I don’t know if people still think this, but Hans is not coming back for revenge in Frozen 2. And here is why.
Reality of facts:
- In Cinderella’s sequels, Lady Tremaine tries to take revenge on the step-daughter;
- In The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, Morgana tries to avenge her sister Ursula;
- In Aladdin 2, Jafar tries to take revenge on the protagonists;
- In The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride, Zira tries to avenge Scar, involving Kovu;
- In Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, Ratcliffe tries to take revenge on Pocahontas;
- In 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure, Cruella de Vil tries to….. you know;
I’ve missed something???!!!!!
I think only that, if Hans will do the same thing…. You already know
what I think….. Who thinks this is completly stupid…..
main thing that makes me sure of my expectations for Hans, is that the
directors left voluntarily a lot of shadows around Hans. Really, a
- doesn’t explain the reason why he wants to be king, without even a hint, even random, during his betrayal scene;
shows a really interesting personality, with a lot of facets and
complexity, but not completly shown to the public, and this fact is
enhanced also by the symbolic act of taking off only one glove, a symbol
of secrets and of hidden personalities (really, if the directors hadn’t
wanted to make this movement, they could have let him remove both
- has a tragic past behind himself, revealed from who made the character;
- pratically isn’t this all kind of “serious villain” after all, paying for his crimes;
a character that has a particular considerations from the creators, in
other cases, all of this mistery and these shadows. It’s clear that
“the work isn’t finished”, and that something is behind the corner.
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea PC game from Disney Interactive… . I used to put so much time into this game, my god.
And maybe I did put it in the computer today to live through a little nostalgia, okay. It’s not my fault–my cousin wanted to watch The Little Mermaid on Friday and I watched it this morning since it was in the DVD player. Then my mom wanted to watch the sequel, and it led to this.
Ugh I loved the album thingie. Making the animated & voiced images was tons of fun as a kid.
5/5 stars for The Little Mermaid II: My own review!
This isn’t going to be a proper review, because I’m no top critic, nor am I very fond of using a variety of vocabulary words to spice up my opinions on movies, so this is just going to be me ranting about a Disney sequel.
I just re-watched The Little Mermaid II, a movie I haven’t seen in a while and one that once I had it in my possession, I watched it over and over and over until my first copy broke. This movie has always held a special place in my heart because I’ve always loved The Little Mermaid, have always wanted to be a mermaid, and have believed in mermaids my entire life. I think most girls dream of being a mermaid once they discover the magic of swimming underwater and feeling floaty and free, like Ariel.
Now, to begin, with this wonderful movie. I don’t think a lot of people give the movie credit because they see it as, “Oh, another Disney sequel. Yikes!” But this one has enough criteria to deem it a worthy one. I’m not biased either because I grew up with the movie, (because I used to like Lady and the Tramp II as a child, but absolutely hate it now…) but because even now, as a 21-year-old, I can sit through the movie, sing the songs, and feel enjoyment at seeing the bubbliness of Melody, Ariel’s sea-obsessed daughter, and still feel an attachment to Ariel and the story, even with new characters and new music. As the movie began, I felt a sense of familiarity as a seagull flew over the waves, and at once, I felt like I was a part of the story. In The Little Mermaid, the movie begins in the same light, with a seagull flying over the sea, bringing us to Eric’s ship. In the sequel, we are brought to Eric AND Ariel’s ship, and for some reason, this allows me to feel nostalgic for a moment and create a connection to familiarity. When I feel nostalgic, I get that very fuzzy feeling of childhood, creativity, and there’s automatically a sense of happiness and warmth. Any movie that can give me that feeling gets bonus points in my book. I know it shouldn’t “count” since it’s Disney (and I grew up with Disney), but some Disney movies now that I watched countless times as a little girl, as I mentioned earlier, don’t give me that connection now.
This movie began in a similar light to the first movie, and it automatically gave me those special feelings. I was instantly drawn in, and when I heard Ariel’s voice, I almost teared up. To have Jodi Benson back into her original role and SINGING once again was such a delight because she has such a beautiful voice, and she does an exquisite job playing Ariel. The sweet melody drew me in and gave me a feeling of excitement to be back in Ariel’s world! It was also exciting to see Eric and Ariel MARRIED and living together, a sense of resolution after the first movie. Even though they got married in the first one, we didn’t get to see them afterward, and it always made me ache for some sort of resolution as to where they lived, what happened, etc. So, in the sequel, we find out just that!
Going back into the idea of feeling “connections” to the first movie, a couple of scenes brought back many similarities to actions and dialogue from The Little Mermaid. One scene, for example, is when Melody and Ariel’s duet in “For A Moment” shows Melody swimming upward, just like her mother in “Part of Your World."
The way Disney incorporated this into the sequel gave me the impression that they were trying to preserve the original storyline, but also help us to love little Melody, Ariel’s daughter, and the new female protagonist of the sequel. She is bubbily, lovable, determined, and adventurous, just like her mother, and that enough draws us in, because she is so much like her mother. Who doesn’t love Ariel (and please don’t give me the argument, ‘She sold her voice for legs to get a man!’)? This scene not only makes me smile, but it also shows the similarities between Melody and her mother in body language, not just personality. Thanks, Disney!
And along with these connective moments, the story keeps all of the old characters we’ve grown to love, even among new ones. Though, they are older, they are still embedded into the story to help shape Melody’s own tale of growing up and gaining a sense of identity. Sebastian’s personality hasn’t seemed to change in the slightest, and even though he is predictable, it doesn’t make him any less lovable. We see more of Prince Eric and we also see Scuttle (clueless and hilarious as ever!), Carlotta, Grimsby, King Triton, Flounder, even Max. It was great to see the original characters with their same profiles as the first movie, again, even though they’re older. As for Ariel and Eric: a lot of people criticize them for being "cruel” to their daughter by keeping her from her roots in the sea, which I can understand, because I feel like they could have handled it differently. I know later in the movie, Ariel says something about if she could go back and do it over, she would, before Melody gives the triton to the evil Morgana, so she feels like she made a mistake. But maybe Disney wanted to show people that no parent is perfect? I do feel like if Ariel and Eric hadn’t put up the wall to protect Melody from the dangers of the sea (aka Morgana and her pals), then there would be no real storyline (duh!), and thus, no sequel. I guess it is something, though, that I am conflicted on.
But everything else I loved. The new characters, Tip and Dash, were very lovable and fun! The songs were remember-able; I sang along with every song, even now, and was taken aback by how well written the songs are. Even though Alan Menken didn’t play a part in the music, Danny Troob really brought out the exciting adventure of Melody’s journey into finding her roots through the music! With lyrics such as,“Titanic Tip and Daring Dash, adventurers slash explorers!” and “Down to the sea we go, down to a world I know!” in addition to the beautiful melodies in “For A Moment,” it’s hard not to feel a bit like a part of Ariel and Melody’s world.
I’m giving the movie five out of five stars. I recommend it for those who aren’t big on analyzing the shit out of Disney movies. I also recommend it for Little Mermaid fans, mermaid fans, and fans who love up-beat Disney music and cute characters, as well as just having a fun time watching a Disney sequel. Even though the story is similar to the first, but reversed, it’s still great in its own. Also, it looks like it would be a fun movie to watch drunk with your best friend and sing along with the songs!