DTV Hell Special: Little Mermaid 3 and “Midnight Hell”

Hey, I have a pair of videos for you all today.  First, my Midnight Release review of “30 Minutes or Less” with Zen’s more thorough review of “Final Destination 5” in 3D!

Next up, my newest DTV Hell review of Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning.  And this time, it’s not a Disney Sequel, it’s a prequel!  But, it sucks all the same.

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Update: Roman hates me. Or, maybe Pinnacle does…

The Roman review will, come hell or high water, be finished by the end of Sunday. I’ve had some real problems getting the footage and audio to sync properly after the first segment of the movie, so I’ve been sitting on a half-done review for a couple days. However, the next two reviews have already been written (first drafts, anyway), so they should be coming faster. Thanks to everyone who has been coming by and watching/reading these reviews. Here’s what’s coming up: Continue reading

DTV Hell: The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (text review)

Another week, another bad Disney sequel. But, on the bright side, I’ve moved into my new apartment, so hopefully I can figure out some way to get access to more bad direct to video movies, though I did find what appears to be a good choice online recently. In any case, let’s get to this week’s movie.

In the early 1980’s, skilled Disney animator Don Bluth left the company, taking a number of other animators with him and starting his rival company. During the time shortly after that, Bluth made a handful of animation masterpieces that have inspired their own wonderful fodder for this site, but that isn’t what we’re looking at today. It took Disney a while to get back into the swing of things, but eventually they released the animated classic that would spark the famous “Disney Renaissance.” This movie? Why, The Little Mermaid, of course. After this point, many of Disney’s famous works of the 90’s followed, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and many more. It was a time of great profits. But, to some within the company, not great enough. Many Disney movies would receive the Disney Sequel treatment, some fairing better than others. However, even one of the company’s most financially important productions would receive not one, but TWO direct to video movies to unnecessarily extend its universe. So, we’d best start with the first of these today: The Little Mermaid II:Return to the Sea. Continue reading