Return to the Sea [Special Edition]

Direct-to-video is the absolute kiss of death.  At least, that’s what I used to think.  Any time a series or a sequel goes straight to video and doesn’t even bother with trying to attract a studio audience, that’s usually a sign that few things are perfect in paradise.  My favorite exception is that third cheerleader movie that has Hayden Panettiere in it and solely because she is in it.   Yet now I find that there is a movie which is truly good and it’s newly available on DVD once again.

Starting this December 16th, now available on DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment comes the next chapter of everyone’s favorite story about life under the sea.  The Little Mermaid II – Return To The Sea – Special Edition is ready to come swimming out of your television screen and splash around with a whole world of fun.  Bring home this fantastic next chapter today!

Ariel and Price Eric are happily married and have a young daughter, Melody.  Ursula is gone, but her sister Morgana is beginning to threaten Melody.  Eric and Ariel decide not to tell Melody about her true roots as being half-mermaid, but Melody begins hanging out in the ocean with Sebastian and Scuttle.  Without even knowing it, Melody becomes a playing piece in a deadly game Morgana is playing and it’s up to Ariel to help her out and take to the ocean again.

The special features included in this special edition DVD are almost too many to mention, so I will give a quick run-down of what I view to be the best.  There is a Little Mermaid II Underwater Challenge Game, the Little Mermaid II DVD Storybook narrated by Jodi Benson – the voice of Ariel, a sea creature guessing game, a brand new song and so much more you wouldn’t believe me.

This was a delightful movie that I enjoyed almost as much as the original.  It was a special treat because they managed to retain the original voice casting so that the film kept that continuity as well.  It’s never fun to watch a movie that has the same characters as a previous film, yet all the voices are different.  This is a charming story with wonderful songs and just the right amount of comic relief.  If you liked the first movie, you’ll love this one.  I strongly recommend it to parents.

Return to this delightful tale once again!

This special edition DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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