A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Melody runs way from home after an argument with her mother. Her parents cover up and lie to her about her mermaid roots in order to protect her.
Violence & Scariness
Morgana (Ursula's sister) threatens baby Melody by holding her over a gaping shark's mouth. A menacing shark attempts to eat other characters. Melody nearly drowns when she's trapped in an undersea cave. Kids who found Ursula scary in the first movie will likely feel the same way about Morgana.
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Products & Purchases
Ariel is a very popular Disney princess, whose brand reaches far and wide. Expect to see princess branding on consumer merchandise, food products, etc. as well as in books, websites, and other media.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids will see some potentially scary scenes with mild peril, including a pair of sharks who attempt to eat people and animal characters. Ursula's sister, Morgana, looks very like the menacing sea witch from the original movie and is likely to frighten kids who found Ursula scary. Morgana threatens baby Melody by holding her over a gaping shark's mouth, and Melody also nearly meets her end by drowning. Melody later runs away from home after a disagreement with her mother. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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