What You Need To Know:
The songs in LITTLE MERMAID II are decent, though not as much fun as the first movie’s tunes, but the humor concerning the animals is just as humorous. Also, the story is vivid in its relevance to pre-teen viewers; it’s about a 12-year-old’s struggles and ideals. Despite the loving parent-child relationships and mending of conflict, there are some elements of magical powers and vengeance that hurt this sequel’s acceptability. THE LITTLE MERMAID II is an amusing story that contains elements that parents should discuss with their children
(BB, OO, Pa, V, N, D, M) Mostly moral worldview of restoration of mother-daughter relationship & good overcoming evil with elements of magic trident, magic spells & magical powers by both good & evil characters & some whimsical, carefree but disobedient behavior by child; no foul language but double meaning when character refers to shark shrunken by magic as having “a size issue”; shark bumps people out of the way, evil character captures baby, crab clamps boy’s hand, evil character uses powers to force sea creatures to bow down to her, shark crashes into wall of ice, & some slapstick violence; kissing; upper male nudity & bikini top of shells on female mermaids; magic potion given to girl; and, lying, stealing & revenge all rebuked.
Ariel revisits the sea in THE LITTLE MERMAID II, this time to search for her pre-teen daughter in order to save her from the clutches of Morgana, the sister of Ariel’s prior nemesis, Ursula.
To celebrate the birth of their daughter, Eric and Ariel rejoice with a celebration for Melody, who meets her grandfather, the mighty King Triton, for the first time. Triton is of course, immediately taken with his granddaughter and presents a locket that holds an ocean scene inside. The joyful scene is then interrupted by the grudge-bearing Morgana, who sneers at Ariel for defeating her sister Ursula (in the first movie). Morgana takes Melody, only to be thwarted by Ariel’s quick thinking. Morgana then retreats, promising to return. Ariel sadly announces that Melody cannot know her connection to the sea so that she will not fall prey to Morgana. Though disappointed, Triton understands Ariel’s concerns and, in his sadness, drops the locket into the ocean.
Years later, the seaside palace now has a huge wall built around it, to hide it from the sea. However, Melody, now seen on her 12th birthday, has obviously sneaked out to the sea on more than one occasion. Former babysitter to Ariel, Sebastian the nervous crab, now must look after Melody. While diving for seashells, Melody discovers a locket, the same one her grandfather dropped into the ocean years ago. She tries to ask her mother about it but Ariel, remembering her vow to keep Melody from the sea, tries to sidestep the issue.
Morgana, seeing the discovery through her magic ball, plots a way to answer Melody’s questions about her heritage before her parents do. When Melody falls into the trap, it is up to Ariel to return to the sea as a mermaid so that she can explain the truth to her daughter, before it is too late.
THE LITTLE MERMAID II: RETURN TO THE SEA has the same heroes from the first movie, only everyone has matured and some have started families of their own. The songs are decent, though not as much fun as the first movie’s tunes were, but the humor concerning the animals is just as humorous. The story is vivid in its relevance to pre-teen viewers; it’s about a 12-year-old’s struggles and ideals.
However, despite the loving parent child relationship and mending of conflict, there are some elements of magic, special powers and vengeance that hurt its acceptability. The villainess, Morgana, attempts to gain the spell-casting abilities of her sister Ursula, and talks about how Ursula was always favored by their mother. King Triton’s power, on the other hand, is based on the powers through his trident. If this taken away from him, he is simply reduced to a normal “mer-man” and seems almost spineless in character.
THE LITTLE MERMAID II: RETURN TO THE SEA is an amusing story that, however, contains elements that must be discussed, if not avoided, concerning children. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® recommends caution for younger children.