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|The Little Mermaid Trilogy|
Actors: The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, The Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid II: Return To The Sea Special Edition
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
Dive into The Little Mermaid collection and experience every magical moment of Ariel's underwater adventures. Experience all three movies available for the first time together in this 3-movie collection, swimming with exci... more »
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A Classic Trilogy Under The Sea
John | Australia | 12/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"'The Little Mermaid' is by far one of Disneys most beloved animated features of all time so it is no suprise the studio chose to release two sequels to follow its success. What is amazing is how much of the life of Disney's Ariel is unveiled within this trilogy. Where traditionally Disney tends to set its sequels in an around the original, the whole mermaid trilogy spans over 28 years of Ariel's life, from her childhood days to her teenage years and finally to her life as an adult. It makes for an entertaining and really enjoyable watch as you witness each aspect of her life as it comes and how she develops as a character.
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning is the beginning of this grand narrative (despite the fact it was made last). Here we meet Ariel's loving mother Queen Athena and witness her shocking death at the hands of pirates. As a result Trition not only declares mer folk cannot swim to the surface, but also all music must be expelled from Atlantica. We jump ten years ahead to Ariel a year before the original motion picture took place. She discovers music for the first time, meets her life long friend Flounder and finally makes a connection with her estranged father.
The Little Mermaid (the original) continues the tale. With music now restored to Atlantica, Ariel and her sisters prepare to give a royal concert, however Ariel has fallen in love with human things and forgets the occasion, encuring the rathe of her father. She arrives home for a scolding but it is also revealed she swam to the surface with Flounder. Trition does not want his daughter to die the way his dear Queen did years before at the hands of humans and demands Ariel never return to the surface again. But the problem is that Ariel wants nothing more then to walk on land. She then makes a pact with the sea witch Ursula in order to become human for three days in the hopes of being with her one true love, a human Prince named Eric. As you can imagine she does succeed in living happily ever after...
Hence we reach: The Little Mermaid: Return To The Sea, a highly fitting ending to the trilogy. Here Ariel gives birth to a daughter named Melody. But Ursula's evil sister Morganna wishes to use Melody in order to capture King Trition's tridant and take over the sea (something her sister had failed to do). Ariel sees no choice but to seperate Melody from the sea and hide her mermaid heritage from her. She finally understands why her father wished to protect her in the original film and, when Melody runs away, seeks to tell her daughter the truth and finally restore the alliance of land and sea that was broken so many years before.
Overall the series is highly strong as a trilogy. There are themes that echo throughout all three films unifying them as if they were originally intended to be viewed as one. Seeing Ariel grow as a character is most interesting as is the progression of many of the characters in the saga. The music is stunning in all three films and the recurrance of the 'Part Of Your World' theme as a tie between all three films really brings everything together. It is especially powerful in 'Return To The Sea' in the ultimate climax of the series in which choices must be made by not only Ariel but also her daughter. The other thing that is most gratifying is the theme explored in the films about parents and children. Ariel's bond to her mother through song, her strained relationship with her father and finally her relationship with her own child really gives the series a link that emotionally holds the series together and really makes for a satisfying climax in Return To The Sea.
Overall I recommend these films be viewed as one. I love the original Little Mermaid and I feel as a series, watched in order, this is the strongest trilogy Disney has ever produced."
The Little Mermaid Trilogy
Mrs. Yvette M. Mostafa | Brooklyn, New York | 12/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best deal in obtaining all three parts of the movie at a reasonable price."
Great Movies, Great Price!
Melanie | 01/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great money saving bundle! It has all three of The Little Mermaid movies in one convinient packet and for a great price. Once i saw this i knew i had to order right away, especially since Disney loves making movies "disappear into the Disney vault forever". I would recommend to get this asap!"
M. McElveen | Florence, SC | 04/01/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"i hesitated on buying this or seeing the last one, sure it couldn't be as good as the others. But I was glad to be wrong, the final/first story IS was well done as the other two. I'm well over 21 and still enjoy this set very much, kids love it too!"