While direct-to-video sequels and "pre-quels" are usually problematic, the "prequel" to "THE LITTLE MERMAID," "ARIEL's BEGINNING," is a surprisingly fun release from DISNEY. The prequel begins with Ariel as a little girl, losing her mom, and having her dad, King Triton, banning music from the kingdom. Years later, Ariel ventures out and finds a club wherein music invigorates her and it's not hard to figure out where the sweet, innocent plot will lead. Music isn't up to the standards of the original film, but it's still decent, and the youngsters watching the film, were trying to sing along, so not a bad sign!
DISNEY has provided a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. Animation is less dazzling than in the original film, but still impressive, especially for a direct-to-dvd release. Colors are vibrant, and it's a slick image throughout.
DISNEY has provided both a DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Surrounds are effective when utilized, and the score is perfectly complimented through all speakers. Both mixes are great, but the DTS offers a slight edge due to better bass.
Deleted scenes and featurettes are offered among the extras!