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The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

By Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

An uninspired rehash of the first movie.

Movie G 2000 75 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 8+

Lying and scares is too much!

age 5+

Decent

I’m pretty picky about what movies I let my 4 year old watch. This was ok. I didn’t really have any problems with it. I am glad that there was no emphasis on any type of romantic relationship for Melody. My daughter and I were able to talk about how keeping secrets causes distrust and more trouble than just being honest. We also talked about how melody was brave at the end even though she had messed up throughout the movie. I agree that it wasn’t as scary as the original. Overall: it was just fine. I’m somewhat neutral. I would let her watch it again, but I’m not sure she will want to.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (18 ):

Apart from some minor variations, the story of LITTLE MERMAID II is a shameless retread of the plot of its Academy Award-winning predecessor. This sequel doesn't come close to matching the original movie's tuneful charm. Kids may be disappointed to discover that Ariel has little more than a supporting role here. Ariel's new authoritarian role is a bit off-putting, as is her decision to lie to Melody about her family's history. Although she lies to protect her daughter, the filmmakers seem to have forgotten that the Ariel of the first movie was playful and imaginative. When the evil Morgana makes a sarcastic comment about Ariel being "cruel and deceitful," some kids just might agree with her!

Two new characters, Tip the Penguin and Dash the Walrus, will amuse younger viewers with their slapstick aquatic antics. Sadly, Sebastian the crab, one the best characters in the first movie, is reduced to complaining endlessly about having to look after yet another headstrong teenager. All of the voice actors who helped give the first movie so much charm have returned, and their skill somewhat compensates for the clumsy script. Many kids will be able to relate to Melody's sense of insecurity.

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