Disney: The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea aka: The Little Mermaid II
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 2000 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 decides 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.(To see the character page go here).
Provides Examples Of:
Action Girl: Ariel shows a bit more of it than in the first film. Melody also.
Adult Fear: Ariel and Eric get this when Melody runs away and they are scared for her safety.
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.
Berserk Button: To put it simply, if you hurt his children then Triton will hurt you, especially if it's Ariel, due to how much she looks like Athena and reminds him of her. However, if you so much as touch his granddaughter he will utterly own you and make you pay for all eternity in a MAHOOSIVE block of ice.
Breakout Character: Melody. Fans may have not like the sequel, but they absolutely loved her.
Call Back: When Ariel's looking for Melody, she briefly encounters the very same spot where her grotto used to be and the very same places where the "Under the Sea" and "Part of Your World" songs took place.
Chromatic Arrangement: The 3 snooty kids had their own, signature colors: The skinny boy (green), the fat boy (blue), and the blonde girl (orange).
The 3 merteens each have different colored fins: The blonde (green), the brunette girl (pink), and the brunette, Asian boy (purple).
Could Have Avoided This Plot: The whole plot could have been avoided if Ariel just simply told Melody that Morgana would kill her if she were to explore the sea. Or if they were to just move inland, away from the ocean. Ariel does lampshade that she should have told Melody the truth.
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.
Easily Forgiven: Melody forgives the three kids who not only called her strange, but viciously laughed at her at her birthday party.
Forgotten First Meeting: Justified. When Melody meets her grandfather (Triton) after twelve years, she doesn't remember him, because she was only a baby when he had to leave. She did, however, get a feeling that he didn't seem like a bad guy.
Good Parents: Despite how they handled keeping Melody's true heritage, both there is no doubt that Eric and Ariel deeply love Melody, and raised her right.
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 (more like merboy) 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.
I Knew There Was Something About You: Ariel's daughter tells her new fish friends that she's really a human. One of them responds with: "I knew there was something un-fishy about you!"
Like Father, Like Daughter: After a near-death experience out in the open sea, Ariel decided to keep her daughter locked away and hide the knowledge of the mermaid world, like Triton did with her except from the human world.
Loophole Abuse: In their argument, Ariel finds out that Melody went over the wall. Melody retorts she went under it.
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.note 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.
Misplaced Wildlife: There aren't any polar bears in this movie, but the map Morgana gives Melody clearly shows that Morgana's hideout is north of Atlantica, so it must be in the Arctic. However, there are penguins living in the area.
Morgana: Ursula would've loved to have come, but something came up.. now what was it.. oh yes, you all SHISH KEBABBED HER!
Nice Guy: The blonde merboy Melody meet in Atlantica. When Melody accidentally bumps into him, he (at the same time as Melody), apologizes. He then greets her, politely asks her name, and even (along with his friends) invited her to hang out. He's too sweet.
Also, Ariel not telling Melody why she couldn't explore the sea is what sets the whole plot in motion.
No Name Given: We don't know the names of few (arguably) vital characters in the sequel:
Tip's main family, who are implied to also be Dash's adopted family.
The three snooty kids at Melody's birthday party.
The three merteens that Melody befriends.
Off Model: Ariel doesn't look the same in some scenes. The updated re-release solved this though. In the scene where Melody and Flounder are trapped beneath Morgana's ice trap, Flounder briefly looks exactly like he was in the first movie, whereas all the other scenes show him as bigger and fatter because he's an adult now. Several background characters from the first film appear here but with the wrong colors; for example,the snails that sing in the "Under the Sea" music number, and the tuba-playing fish (the one which says "yeah") appears too in the final song,but its colors are all mismatched.
Overprotective Dad: And mom, as Eric and Ariel don't tell Melody of Ariel's family, and forbid her to go into the sea.
Redhead In Green: One of the teens at Melody's birthday party is a redheaded girl wearing a green dress.
Remember the New Guy: "Ursula's crazy sister" Morgana is introduced as the Big Bad. Of course, she was never shown in the first movie, there wasn't even a clue to Ursula having a sister, and the old characters already know her.
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.
One of the sons of Flounder looks exactly like the younger Flounder. In fact, the boy looked so much like Flounder, that Ariel initially mistook him for Flounder.
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.
Took a Level in Kindness: The snooty kids who thought of Melody as very strange-the same trio who laughed viciously at her birthday party! They end up playing with Melody in the water at the end. Implying that Melody had forgiven them and the trio had made amends.
Two Guys and a Girl: An interspecies example: Melody (mer-human), Tip (penguin), and Dash (walrus).