villain was?

She wants revenge on Ariel and King Triton for killing her sister, even though, technically, Prince Eric was the one that killed her. Also, if she hated Ursula so much, why is she so bent on avenging her death? Is she really just trying to prove she’s better than her by doing something she couldn’t achieve?

Before you can hope that this is about Morgana raising Melody as her own in an evil manner and having her attack her parents for the Trident, Eric and Ariel manage to take Melody back. Morgana escapes into the water and vanishes, and Ariel says that Melody can’t be allowed near the sea until Morgana is caught.

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Fair enough, but she also tells her father that Melody can’t know about merpeople, Atlantica, Morgana or anything like that as well….for no reason. Okay, you were perfectly fine with the stuff about keeping her away from the sea. Morgana would probably kidnap her the first chance that she got. But why not tell her anything about merpeople and Morgana?

So you’re just gonna completely forbid her from even getting near the ocean and never give a good reason as to why besides ‘it’s dangerous’? At least with Triton and Ariel he and Sebastian gave pretty decent reasons to not go on land. And if you told her about Morgana not only would that give her a better reason not to go near the ocean, but that would also give her the knowledge on how to deal with Morgana if she ever came into contact with her.

By now, you’re probably noticing something weird with this movie, and your assumptions are right. Ten minutes into the movie and you can already tell that this is the original movie only in reverse. Now starring Ariel as King Triton and Melody as Ariel.

Melody will want to go to the sea, Ariel will constantly forbid her from doing so until she crosses a line, Melody will find Morgana who will offer her the ability to be in the sea via fins and gills in exchange for something, the deal will go sour, Ariel will rescue her, Morgana will get killed or sent to mer-prison, they’ll live happily together in harmony, the end.

Cut ahead to 12 years later on Melody’s twelfth birthday. We see that a giant wall has been built around the castle to ensure that she never goes near the ocean. So I guess she’s supposed to be trapped in there? The hell? I mean, she has to be for that wall to be effective. I assume she goes to school, and there’s no one preventing her from skipping out to take a dip over there.

That’s pretty damn messed up. Either that or the wall is blocking off the entire coast. You can’t really tell from the shot, and in which case, that’s even worse.

Ariel’s trying to find Melody to get her ready for the party, but she’s, you guessed it, swimming out in the ocean. She’s swimming around finding sea shells with Sebastian, Scuttle and other fishy friends….

So she can’t know about merpeople or Atlantica, but she’s perfectly allowed to talk to every talking fish in the sea, a talking crab and a talking seagull…..That never once struck her as odd?….How did Sebastian explain that without explaining the merpeople? Why is this never discussed?

Along the way she discovers a locket that Triton was going to give her on her presentation day. It was a gold seashell locket with her name engraved in the front that showed a snowglobe-esque magical viewing of Atlantica and merpeople swimming around it. It’s covered in dirt so she can’t see the name on the front. Triton decided to dump it into the ocean instead of keeping it so that he could give it to her when Morgana was found.

I guess he had no faith whatsoever that he’d find her. What is she going to do? Wait around for 12 years doing nothing but waiting for Melody to go into the ocean when she could just make thousands of other better plans for seeking revenge and getting the trident? Pfft right! That’d be silly.

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Melody realizes she has to go back to the party before she gets caught, and we see how she’s been getting out into the ocean without her parents’ knowledge. The wall has grates on the bottom to allow some amount of water to come through. There’s a loose bar on it that she can move out of the way to slip in and out….Wow, shoddy and confusing construction there, guys.

You build 50 foot walls all around a castle to keep a 12-year-old from swimming, and yet you not only have grates to let water in that are more than big enough to sneak through, but one bar is so loose that a 12-year-old girl has no problem whatsoever moving it out of the way?

Wow. Someone’s getting a bad Yelp review.

Melody sneaks into the castle, bumping into some snobby kids that were invited to her party yet seem to hate her along the way. We never learn who these kids are or why they hate her, they’re just there to prove that she’s a sea-freak to everyone. She hides her shells and quickly gets dressed, snagging Sebastian in her bow. Ariel tries to have a heart-to-heart with her because she feels like she’s weird, but gets interrupted by Eric telling them that it’s time for the party.

A boy asks Melody to dance, and they dance for a while until Sebastian wiggles out of her bow and pinches the boy on the finger, sending him flying through the air and into Melody’s birthday cake. Melody apologizes to the chef and asks if Sebastian is alright. The brats from before and the boy she was dancing with call her out on talking with fish.

Everybody laughs their preteen asses off. The chef realizes that Sebastian was the crab from the last movie and starts chasing him around with a cleaver causing even more chaos and laughter. I’d probably fire/arrest a crazy guy with a cleaver hacking away at everything in sight in a kids’ party, but whatever.

Melody runs off to her room in embarrassment. We see her crying in the dark as Ariel goes to comfort her daughter. Melody laments in being a weirdo and grabs the locket from before. She wipes the dirt off and realizes that it says her name on the front.

She opens it and sees the magical viewing stuff and realizes it’s Atlantica with merpeople. Melody wonders what it means since her mother has told her all along that Atlantica was a fairy tale. Ariel is flustered by her questions. Instead of biting the bullet and answering them, she just changes the subject to Melody disobeying her by going out into the ocean. She starts yelling at her, and Melody runs out of the room.

Eric passes by her and tells Ariel that it may be time to tell her the truth, and Ariel….agrees…..There was going to be a time when you told her?! You said at the beginning that she can never know about that stuff until Morgana was caught and now you’re just deciding to tell her?

What was stopping you from telling her beforehand besides the plot said so? It’s obviously not because you believe she’s mature enough to not go into the water on her own, because she keeps doing it anyway. It really seems like it’s just because you really have no choice now. She’ll never leave you alone on the matter of the locket unless you tell her the truth.

Melody then runs away into the ocean on a small rowboat claiming that she’s going to find out what her parents have been keeping from her all of these years.…

How? You have a locket and a rowboat, kid. That’s it. How the hell do you intend on finding any information that way? Gonna dive into the frigid waters and interview fish until you get a break? Oh wait, you can’t do that because you can’t breathe/talk underwater.

Only way you’d get information is if a fish suddenly pops up and offers you the information because 1) He knows who you are and that you’re out there and 2) He has some kind of ulterior motive. Like Morgana’s fish friend whose name constantly escapes me—Oh he did! Hooray!

So yeah, the fish pops up and tells Melody that Morgana can tell her everything that she needs to know about the locket. So, like an idiot, she happily agrees to follow him.

I should mention that we’re thirty minutes in and we’ve only had one song so far and that was the opening. I would’ve at least thought we’d have an “I want” song like ‘Part of That World’ by now. Weird.

We arrive at Morgana’s lair who oddly tells her to get out of the cold despite her lair being covered in icicles. She’s acting all nice-nice and Melody asks her about the locket. Morgana tells her that it has her name on it because it has her destiny in it. She then opens the locket, revealing the same scene of Atlantica.

Melody then says “Me? A mermaid? Impossible.”……Kid, you are talking to a woman who is half-human half-squid, looking into a magic locket that contains a magic snowglobe of an underwater society and merpeople after being taken there by a talking fish. I’m pretty sure “impossible” is out the window.

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What’s the matter, Melody? Getting cold feet?

She gets out a bottle of Ursula’s magic….She bottled her magic? Why? What possible reason could Ursula have for bottling her magic? Moreover, how did Morgana get it?

Morgana, surprisingly, doesn’t ask for a deal, and just changes her into a mermaid right then. Melody’s all too happy about being a mermaid and doesn’t even think to ask about possible repercussions or conditions of this favor that this complete stranger who looks so much like a villain that she might as well have a neon sign on her face that says “MUAHAHAH” did for her.

We cut to Eric’s ship where Ariel’s speaking to her father about the search for Melody. Eric tells Ariel that she should go into the water and search for her because she knows the waters so well. He’ll continue the search on land….on his boat? Triton then turns Ariel back into a mermaid and everyone’s favorite mermaid is back in action. Hoorah!

Then, 32 minutes in, we finally get a song. Instead of an “I want” song it’s an “I got what I wanted” song. Starting off with the wonderful lyrics “Something something flipper, it’s just like putting my feet into one great big slipper” If becoming a mermaid is like sticking your feet into a big slipper, I’ll pass.

Not only would that be miserable on land, it’d probably make you drown underwater. And moving onto other lyrics like “Taking all of the curls right out of my hair!” You have no curls in your hair to take out, Melody. Also, Ariel’s parts in this song are very disjointed. They just seem like they were thrown in there last minute.

The song’s not “bad” per se, but it’s really forgettable. You see how I forgot those lyrics right there? I’m in the middle of listening to the song. That’s how forgettable it is.

During the song, however, we see that Ariel has gone to her old fangirl room of collectibles. That’s your first stop while looking for your daughter? Your old hall of junk? You really ARE a fangirl, Ariel. To be fair, it’s to illustrate the fact that she should’ve talked to Melody about her past as a mermaid instead of keeping it a secret and maybe they wouldn’t be in this situation.

Ya know, a lot of people give Ariel a big pass in the first movie for making bad decisions because she was just a teenager, and I get that a bit. Well, what’s the big excuse here? That she’s a first-time parent?

She meets back with Morgana who breaks the shocking news to her that the magic that made her a mermaid is only temporary. Melody is heartbroken and asks if there’s anyway to keep her as a mermaid. Morgana tells her that she could have the magic to make the transformation permanent, but she’d require her Trident.

She tells Melody that she used to have a Trident with great magical powers before someone in Atlantica stole it. If she gets it back, she’ll get to be a mermaid forever.

Melody agrees to do it, and Morgana gives her a crude map to Atlantica drawn on a slab of ice. She rides a whale and has a difficult time understanding the map. The whale sneezes, which launches her into the air, landing on a small glacier, causing the map to break. She then laments on needing to figure out how to get there. Sorry if that was a bit of an abrupt explanation. The entire scene was really just pointless and took way too long.

It’s here that I get seriously confused. Atlantica can’t be THAT far away from the castle. Ariel used to spy on Eric all the time while easily swimming from Atlantica to there and Ariel was just at her fangirl hut a few minutes ago after just being transformed back near the shores of her castle. That wasn’t that far from Atlantica, and yet Melody seems to have been traveling all night and is near the arctic. Where the hell is this girl going, and where was she to begin with?

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We cut to a mother penguin yelling for help. Her baby is on a slab of ice in the middle of the water and is being circled by a shark. Several penguins have gathered together to make a chain from the ice cliff that the mother is standing on to reach the child below, but they’re not long enough. Then we’re introduced to our horrid comic relief, Tip and Dash, which sounds like something a guy would learn while going through puberty.

Meet Tip the penguin and Dash the walrus. They’re an aspiring hero team who couldn’t be more obvious ripoffs of Timon and Pumbaa if they tried. They really just changed their species and made them wannabe superheroes. They even seem to be trying really hard to make Dash sound like Pumbaa.

They gladly jump into the action to help save the baby penguin. Putting the fact that there’s no way in hell a few penguins could withstand the weight of a walrus aside, Tip and Dash climb down the Penguichain to reach the baby, but they freak out and run back up when they see the shark. The resulting hijinks do eventually lead to the baby being flung back to the mother and everyone crashing into the snow.

The penguins all tell Tip and Dash that they suck and we even get this joke; “Some heroes….More like ZEROES! BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!” Hey guys, be careful with that joke, it’s from the 40’s.

Melody meets them as they’re having a pity party and asks them to take her to Atlantica. Tip doesn’t want to because Melody admits that she’s really a human under a spell, and I guess he doesn’t like humans for some reason, but Dash convinces him to do it.

Then we get a song from Tip and Dash…..okay, half the movie had no songs in it, now we get two songs in 10 minutes, one of which is centered around two characters we barely know and just met half a minute ago.

The song is basically what I’m assuming is their superhero theme song. Like the other song, it’s horribly forgettable, and this one has the added bonus of being completely pointless. I guess they just needed something to fill in the travel time since these characters are awful. Speaking of travel time, they’re doing damn good to go from wherever in the arctic Melody was to Atlantica in the course of a song.

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We cut back to Ariel, who is still looking for Melody, when she spots who she thinks is Flounder. She swims to the fish and hugs him, but the fish pushes her away and swims off while yelling “Daddy!” The actual Flounder emerges, and he’s the fish’s dad.

He’s gotten old and a bit heavier, so that’s a grand total of two people who have aged over the course of 12 years ARIEL AND ERIC…..He’s the father to five or six fishes with no mother in sight because Disney mother syndrome. He reunites with Ariel and agrees to help her find Melody….

….Who swims right past where they were mere seconds after they swim away…..They pulled an An American Tail on us, people…..What….the…hell.

Melody arrives at Atlantica and literally bumps into a merboy and is all goofy around him. However, Tip drags her away before she can get a sentence in with him, and she was so flustered while meeting him that he thinks her name is Mel-Mel.

We get to the underwater castle where King Triton is, and Melody makes the remark that he doesn’t look like a thief. Tip responds “They never do”…….So wait, Tip and Dash know Atlantica’s location well enough to get there easily (While singing, mind you) from miles and miles and miles away, yet they have no idea what the king looks like? The crown wasn’t even a clue? Well okay, movie. Not only that, but I guess they’ve never heard of the king’s Trident because Tip just calls it a fork and acts like it’s a cheap pitchfork.

Hey, get this, another American Tail moment. King Triton is all pissed because some party’s being arranged while everyone’s supposed to be looking for Melody. He screams that everyone needs to look for her and knocks over the table that Tip, Dash and Melody are hiding under. BUT he never looks down and turns around after he does it. They simply hide under the table again when it floats back down.

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Dash is shaking so much under the table from fear that Triton goes to investigate, but one of his fishy subjects informs him that Ariel has returned and he leaves. I guess I should mention that Melody clearly hears this fish call him King Triton, but she never thinks anything of it.

She steals the Trident from its stand, but her locket falls off. Tip and Dash realize that Triton’s coming back and they grab her and swim away.

Triton and Ariel realize that the Trident is missing and claim that’s impossible since only Triton or one of his descendants could pull the Trident out of its stand. Now, from that information alone you could conclude that Melody stole it, but nope. The real evidence is finding Melody’s locket on the ground.

Triton realizes that Morgana’s behind this somehow, and he demands that they double the search party. Ariel notices two manta rays that she recognized as being Morgana’s swimming away overhead. She notices them from back in the attack at the beginning of the movie, 12 years ago, so I guess all mantas look alike. Pretty fish-ist Ariel… She then decides to follow them with Flounder.

Skipping a bunch of filler, Tip and Dash run off from Morgana’s little shark fish, fearing it to be a real shark (The fish was an actual sized shark 12 years ago, but got turned into a tiny fish by Triton during the attack. He’s been bitching throughout the entire movie that he’s small, but Morgana can’t restore his size with her magic.) Melody gets the Trident to Morgana, but is reluctant to give it to her because she’s acting so enthusiastic.

Oh NOW she looks suspicious. Pfft.

Ariel arrives and tries to stop Melody. They’re both surprised that the other is a mermaid and the fish hits the fan. Since Ariel has been lying to Melody all along about everything, she finally gives Morgana the Trident.

She immediately goes bonkers with power and grabs Ariel. She reveals that everything that Ariel did to Melody was out of love in a mocking manner and reveals to Melody that she stole from her grandfather. She then throws Melody into a small cave and starts to close it up with ice. She tells her that her time as a mermaid is almost up and seals up the ice, trapping her and Flounder in it, leaving Melody to die.

Tip and Dash are sitting on an iceberg moping about leaving Melody when they realize that she’s in trouble and go to help.

Morgana emerges from the water, drunk with power, as Eric arrives in his ship. Morgana cuts off the top of a nearby iceberg, which falls into Eric’s ship, sinking it. But don’t worry, all of his crew and he jump out of the boat at the last second. Oh and I’m 98% certain there was a Wilhelm scream in that evacuation of the boat. That is a true mark of quality in your film.

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Morgana uses her manta rays to drag Eric underwater, and she turns the little fish back to shark size again. Meanwhile, Ariel gets loose and goes to save Eric.

Tip and Dash fight the now big shark to save Melody just as she’s lost her fins and ability to breathe underwater. Even though she’s supposedly lost consciousness due to lack of oxygen and was down there much longer than Eric, Melody instantly snaps out of it while it seems Eric has been unconscious for minutes and remains so. Also, that water has to be friggin’ freezing and yet no signs of even getting chilly in either one of them.

Morgana’s still going crazy with power, causing giant icicles to climb all over the area and making “every being with fins” bow down before her. She’s also still going on about her damn mother. God, go to therapy.

Melody sees that since, she has feet and not fins, the Trident has no power over her….even though it was used a little while ago to turn Ariel back into a mermaid, thus there must be some form of leeway in there.

She climbs up the ice towers and snags the Trident from Morgana. Since she doesn’t know how to use it, she throws it to Triton instead who encases Morgana in ice and sends her down the bottom of the sea……….Which doesn’t make sense.

Ice floats.…

Yeah.

And even if it didn’t, encasing her in ice, which seems to be her forte, seems horribly inefficient. That ice could easily melt or break over time etc.

This is one of those things about most Disney sequels that’s been bothering me a little; they don’t kill off the villain. Granted not EVERY Disney villain dies. Some examples would be Jafar, Ratcliffe, Captain Hook and others, but most of these sequels have the villain just go away. Sarousch, Morgana and others just go to jail or something. In fact, the only Disney sequel death that I can remember is Zira from The Lion King 2. How’d we go from killing a villain by skewering her WITH A SHIP to encasing her in ice?

Melody reunites with her parents, and they all apologize to each other. Triton gives her an option – she can either go to Atlantica and live as a mermaid like she wanted or stay as a human and live with her parents. I guess her parents get no say in it.

She chooses instead to use the Trident to make the wall around the castle vanish and allow the worlds of land and sea to come together. Well, that’s a $5 million wall down the drain….literally. And I’m almost certain that after they got rid of Morgana that Ariel and Eric would do that anyway, so you wasted your one all-powerful grandpa wish, kid.

They all swim around happily while reprising the only semi-memorable song in this movie. The asshole rich kids from before join in because….well, why not? And Melody bumps into that merboy from before again for a few seconds…

I guess that’s what we get for a love story here. Ariel does kiss Eric at the end though. That’s as romantic as it gets. Merboy doesn’t even get a name. I don’t even think he’s on screen for more than a minute.

Why even bother including him to begin with? Is it law that all Disney sequels need to have romantic love in it in some form? Also, how can this relationship even work? Melody chose to stay human. He’s a merboy. The physical aspects of that don’t add up! Unless Triton turns him human someday. I dunno.

The end.

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Taste the rainbow.

The art is better than the usual sequel fare and the animation is pretty good, but there are quite a few odd shots and facial expressions that are just downright silly. Like Ariel’s face at the end of her song number where she holds the note. It looks like she’s putting all of her might into either blowing a huge bubble gum bubble or is trying desperately to kiss the camera. Then there was Triton’s face right before he makes the rainbow at the introduction. Like they stretched out his face to make him smile that big.

Sound-wise it also fares better than the other sequels, but the songs aren’t memorable at all. The first song is probably the best, but the rest….the rest being two….two damn songs…in this musical….are just entirely forgettable (For a Moment) or just lame (Tip and Dash’s theme song)

Also, I’m surprised they utilized Jodi Benson (Ariel) so poorly. She sings once in this movie. Once. Barring a minor duet part in the finale. She only gets like 4-5 lines that seemed crowbarred into Melody’s song.

Tara Charendoff (Melody) does a good job singing for the most part, her shining moment being the final line of ‘For a Moment’, which sounds drastically different than the way she was singing for most of the song, but for a girl named MELODY she hardly ever sings.

It also saddened me that we didn’t get a villain song in this movie. Maybe they didn’t think that they could top the original movie’s villain song; maybe they couldn’t find a suitable singer for Morgana, I dunno.

Also, the end-credits song is a remake of ‘Part of that World’ sung by someone I’ve never heard of. It’s also not bad, but this song has no purpose in this movie. That’s a song that talks about how she’s grown tired of sea life and wants to be on land whereas this movie’s premise is the complete opposite.

The new characters just aren’t very good. I’ll give Melody a pass because she’s not that bad and she didn’t make me as angry as Ariel did in the first movie. Morgana’s a lame replacement/rip off of Ursula, and Tip and Dash are just awful. They’re Timon and Pumbaa rip offs and we never understand why they’re so bent on being heroes, what their backstory is or anything about them at all besides that they want to be heroes. I would’ve been happy with a drive-by line of exposition.

Bottom Line: All in all, while not a big chore to sit though, this is a pointless movie. One could say that Melody is more tolerable than Ariel was in the first movie seeing as how she has better reasons for wanting “more” than Ariel did. However, it’s still the first movie in reverse only with mediocre songs, all of which were pointless, terrible comic relief characters, stupid villain and frankly a stupid premise since it could’ve all been avoided had Ariel just told her about all that stuff to begin with instead of keeping it from her for no reason.

But…I do have to give this movie some props with Ariel in one regard. A common complaint of many for the first movie is that Ariel didn’t really learn anything. She acted impulsively, was selfish, nearly got Atlantica (and maybe the world?) ruined under the dictatorship of an evil mersquid….woman…thing, and in the end her daddy and new boyfriend save her ass and she gets everything she ever wanted and more. She doesn’t learn anything, except maybe to not sign contracts with super villains, and gets all of her mistakes fixed by other people.

However, here, despite the fact that she’s still making very stupid decisions, she actually learns something in the end that comes full circle from the first movie. Yes, this movie is just the first one in reverse, but it puts Ariel in a different role that allows her to live the torment that her father went through when she was obsessed with going on land.

She could now see both the mistakes he made and the feelings behind them. He wasn’t being a hardass for the sake of hurting her; he was trying to protect her, and teenage her couldn’t see that, which just added to the tension between them.

This is emphasized even more once we learn of Ariel’s mother’s backstory in the third movie. Adult and parent Ariel can now fully understand her father’s point of view and learn from both of their mistakes.

Likewise, Melody was more proactive and had more understandable motives than Ariel. She actually did seem to learn that her parents were trying to protect her all along. Instead of being apologetic that she made a mess of everything, she seems legitimately upset and repentant for disobeying her parents and doing something so drastic on her own. In addition, her parents seem equally apologetic for the poor decisions they made in the effort to protect her.

It’s not a whole lot, but it’s something worth valuing.

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One thought on “Dissecting the Disquels: The Little Mermaid 2 – Return to the Sea

  1. I remember seeing parts of that movie a long time ago because it happened to be playing in a classroom when I was a kid (I was there to be a part of some activity that happened to be in the same room). Even back then, I was never a fan of The Little Mermaid. As a child, it’s because Ursula scared the crap out of me when I was young and I thought it was too girly. Nowadays, it’s because of the Mary Sue aspects of Ariel and some of the sexist aspects. This sequel does look pointless and mainly reverses the roles with Ariel and Triton. I was going to make a joke about Tip and Dash being Timon and Pumbaa rip-offs, but I just find it sad that it’s internalized copying even if the respective meercat and warthog are originals.

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