YMMV / The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

  • Cliché Storm: Rebellious human daughter flees overprotective parent, makes deal with evil sea witch to become a mermaid, then that backfires as the bad guy nearly takes over the kingdom. In other words, the plot of the first movie, now flipped!
  • Contested Sequel: One of the most divisive Direct-to-Video sequels of Disney Animated Canon.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Undertow. It helps that he is voiced by Clancy Brown.
  • Fan Fic Fuel: Some fans just love to write fan fiction to justify Morgana's Remember the New Guy status.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Idiot Plot: The movie could have ended faster if Ariel had just told Melody why she couldn't go to the sea. While it's pointed out several times in the film, it's after the consequences of it, making at best Better Than a Bare Bulb. Keeping her ignorant of her marine heritage wasn't exactly a smart move either since that ignorance is what sets the second half of the plot in motion.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Morgana either crossed it when she held a baby Melody over Undertow with the intention of letting him devour her or when she gloatingly left a teenage Melody to drown in an underwater cave, mockingly telling her that "her time as a mermaid has just about expired". In both cases, it shows that she's not above killing children.
  • Replacement Scrappy: For some fans Morgana for being a very blatant Suspiciously Similar Substitute of Ursula and her Remember the New Guy's status in the movie. In fact, others believe that the only reason Morgana was created is that Pat Carroll wanted to return for the sequel despite Ursula being long dead.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Melody is voiced by Tara Strong!
    • Tip is voiced by Max Casella, whose 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 —and not counting Descendants— Ariel is the only Disney Princess to become a mother. Sadly, further explorations of that premise seem to have died with this film.
  • Vindicated by History: Poorly received by fans and critics at first, but is now getting a following of its own by the middle of The New Tens. Still a Broken Base, but the love is getting stronger.
  • What an Idiot: Ariel. Even with the reason of being concerned for Melody's safety, you really have to wonder what made Ariel jump to the conclusion that keeping her daughter confined and entirely ignorant of her ancestral roots was the best idea. Ariel of all people should know better, seeing as her own father attempted the same thing with trying to keep her away from land.
  • The Woobie: Melody in the scenes before, during and after her birthday party.