YMMV / The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

  • 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.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Ursula's crazy sister!"
  • 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 or Once Upon a Time— 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 '10s. Still a Broken Base, but the love is getting stronger.
  • What An Idiot: 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. You can also count the other characters, due to them not even objecting to this 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. Her parents (especially her mother) forbade her from going into the sea without an exact reason. And because of her mermaid heritage which allows to do thing like speak to marine life, many of her peers thinks she weird and this leads to her being publicly humiliated at her 12th birthday party, leaving in tears. Gets into an argument with her mother about the locket and why she can't go out to sea and then runs away. She's tricked by Morgana into stealing from her own grandfather and is trapped in a block of ice until the spell keeping her as a mermaid wears off, which nearly drowned her. This girl needs a hug.