Less successful, on a multitude of levels, is the recent reissue of one of Disney’s earliest direct to video efforts, The Little Mermaid II: Return To The Sea: Special Edition, a film that certainly didn’t help the “cheapquel” accusations towards the television unit that was churning product like this out at the time. As such, I’ve managed to avoid it until now, but finally catching up with it I actually found it to be less a travesty than last year’s third film, Ariel’s Beginning, which was supposed to be some kind of apology for Return To The Sea but was, in retrospect, even worse. There are a couple of nice touches here, and this is the lesser of two evils, though both are non-essential forgettable outings, but those who feel they must have II will at least find some joy in the deleted song moment that’s been added to this “special edition”.
More soon, including a look at Disney’s first Chinese co-production The Secret Of The Magic Gourd, so stay tooned! — Ben.