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

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A prequel to The Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning is great family entertainment that deserves a spot in every Disney collection. It’s hard to imagine the underwater world of Atlantica without music, but following the death of Ariel’s mother Queen Athena, King Triton (Jim Cummings) outlaws music because of the painful memories it evokes. Ariel (Jodi Benson) and her six sisters are unhappy with their boring daily routine, unfeeling governess Marina Del Ray (Sally Field), and superficial relationship with their father; but only Ariel has the courage to confront their father with a desire for a more fulfilling life. A chance meeting with Flounder (Parker Goris) leads Ariel to the underground Catfish music club where the Caribbean jazz is hot and the starred soloist is none other the King’s Chief of Staff Sebastian (Samuel Wright). Suddenly, a whole new world full of promise and excitement opens up for Ariel and her sisters, but things get ugly when Marina tells King Triton about the club and his fury erupts. Can the power of music, combined with Ariel’s heartfelt pleas, convince King Triton to pardon all the underground music lovers and reconsider his ban on music? Ariel’s Beginning is a wholesome story about love, family, and the power of music that’s nicely animated and features a host of good music–the only things missing from the first movie are Ariel’s innocent sense of wonder and the extreme catchiness of the original songs. Bonus features include two deleted scenes, four sing-along songs with on-screen lyrics; a mermaid discovery game in which viewers learn about Ariel and her six sisters; a quiz that matches viewers with the character most like themselves; an interview with director Peggy Holmes, and a look at the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid Under the Sea.

Main Features:

Actors: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Jim Cummings, Sally Field, Parker Goris
Directors: Peggy Holmes
Writers: Evan Spiliotopoulos, Robert Reece
Producers: Kendra Haaland, Mary Thorne
Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles: English
Dubbed: Spanish, French
Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Walt Disney Video
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
Run Time: 77 minutes