My co-film critic has decided that today's animated feature is The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning. Now, we all know one thing about direct-to-video sequels from Disney: They suck. But not this one. This one they actually put effort into and is a cute story.
The movie starts off with Ariel and her six sisters as young children, back when everyone was happy. Their mother, Athena, loved music and sang to them often. They spent much of their time on the rocks above water. One day, a pirate ship passed through, ran aground, and crushed Athena in the process. This explains why Triton hated humans so much in the original movie, and why he forbade everyone from going to the surface.
Triton was so distraught with his music-loving wife's death, that he completely banned music in the kingdom. Fast forward ten years later, when Ariel is about 13 years old, and not interested in boys yet. But some of her sisters are! One good thing about this movie is that we see more of her sisters and their unique personalites. We also see how Ariel meets Flounder.
Now, one thing about the songs in this film: they are terrible. The sisters' governess, Marina, is played by Sally Field, who has multiple songs to sing. She should not be a singer ever. It's worse because every time Azalea hears a song, she grabs my chin and lip and signs for me to sing. I really really do not want to sing any song from this movie. But sometimes I have to. For a movie in which music is banned, there are a lot of songs. But Azalea really likes it, and it is much better than any sequel I've seen. So I will give it a 6/10.