Ten years ago, a mermaid dreamed of life on the land. Now, her daughter dreams of the sea. Get ready for a story unlike any other.
A Direct-to-Videosequel to the Disney Animated Canon hit The Little Mermaid, this film is about Ariel and Eric's daughter and her wish to become a mermaid.The film begins with a newborn Melody being presented to her grandfather, King Triton. "Ursula's crazy sister", Morgana, shows up, trying to take Melody and use her as a hostage to gain Triton's power. Ariel decided to hide Melody from her mermaid past to prevent her making the same mistake she did.Melody soon finds evidence of her seaborne ancestry, and decides to go find out about it, thus playing into Morgana's plans, and forcing Ariel to become a mermaid again to save her daughter.
Provides Examples Of:
Absurdly Youthful Mother: Ariel looks almost identical since the first film - barely a bit older, at most- and could be mistaken as the older sister of her daughter Melody.
Action Girl: Ariel shows a bit more of it than in the first film.
And I Must Scream: This seems to be Morgana's fate, as she is trapped in a block of ice. Her eyes can move, but her body can't. She also is last seen with the line "Mommy?" spoken.
Arc Words: Don't you dare try a drinking game for every time they say "sea", "fins", or "feet". Within half an hour, you will think you're under the sea too.
Bare Your Midriff: Melody in to a lesser extent than her mother. Her full clothes do cover her midriff, but after she becomes a mermaid her shirt turns out to be to short to conceal it without her pants.
Canon Discontinuity: Like most of Disney's direct-to-video sequels, this sequel is not considered canon by the Walt Disney Company.
Dartboard of Hate: Morgana does this with a picture of Ursula using starfish instead of darts.
Does Not Like Shoes: Melody strongly prefers going barefoot, only wearing shoes during one scene (where she's pretty much forced to).
More subtly, Ariel herself shows signs of this. When no one is looking, she slips off her shoes and dips her feet into a pond. Later she goes barefoot in the final scene even though the plot doesn't require it. Melody inherited yet another trait from her mother, it seems.
Foot Focus: Ariel has a closeup of her stepping out of her shoes and walking barefoot into the water.
Melody's bare feet also often gets closeups, such as when Morgana pours a drop of potion onto them, or when she realizes that she can run to Morgana's ice fortress when the mermen can't reach it through swimming.
Identical Stranger: Melody dances with a young man at the ball, who is creeped out by her when he sees her talking to Sebastian. Later she meets a merman who looks just like him at Atlantica, and runs off just after meeting him. It's never made clear if they just happen to look the same, or if he's also a merman and was just pretending to not recognize her.
Magic Pants: Melody's pants disappear when her legs are replaced with a tail, but reappear when she regains legs. Perhaps it could justified by magic, but one wonders then why Ariel emerged half-naked during her leg-gaining.
Misplaced Vegetation: The film features a massive tropical coral reef beneath friggin polar ice sheet.*
While coral reefs aren't vegetation per se (they are mostly animals), they would still count as they feature as the dominant underwater terrain.
Actual polar marine ecosystems can sometimes appear quite lush, but definitely not tropical coral reefs with colorful fish. That's a pinch from the movie's big geography mess-up. Wait... complete with ice-hating giant clams.
Recycled Script: It's pretty much the first movie only told in reverse. It even has a similar villain for crying out loud.
Remember the New Guy: What, you didn't know Ursula had a sister? Her introduction, with Sebastian simply saying "Ursula's crazy sister!", is right out of a bad fanfic.
Strong Family Resemblance: Melody combines her parents features, such as having her mother's face and hair shape, but her father's eyebrows and hair color. She and her mom also have the same nose and similar ears, as well as the same mouth and the same eyes.
Take a Third Option: At the end of the film, King Trident offers Melody a choice to either live with him and Atlantica as a mermaid, or stay human and live with her family. She chooses neither: instead using his trident to dissolve the castle's seawall so both humans and merfolk can live together.