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Ten years ago, a mermaid dreamed of life on the land. Now, her daughter dreams of the sea.

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea is the 2000 Direct to Video sequel to the Disney Animated Canon hit The Little Mermaid. It was directed by Jim Kammerud, with the screenplay by Elizabeth Anderson and Temple Matthews. The film was released on September 19, 2000.

Melody (Tara Strong), the newborn daughter of Ariel (Jodi Benson) and Prince Eric (Rob Paulsen), is presented to her grandfather, King Triton (Kenneth Mars). However, Ursula's sister, Morgana (Pat Carroll), tries taking Melody and using 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.

Twelve years later, Melody 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.

The film's voice cast also includes Samuel E. Wright as Sebastian, Buddy Hackett (in his final film appearance) as Scuttle, Cam Clarke as Flounder, Max Casella as Tip, Stephen Furst as Dash, Clancy Brown as Undertow, René Auberjonois as Chef Louis, Kay E. Kuter as Grimsby and Edie McClurg as Carlotta.

Followed in production order by The Little Mermaid III: Ariel's Beginning.

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea provides examples of:

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  • Action Girl: Ariel shows a bit more of it than in the first film. Melody also.
  • Actor Allusion: Tip's being a Timon Expy is even more blatant when one remembers that his voice actor, Max Casella, played Timon in the Broadway adaptation of The Lion King.
  • An Aesop:
    • Hiding the truth from your loved ones will just make things worse.
    • Be Yourself. Don't change yourself to gain acceptance.
  • The Alliance: Atlantica and the human kingdom of Prince Eric are this.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: "Someone" by Eiko Matsumoto is the theme song for the Japanese version.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Like her sister, Morgana wants to rule the ocean and is also obsessed with being better than Ursula.
  • 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. Also, her last spoken line is "Mommy?".
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After tricking Melody into stealing Triton's trident, Morgana asks her "Is being a mermaid everything you dreamed? Was it worth it?"
  • Avenging the Villain: Subverted. At first it seems like Morgana wants to avenge her sister Ursula, but it's later revealed that they didn't like each other, and Morgana simply wants to succeed where Ursula failed.
  • Ax-Crazy: It's worth noting that between her and Ursula, Morgana is considered the crazy one.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Triton takes on a look of apoplectic fury when Melody is put in danger, then he launches a bolt of lightning and freezes Morgana into ice. If you value your life, things you do not do include harming any of his family.
    • Ariel, for her part, uses a goddamn sword to bring down the rigging of a ship onto Morgana to save her child.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Ariel and Eric kiss each other at the end.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Ariel yells "No!" shortly before Melody gives the trident to Morgana.
    • Melody shouts this when her mermaid transformation wears off while she is still underwater. Notably the last thing she says before losing the ability to talk underwater and beginning to drown.
    • Morgana yells "No!" when Melody gives the trident back to Triton.
  • Birthday Party Goes Wrong: Melody's birthday disaster in the ballroom, which is initiated thanks to Sebastian getting stuck in her belt.
  • Book Ends: The film's opening and ending songs ends with King Triton using his trident to create a rainbow.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The party guests who ridicule Melody as her birthday party collapses thanks to Sebastian. At best, that's no way to curry favor with royalty, especially with her parents watching. At worst, she could order them to be thrown in the castle dungeons—or worse. Luckily for them, she's nice enough not to do such a thing.
  • Call-Back:
    • Morgana calls Ursula "poor and unfortunate," a reference to the latter's song in the first movie.
    • Sebastian laments having to watch over Melody for Triton, just like what he did to Ariel in The Little Mermaid.
    • In the first film, Triton lectures Ariel for deliberately disobeying him after discovering her visit to the surface. In this film, Ariel does the exact same thing to Melody after discovering the latter's visit to the sea.
    • Melody making a deal with a sea witch after Ariel caused her to run away harkens back to when Triton unwittingly caused Ariel to make her own deal with the sea witch's sister.
    • Melody throws her head back in the same fashion as her mother when she reaches the surface.
    • When Ariel's looking for Melody, she briefly encounters the very same spot where her grotto (very likely rebuilt by Triton) used to be and the very same places where the "Under the Sea" and "Part of Your World" songs took place, as well as the sunken ship where she and Flounder got chased by Glut.
    • A lot of shots of Melody swimming are pretty much exactly the same as Ariel in the first movie. The scene when Melody turns back into a human is also reminiscent of the first film. If compared to Ariel becoming a human side by side, they are exactly the same.
  • The Cameo: Many background characters from the first movie show up.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Melody is referred to as the first "child born of sea and shore."
  • Chromatic Arrangement:
    • The three snooty kids had their own, signature colors: the skinny boy (green), the fat boy (blue), and the blonde girl (orange).
    • Alex and his two merteen friends each have different colored fins: Alex (green), the brunette girl (pink), and the Asian boy (purple).
  • Contrived Coincidence: Ariel vows no one tell Melody about her underwater heritage; at the same time, Melody stares at the ocean and begins sneaking out of the castle to go swimming through the years, and she doesn't tell her parents about that.
  • "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.
  • Counterpoint Duet: Melody and Ariel sing such a song, "For a Moment".
  • Cover Version: Chely Wright's rendition of "Part of Your World" plays over the first half of the ending credits.
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • The baby penguin who Tip and Dash try to save.
    • Lampshaded by Dash in regards to Melody.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Morgana uses starfish to hit a picture of Ursula out of resentment.
  • Deal with the Devil: Melody makes a deal with Morgana to use one of Ursula's magic potions and become a mermaid. It doesn't work out so well.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Eric builds a huge wall to separate the castle from the ocean to protect Melody; however, neither he nor Ariel thought of making something hard to get past under the water; as Melody manages to maneuver the iron pipes to swim right through and sneak out.
  • Disney Villain Death: Many take Morgana's fate as this, as after being frozen, she falls into the ocean and sinks to the ocean depths, never to be seen again, with her picture of Ursula falling after her.
  • Distant Prologue: Return to the Sea begins with Melody's birth. The main plot takes place twelve years later.
  • Dramatic Irony
    • In Ariel's reprimand for Melody going into the sea despite it being forbidden for her, she states that the sea is dangerous. Melody, in anger at the comment, shouts that Ariel couldn't know that since she's never been in it.
    • Her frustration over being left in the dark leads Melody to run away the very night her parents decided she was old enough to be told the whole story.
  • Easily Forgiven: Melody forgives the three kids who ridiculed her at her birthday party and Ariel for lying to her.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: During the twelve-year Time Skip, Morgana and her minions hide out in an ice fortress up north. When she gets the trident, she uses it to create massive spires and structures out of ice, in an apparent mockery of Atlantica.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Morgana.
  • Fade Around the Eyes: Morgana does this when Melody starts her quest for Atlantica. Maybe being dramatic runs in the family.
  • Fantastic Racism: The humans have a low opinion of the merfolk, in contrast to the merfolk and sea life in the first movie towards humans.
    • The three snooty kids are blatantly racist towards merfolk and sea life. They can be interpreted as getting over it in the ending.
    • Morgana, Undertow, Cloak and Dagger seem to be a case of Hates Everyone Equally. They don't enjoy each other's company very much either.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Apparently, Melody, Ariel, Eric, or anyone else at the party didn't even notice Sebastian stuck to Melody's dress sash; by the time he ends up pinching the finger of the handsome boy Melody dances with, it's too late.
  • Fearless Infant: Baby Melody laughs and giggles for all of her screen time, including when she is held hostage by Morgana and threatened to be fed to Undertow.
  • Feminine Mother, Tomboyish Daughter: Ariel, who used to be a Tomboy Princess as a teenager, is here a proper queen who often gets worried about her rambunctious and tomboyish daughter Melody.
  • 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.
  • For Want of a Nail: If Ariel had just told Melody the truth after the latter discovered her locket on her 12th birthday, Melody wouldn't have ran off to make a deal with Morgana to become a mermaid, Melody wouldn't have given Morgana Triton's trident to spite Ariel, and Atlantica wouldn't have been doomed.
  • The Freelance Shame Squad: Exaggerated at Melody's twelfth birthday party, where all the guests laugh at her, reducing her to tears.
  • Furry Confusion: During Dash and Tip's song, a realistically-drawn crab appears, as opposed to a cartoony one like Sebastian.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Ariel's come quite a long way from her curiosity/teen rebel phase, to the point where her own daughter has superseded her when it comes to the Tomboy Princess trope.
  • Good Parents: Despite how they handled keeping Melody's true heritage, there is no doubt that Eric and Ariel deeply love Melody and raised her right.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Ariel's dress for Melody's party has a purple color.
  • Happily Married: Ariel and Eric. This movie shows that they have a stable and loving marriage, despite any dangers they face.
  • History Repeats: The movie's conflict happens when Melody's parents decide she can't know anything about the sea—just like King Triton wouldn't let Ariel go onto land. In both cases, the child finds out about it anyway, and hiding it did no good.
  • Identical Stranger: Melody dances with a young man who is creeped out by her when he sees her talking to Sebastian. Later, she meets a merboy named Alex, who looks just like him in Atlantica and runs off just after meeting him.
  • I Knew There Was Something About You: Melody tells her new fish friends that she's really a human. Tip responds with: "I knew there was something un-fishy about you!"
  • Inconsistent Coloring: 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 did in the first movie, whereas all the other scenes show him as bigger and fatter since 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") appear in the final song, but their colors are all mismatched.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Most of the merfolk females and some of the human females are this. Ariel and Melody are this as well.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Melody has close friendships with her mother's friends: Scuttle, Sebastian, and Flounder.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • It's pretty clear that Melody and Alex, the merboy she meets in Atlantica, have feelings for each other.
    • The failed one she was developing with the blond human prince.
  • Intimate Hair Brushing: Ariel and Melody have a heart-to-heart while Ariel is brushing Melody's hair before her birthday party.
  • Invisible Parents: Who the mother of Flounder's children is remains a mystery, as she never makes an appearance and is never brought up by Flounder.
  • Kill It with Ice: Once King Triton regains his trident, Morgana is frozen in ice and sunk to the depths of the ocean.
  • Kneel Before Zod: During the climax, Morgana forces all Sea Folk present to bow before her, including Ariel and Triton.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: 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.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Morgana's entire ice fortress shatters and collapses upon her defeat.
  • 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 they reappear when she regains legs.
  • Mama Bear: Ariel uses a goddamn sword to bring down the rigging of a ship onto Morgana to save her child and then, when Melody runs away, scours the entire goddamn ocean to find her.
  • Maybe Ever After: Melody meets up with Alex again at the ending, and his mutually awkward, loving smile implies he is attracted to her.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The protagonist, Melody, is seen as a newborn infant in the first few minutes of the movie before the twelve-year Time Skip.
  • Misplaced Vegetation: The film features a massive tropical coral reef beneath a friggin polar ice sheet.note  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 the sea witch's hideout is north of Atlantica, so it must be in the Arctic. However, there are penguins living in the area; penguins are only found in the southern hemisphere of the world. Also, the hammerhead shark and barracuda shouldn't exist in polar waters.
  • Missed Him by That Much: During the search for Melody, Ariel and Flounder make a move on away from Atlantica to find Melody who arrives at where they left shortly after. King Triton and Ariel also return back to the throne room just after Melody left.
  • Missing Mom: The wife of Flounder and mother of their guppies doesn't make an appearance.
  • Mood Dissonance: Baby Melody somehow smiling and giggling all while Morgana is holding her hostage.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Melody realizes what she's done after Morgana, holding the trident, reveals her true evil nature and takes her mother hostage and imprisons her in an ice cave. Given to the fact that she let her anger against Ariel driving her to hand over the trident to Morgana, Melody holds herself responsible for dooming her family.
    • Ariel gets this when she realizes that Melody had run away from her without even learning about her heritage. Made even worse when Melody finally learns about the truth and confronts Ariel for lying to her before handing over the trident to Morgana, which made Ariel even more guilty than ever. She eventually apologizes to Melody for this following Morgana's defeat in the end.
  • Never Say "Die": Keeping in tone with the usual Lighter and Softer treatment of Disney sequels, though it was done in a fairly decent way.
    Morgana: Ursula would've loved to have come, but something came up.. now what was it.. oh yes, you all SHISH-KEBABBED HER!
  • Never Trust a Trailer: In the original trailer, the scene of Melody becoming a mermaid actually consisted of reversed animation of her changing back into a human.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: While Melody did make the mistake of letting the Obviously Evil sea witch talk her into stealing Triton's trident, it is Ariel's own decision to keep Melody's entire heritage a secret from her for her whole life that prompts her daughter to run away out of spite and in turn take Morgana's word over her mother's. When Ariel finally reveals her true mermaid self to Melody, it is the last straw for Melody, and she angrily gives Morgana the trident before realizing the severity of her mistake. If not for Ariel's shortsighted decision, everyone might've been spared a lot of trouble.
  • No Man of Woman Born: Morgana's taunt: "The end begins for all of you with fins!" Melody, having legs, is exempt and this leads to Morgana’s defeat.
  • No Name Given: We don't know the names of a few (arguably) vital characters:
    • Tip's main family, who are implied to also be Dash's adopted family.
    • The three snooty kids at Melody's birthday party.
    • Flounder's children.
    • The two other merteens, not including Alex, that Melody befriends.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Old: Ariel, Eric, Grimsby, Carlota, Louis and the other castle folk don't age one bit between the 12-year Time Skip.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Ariel, Eric, Triton and their friends at the start when Morgana captures the newborn Melody.
    • Ariel, when she realizes that Melody has found her locket in the ocean.
    • Sebastian, upon realizing that Melody is going to run off into the sea.
    • Ariel, Triton, Flounder, and Sebastian have a Mass "Oh, Crap!" moment when Melody steals Triton's trident.
    • Ariel and Melody, when the latter realizes that she has doomed themselves and Atlantica to Morgana's wrath.
    • Sebastian screams in shock the moment Morgana returns Undertow to his original size.
    • Melody panics when she realizes that she is about to be transformed back into a human.
    • Morgana when Melody stabs her tentacle with the trident, coupled with a Big "NO!" when Melody returns the trident to Triton. Then again seconds later when Triton freezes Morgana into a block of ice.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Eric was ready and willing to take on Morgana with a sword when he learned she had something to do with Melody's disappearance.
    • Want to make Triton angry? If so, hurt Ariel. Then, he'll utterly own you. If you want to really piss him off, hurt his granddaughter. Then, he will utterly own you and make you pay for all eternity in a MAHOOSIVE block of ice.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Ariel has a white and gold dress at the beginning of the film. She and Melody wear similar dresses for Melody's birthday, except Ariel's is purple and Melody's is pink.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Melody is never told why she's not to go beyond the seawall. This becomes extremely problematic once Melody finds her grandfather's gift to her.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Triton yells "Never again will you or yours threaten my family! There will be no escape for you... ever!" as he freezes Morgana in a block of ice.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Melody's party dress is pink.
  • Race Against the Clock: Melody faces this dilemma. She made a deal with the devil with Morgana. While Melody was able to become a mermaid with Morgana’s magic, it would have only been temporary. This is why Morgana instructed Melody to find King Triton’s trident and give it to her before Morgana’s magic wore off and Melody would turn back into a human.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After obtaining the trident, Morgana reveals she tricked Melody into stealing from Triton and giving it to her and calls her out for being so desperate for her dream that she let herself fall victim to her Evil Plan, and not listening to her mother when she tried to warn her.
  • Red Filter of Doom: At Melody's birthday party, when she looks around and the camera swivels in a wide circle to show everyone laughing at her.
  • 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.
  • Retcon: At one point in mermaid form, Ariel sings in her grotto—which Triton destroyed in the first movie. However, it's possible he fixed it up as a token of apology.
  • A Rotten Time to Revert: After tricking Melody into handing over her grandfather's trident, Morgana seals her in an underwater cave blocked by a thick layer of ice, while warning her that her temporary transformation into a mermaid is just about to wear off, leaving her to drown. She almost does, but Tip and Dash are able to save her.
  • Safety Worst: Melody almost getting killed by Morgana and Undertow as a baby makes Ariel and Eric decide that they should hide Melody's mermaid ancestry from her completely and forbid her from swimming in the sea, even building a giant wall between the palace and the ocean. They had a right to be worried about her exploring the ocean unsupervised, but cutting it off completely just needlessly gave Melody trust issues and made her more susceptible to getting tricked by Morgana with her lack of knowledge on Atlantica.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Sebastian does this thrice when he gets thrown from Melody's belt in her party, when he reports to Ariel that Melody ran away and when he encounters something terrifying under the sea.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: After regaining his trident, Triton ultimately gets rid of Morgana by encasing her within a big block of ice that promptly sinks into the dark, frigid arctic waters. She's completely conscious and aware of everything happening around her. Yep, don't mess with Triton.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • In the opening sequence, Morgana uses her ink the same way real octopi do-as a Smoke Out.
    • The harp seal family whom Melody briefly encounters are correctly colored. The mother has a grey coat with dark spots, while her cubs are all white.
  • Silence is Golden: The only dialogue exchanged during the scene where Melody discovers her locket in the ocean are Sebastian's grumbling, and a fish saying "Hi, Melody." This is justified, as Melody cannot talk when underwater, but once she becomes a mermaid, she can.
  • Sinister Stingrays: Ursula's sister Morgana has two stingray minions named Cloak and Dagger who each sport a Slasher Smile.
  • Sinister Suffocation: The Big Bad reveals her true nature by trapping Melody in an underwater cave. To further distress the young girl, she mockingly says that the spell that turned the heroine into a mermaid is about to wear off and she is doomed to drown.
  • Stock Scream: A Wilhelm scream can be heard when Morgana uses Triton's trident to sink Eric's ship.
  • 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 same eyes.
    • One of Flounder's sons looks exactly like the younger Flounder. In fact, the guppy looked so much like Flounder, Ariel initially mistook him for Flounder.
  • Take a Third Option: At the end of the film, King Triton offers Melody a choice to either live with him in Atlantica as a mermaid, or stay human and live with her family. She chooses neither. Instead, she uses his trident to dissolve the castle's seawall so both humans and merfolk can live together, with her presumably getting to spend her teenage years switching between human and mermaid form.
  • Tentacle Rope: Morgana grabs and holds Ariel using her tentacles.
  • Terrible Trio: Morgana's henchmen: Undertow, Cloak, and Dagger.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: In the first half of the film, Undertow laments "This is gonna hurt." shortly before he's subjected to Morgana's experiments to try and restore his normal size.
  • Those Two Guys: Tip and Dash, a walrus and a penguin provide a couple of comedic shenanigans in the film.
  • Time Skip: The film opens with Melody's birth and then skips ahead twelve years.
  • Token Trio: The merteens Melody meets in Atlantica: Alex is Ambiguously Brown, the brown-haired brunette mergirl is white, and the black-haired merboy is Asian.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Flounder. In the first film, he was terrified of everything, but in this film, he refuses point blank to leave Ariel and tells her that "wild seahorses couldn't keep [him] away" when she asks for his help. He even gets himself into a head-match with Undertow by calling him up a pipsqueak, refusing to either back down or run away despite Undertow's threats.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The snooty kids who marginalize Melody end up playing with Melody in the water at the end. This implies Melody forgave them, and the trio made amends.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Like her mother before her, Melody's impatience and unwillingness to listen to Ariel's advice cause her to make a Deal with the Devil with Morgana and almost doom the kingdom.
  • Transformation Exhilaration: Both Ariel and Melody turn into mermaids in a calm, pleasant manner. Melody is particularly excited, since she has dreamed of being a mermaid for a long time, but even Ariel, who is worried about her lost daughter, smiles as she becomes a mermaid again.
  • Triumphant Reprise: Near the end, when Melody removes the wall between land and sea, a triumphant version of "Part of Your World" plays in instrumental briefly.
  • Two Guys and a Girl:
    • An interspecies example: Melody (mer-human), Tip (penguin), and Dash (walrus).
    • The snooty kids at Melody's birthday party.
    • Alex and the other two merteens that Melody befriended.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Sebastian getting stuck in Melody's belt is what leads to her getting humiliated on her birthday.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Melody becomes one to Morgana, who was intending to use her to get King Triton's trident and rule the seas.
  • Updated Re-release: The Special Edition DVD tweaks a few scenes to make Ariel look less Off-Model.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show:
    • Morgana tries to feed a baby to a shark.
    • She was also willing to commit slavery and genocide against both the merfolk and humans in order to get her own way.
  • Villainous Face Hold: Morgana has Ariel caught in one of her tentacles and grabs her jaw to make her look at her in order to mock Melody.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Undertow can be surprisingly insightful. He tells Morgana that she cannot keep trying to blame Ursula for her own failures, and he asks Melody what kind of friends Tip and Dash are if they would abandon her at the first sign of danger.
    • Towards the end of the film, Morgana notes that it was wrong for Ariel to cover up the truth about her heritage, since it caused Melody to make a Deal with the Devil with Morgana and ultimately doom Atlantica.
  • The Voiceless:
    • Morgana's henchmen, Cloak and Dagger, don't speak. However, they do cackle.
    • The short, fat snooty kid at Melody's birthday party also has no lines.
  • Warm-Hearted Walrus: Dash the walrus is a kind-hearted simpleton, pretty much the sea mammal version of Pumbaa.
  • Water Is Air: It appears that Tip and Dash can breathe underwater. Though they often do spend a great deal of time underwater, penguins and walruses cannot breathe in it and need to surface regularly to do so.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Just like her father, Ariel's motives were to protect her daughter.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Melody calls out Ariel after learning that the latter was a mermaid and covered it up (along with the existence of Atlantica) from her, which made Ariel extremely guilty.
  • You Are Too Late: Melody gives this to Ariel after learning that she covered up her heritage as a mermaid and the existence of Atlantica from her, driving her to give the trident to Morgana to spite Ariel for this. She later regrets it though.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Melody's protection also meant Ariel would be unable to visit Atlantica again, not without the risk of revealing her true origins.
  • "You!" Exclamation:
    • Chef Louis to Sebastian, who follows up with a squeak of "You!" when the former recognizes him.
    • Morgana also does one to Melody when Melody sneaks up on the sea witch and takes the trident back.
  • Youthful Freckles:
    • One of Flounder's kids has freckles.
    • The fat, short kid of the snooty kid trio also has freckles.


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