The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008)

Animated musical prequel charts the enchanting, wonderful undersea misadventures of Ariel as a teenage mermaid (voice of Jodi Benson), adapting to a world without music after their father, King Triton, has banned it following the death of… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 26, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An extremely slight improvement over its immediate predecessor...

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Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

Should Disney continue with other straight-to-DVD sequels or prequels like this one, "Bambi II"....needs to be required viewing. A close relationship between characters, as with Bambi and his father, works. An insufferable Flounder does not.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

"A prequel to The Little Mermaid where the emotional battleground is largely identical to that movie" didn't inspire anybody's best work. Who could have guessed?

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

for young girls and die-hard Little Mermaid fans, it works

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

It's a beautifully told, charming story with lyrical songs and fabulous dance routines

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David Cornelius

Perfectly watchable yet not entirely memorable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Judge it compared to the original and it looks awful. For a direct to video film, and compared to the sequel, it's pretty darn good. The best thing about… More
Jackson Walsh
I surprisingly liked Little Mermaid 3 and I'll tell you why. It was an original story that answered questions left unsaid in the original (i.e.… More
Dead Angel
This was boring :|
Remi Logan
I tried to sit through the whole thing, but my attention span is only so long. I used to watch the Little Mermaid television series and I think if this movie… More
Dannielle Albert
Much more chessey than the first two, but if I were younger I think I'd love it. I enjoyed getting to know Ariel's sisters in this movie, who we were… More
Sunil Jawahir
Interesting. Not especially good but watchable. I was interested in seeing if it would go anywhere