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December 1, 2013

THE LITTLE MERMAID II: RETURN TO THE SEA and THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL’S BEGINNING Blu-ray Combo Pack Reveiew

*I received a free DVD for review purpose. I did not receive any other form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine. 





Synopsis:                             The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
All of your favorite characters from The Little Mermaid continue their adventures in this enchanting sequel to one of the most celebrated animated films of all time.  Even though her parents tell her merpeople and Atlantica are just “old fish tales,” Ariel’s daughter, Melody, dreams of being part of that magical world. In an unforgettable story that will take your breath away, all the good creatures on the land and under the sea must join forces to show Melody that both her worlds can live in perfect harmony.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning
One of Disney’s most beloved characters reveals the extraordinary events that led up to her transformation into a princess!  Long before Ariel walked on land and into Prince Eric’s heart, she was one of seven beloved daughters of powerful King Triton. But times were troubled in the underwater kingdom – and music was banned! In this magical adventure, Ariel, her fun-loving sisters, and her loyal friends Sebastian and Flounder strive to bring music and friendship back to Atlantica. Featuring breathtaking animation – and some thrilling surprises – The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning is an enchanting tale you’ll share with your family again and again!

Cast:                                      The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea              
                                                Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid, Toy Story 3) as Ariel, Samuel E. Wright (The Little Mermaid, Dinosaur) as Sebastian, Tara Strong (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) as Melody, Pat Carroll (The Little Mermaid, My Neighbor Totoro) as Morgana, Buddy Hackett (The Little Mermaid, Buddy Hackett Live and Uncensored) as Scuttle, Kenneth Mars (Young Frankenstein, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) as King Triton, Cam Clarke (Hotel Transylvania, The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride) as Flounder

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning
                                                Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid, Toy Story 3) as Ariel, Samuel E. Wright (The Little Mermaid, Dinosaur) as Sebastian, Jim Cummings (Shrek, Aladdin) as King Triton, Sally Field (Forrest Gump, Lincoln) as Marina Del Ray, Parker Goris (Delta Farce / Kingdom Hearts II) as Flounder

Director:                              The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea              
Jim Kammerud (101 Dalmatians II, A Goofy Movie)
Kevin Lima (Tarzan II, 101 Dalmatians II)

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning
Peggy Holmes (Secret of the Wings)

Writer:                                 The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea                              
Elizabeth Andersen (Lassie, Three Wished)
Temple Mathews (Return to Never Land, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas)



The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning
                                                                Robert Reece (Cinderella III: A Twist in Time / A Fare to Remember)
                                                                Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Lion King1 ½, The Jungle Book 2)

Release Date:                      November 19, 2013 (Direct Pre-book: 9/24; Distributor Pre-book: 10/8)

Packaging:                            3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray disc + 2 DVD discs)

Bonus Features:                 THE LITTLE MERMAID II: RETURN TO THE SEA
(Blu-ray & DVD)                 "The Little Mermaid II" Storybook
Deleted Song "Gonna Get My Wish" 
Classic Animated Short “Merbabies”
               
THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL’S BEGINNING
Splashdance:  A Dancer's Adventures Under The Sea
Deleted Scenes with intros by Director Peggy Holmes
Music & More
Sing Along With The Movie
The Little Mermaid: Under the Sea and Behind the Scenes on Broadway (DVD only)
Mermaid Discovery Vanity Game (DVD only)

Ratings:                                  G (both films)

Feature Run Time:            The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea: 75 minutes
The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning: 77 minutes

Aspect Ratio:                       1.78:1

Audio:                                    Blu-ray - English 5.1 DTS-HDMA. English 2.0 Dolby Digital
French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD - English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Languages:                           Blu-ray - English, Spanish and French Canadian
DVD - English, Spanish and French Canadian

Subtitles:                              Blu-ray - English SDH, Spanish and French Canadian
DVD - English SDH, Spanish and French Canadian
 

Our Review: 
If your child has watched The Little Mermaid hundred of times like my has and is completely in love with everything that has to do with Ariel, then this blu-ray combo is a must purchase for you. This combo pack comes with 2 movies, The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning and The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. While Ariel's Beginning is a prequel to the Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid II is a movie that focus on Prince Eric and Ariel's daughter. Although these two movies are not as amazing as the original The Little Mermaid, but we thought they still make great additions to our Disney movie collection. For a fan like my daughter, anything Ariel related is a must have. The only minor complaint my daughter had was that she wished Ariel and Prince Eric had more appearances/ bigger roles in The Little Mermaid II.

To buy the blu-ray combo pack we received to review, please visit your local stores where Disney DVDs are sold.

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