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YMMV: The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
  • Contested Sequel: One of the most divisive Direct-to-Video sequels of Disney Animated Canon. The film is so controversial that it was actually singled out by John Lasseter and Ed Catmull (along with Cinderella 2) as an example of why Disney should not be making direct-to-video sequels, to justify their closure of the Disney sequels division in 2007.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Even with the film's Broken Base, Melody did get her share of fans.
    • Undertow, as well. It helps that he is voiced by Clancy Brown.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Neither the Disney company, nor the majority of fans recognize it as "canon". In fact, this movie is most often cited to illustrate the "Disney DTV sequels are animated fanfiction" argument.
  • Idiot Plot: The movie could have ended faster if Ariel had just told Melody why she couldn't go to the sea. Which is pointed out several times in the film and at the films climax.
  • Replacement Scrappy: For some fans Morgana for being a very blatant expy of Ursula and her Remember the New Guy's status in the movie.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Melody is voiced by Tara Strong!
    • Tip is voiced by Max Casella, who's most well known role is Daxter!
  • Sequelitis: This movie was viewed in this way for a portion of the fandom, especially in the first years after its premiere. Now it's mostly a Broken Base case.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: To date, Ariel is the only Disney Princess to become a mother. Sadly, further explorations of that premise seem to have died with this film.
  • The Woobie: Melody in the scenes before, during and after her birthday party.
  • What an Idiot: Ariel. Thanks for making Melody ignorant of her ancestral roots and putting her in mortal danger.

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