The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning

Synopsis: The kingdom of Atlantica where music is forbidden, the youngest daughter of King Triton, named Ariel, discovers her love to an underground music club and sets off to a daring adventure to bring restoration of music back to Atlantica.
Director(s): Peggy Holmes
Production: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
77 min


[Sebastian] The world above

is a wonderful place.

But everyone knows

the true magic lies...

... under the sea,

where the water is clear,

the fish swim free,

and the mer-people live

in the beautiful kingdom of Atlantica.


[Sebastian] King Triton ruled the seas

with a fair hand...

- Yoo-hoo!

- You're very kind.

- [cooing]

- ... and an open heart.

Ariel! Oh!

- [clears throat]

- [gasps]

[blows deep note]


[Sebastian chuckles] Oh, mon.

No one loved music more than

Triton's beloved queen, Athena.

She and their seven

darling princesses

filled his life with joy and song.

# Oh, the waves roll low

# And the waves roll high

- # And so it goes

- Oh! [chuckling]

# Under a bright blue

# Endless sky

# Waves try to measure

# The days that we treasure

# Wave hello

# And wave goodbye #

Good night, girls.

[Sebastian] Ah, yes,

the king loved his queen,

and he took every opportunity

to show her.

[playing Athena's Song]

#... endless sky #

Our song.

Our song.

[Sebastian] Oh, mon!

It was a magical time!

The pure joy of song

filled life in Atlantica.

[playing shell]

[all harmonizing]


[all giggling]

- Shh.

- [laughs]

- [all gasp]

- [sighs]

[all exclaim, laugh]

[Sebastian] But even the brightest days

can be darkened by an unseen tempest.

- [rumbling]

- [gasping]


[all exclaiming]

[gasps, grunting]


[Sebastian] Somewhere in the chaos,

Queen Athena was lost to us.



[softly plays Athena's Song]

[Sebastian] Each note

of that lovely melody

seemed to deepen the king's anguish.

He couldn't bear to hear it.


[Sebastian] From that moment on,

the king's heart stayed dark.

And music was banned from Atlantica...

[whispers]... forever.

Ten years later,

Atlantica looked the same.

But I can't say that about...


[both squeaking]


- Uppy-uppy, my darlings.

- It's us.

[girls groan]

[groans] Governess!

- Hey!

- Rise and shine.

- Why so early?

- Mustn't be late.

But it's still dark out.


- Oh. Hi.

- Wakey-wakey.

- Oh, I was dreaming about a boy.

- Yes. Come on, girls.

- But I need my beauty sleep.

- Tell me about it.

Easy for you.

No one cares what you look...

- Move it.

- I think you're lovely.

Can't we meet Father later?

I don't get to make

those kinds of decisions. [laughs]

Any decisions, really.


- Get up!

- [all gasp]

- OK, we heard you.

- We're going as fast as we can.

All right, all right, all right.

Move your tails.

This is our special time

with your father.


It's the same every morning.

- She's got a point.

- That's what your father cares about.


presentation, punctuality.

- That's all Dad cares about.

- She's got a point.

- You've got your own mirror!

- Two minutes.

Stop primping!

- Anyway, I told her, she used to...

- Come on, Ariel.

Why can't he let us do

something different? Just once.

Give him a break.

He's the king, remember?

- You try running a kingdom.

- I wouldn't run it like this.

Don't upset him, Ariel.

Just because you're the oldest, Attina,

- doesn't mean you can boss us around.

- Yes, it does.

Benjamin, if we're late again,

I'll never get a promotion.

- Marina...

- [Attina] Come on, girls.

Not that I want a promotion.

No, no, no, I love this job.

Looking after you is what I live for.


- I hate this job!

- The less said the better.

- [whinnying]

- [panting]

Whoa! Whoa!

- Good morning, Your Highness.

- [Triton] Sebastian.

- Oh! [chuckles]

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Robert Reece

Robert Reece (2 May 1838 – 8 July 1891) was a British comic playwright and librettist active in the Victorian era. He wrote many successful musical burlesques, comic operas, farces and adaptations from the French, including the English-language adaptation of the operetta Les cloches de Corneville, which became the longest-running piece of musical theatre in history up to that time. He sometimes collaborated with Henry Brougham Farnie or others. more…

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