The Little Mermaid

 
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Spin-off sinks for everyone except besotted fans.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

General messages of being responsible, keeping your word, etc.

Violence & scariness

Little or no intentional violence, but cartoon accidents happen with some regularity, particularly to under-the-sea monsters. Ariel's father sometimes defends her with his magic sceptre, which seems to shoot lasers.

Sexy stuff

Ariel's costume is arguably too sexy for a kids' cartoon, but that battle was lost long ago.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The Little Mermaid is a Disney princess. Enough said.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like the movie, the cartoon spin-off has its scary moments. Under-the-sea monsters appear for various reasons, humans threaten the sea kingdom, and the main characters are frequently in mild peril that's made more frightening by the powerful animation.

What's the story?

THE LITTLE MERMAID is a spin-off of the popular movie. In each episode, Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson) has a problem, which intensifies and is then solved.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Ariel, Sebastian (Samuel E. Wright), and the rest of the familiar characters are still splashing about, but the story lines are generally weak. Unfortunately, the most mesmerizing thing about this Mermaid is Ariel's flowing hair.

Trite and uninspired, this is a single-episode cartoon, broken up by Toon Disney's commercials at frequent intervals. It employs a sitcom formula that doesn't leave much room for the fun and magic the movie did so well. Some episodes don't even resolve the initial problem, leaving even the youngest viewer wondering what happened to, for example, the harp Ariel wanted to play.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the moral lessons within each episode, although it's worth noting that it's frequently Ariel's father who's the target of the lessons, rather than Ariel herself. Should the king expect Ariel to follow his dreams rather than her own? Should Ariel obey her father? Are there times when it's OK not to follow the rules?

TV details

Network:Toon Disney
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Princesses and fairies, Ocean creatures
TV rating:TV-Y

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Teen, 14 years old Written bynazz4ever September 15, 2009
 
i loved this show since i was 6
What other families should know
Great role models
Adult Written bytackettgibson April 9, 2008
 

Magic and scenes of peril a bit much for my kids

My kids are not really taken by this show. If fact it can scare my 5 year old daughter. The magic, threat and perilous scenes are a bit much. If you have a little one that is easily scared, aviod this even tho it has a sweet mermaid character. If we watch this I TIVO specific episode and pre-watch.
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 July 10, 2010
 

Good spinoff series

I liked the series (Toon Disney is off-air now). But, even though this is a prequel to the movie, some things happens earlier before it did in the movie (for example, Ariel normally encounters Ursula but in the movie she just met her.) There is some mild violence, mainly peril and scary-looking villians). Ariel's outfit is a bit suggestive. Not much to worry about.
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Great messages
Too much sex

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