The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

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The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea is a 2000 Disney animated feature film and direct-to-video sequel to the 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid. Directed by Jim Kammerud and Brian Smith, the story takes place over a decade after the original film, and focuses on Ariel's and Eric's daughter Melody, a human princess who longs to swim in the ocean despite her parents' law that the sea is forbidden to her. This sequel stars the voices of Jodi Benson as Ariel, Tara Strong as Melody and Pat Carroll as Morgana, the film's new villain.


  • One minute you're on top, the next you're sushi. (turns to Grimsby) Now is that fair, Gramps, I ask you?
  • Hungry? Afraid all I have is a cold plate.
  • (to Melody) You're not the only one with a mother who doesn't understand you. BELIEVE me.
  • Oh, wishes do come true. [to sky] SEE THAT, MA?! WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE NOW?!


  • (In another chase with Louis) C'MON, NOW! NO, LOUIS! YA DON'T WANNA DO DIS, MON! I'M OLD! I'M NOT TENDER ANYMORE!!
  • You know, when I was a teenager, you couldn't get me out of my shell for nothin'. I had this HIGH SQUEAKY VOICE and these itty-bitty liddle pinchers! Then one day, BOOM! I sound like Caruso, and these WHOPPERS pop out!
  • Alright, Sebastian. You must remain calm. Dis is NOT your fault. All you have to do is go in there and calmly explain that Melody has run away. No reason to lose your head. Whatever you do, you abso-tively, posi-tutely, must. Not. Panic. [Hears Ariel call Melody] WAH!!! MELODY'S GONE, MELODY'S GONE, MELODY'S GONE!!!!


  • [After being shrunk] WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME?! LOOK AT ME! I'M AN ANCHOVY!!


Louis: [chasing Sebastian] YOU'RE GOING IN ZE BOUILLABAISE!
Ariel: I miss you, Daddy. I wish you could be right here with us.
Eric: [to Ariel] You know these waters, and you know our daughter.
Melody: Grandfather, I think this belongs to you. [tosses the trident to King Triton, who catches it]


Triton: We shall not rest until that mad woman is vanquished. FIND HER!! FIND HER!! [Lightning is strucked in the sky as an order and Morgana is nowhere to be found. Flounder and Sebastian are with Triton at the castle about Morgana's disappearence with terrible news] I'm sorry. There is no sign of her, she's vanished. [Ariel is worried and Melody crawls to the sea] We'll keep trying, we'll--
Ariel: Sweetie no. [She pulls Melody out of the water] Oh, we've got to keep Melody away from her. Until Morgana is found, Melody can't go into sea. And neither will I.
Flounder: But, Ariel.
Ariel: I'm sorry, Flounder. But if Morgana is anything like Ursula, she'll never give up. This is the only way; Melody can't know about Merpeople or Atlantica, or even you, Daddy.
Triton: [Defeated] Very well, Ariel, you're right. [turns to Sebastian] Sebastian, you will watch over her.
Sebastian: Me? [fainting] Aww!

Melody: Hey, Scuttle! Hey, Sebastian! What's kickin'?
Scuttle: Uh, what's kickin'? Hmm... let me see. [knocks himself on the head] Don't rush me!
Sebastian: Ha! You know perfectly well what's kicking!

Sebastian: Melody, child, how many times do I have to tell you?
Melody and Sebastian: It is expressly forbidden for you to be swimming beyond the safety of the sea wall.
Melody: [continuing to imitate him] Any such swimmin' is a reckless disregard of da rules. Don't ya know?
[They are silent for a moment.]
Sebastian: ...Stop dat.
Melody: Oh, Sebastian, I can't help it. I just love the sea!

Ariel: Flounder!
Flounder's Son: DADDY!!!
Flounder: Now what?
Ariel: Sorry.
Flounder: Ariel?
Ariel: Flounder?
Flounder: Ariel!!
Ariel: Oh, I've missed you! Boy, you're sure not a guppy anymore.
Flounder: You can say that again.

Flounder: Children, what did I say about playing "kick the clam" on the reef?
Flounder's Son: Sorry, Dad.
Flounder: Uh, kids. I'm sorry about Melody.
Ariel: Flounder, I really need your help.
Flounder: Wild sea horses couldn't stop me.

[Morgana messes around with a spell for Undertow while Cloak and Dagger watch]
Morgana: Ooh-Ooh-Hoo-Hoo, Trust me. This time I'm sure I've got it right.
Undertow: Yeah, that's what you said last time, and I was sore for a week.
Morgana: Oh stop your carping and stand still.
Undertow: [whimpering] Oh, this is gonna hurt.
[Morgana casts the spell and a green lightning bolt hits Undertow. He starts getting bigger]
Morgana: Yes. Yes. YES!
Undertow: Uh-Oh. [The spell backfires, making Undertow small again] Uh.
Morgana: [Frustrated] Huh. [She throws another bottle into the cauldron and Undertow is turned into an unidentifiable gray fish].
Undertow: Uh. [Morgana gets frustrated and and throws in more bottles, turning Undertow into something weird each time until he's back to being small] Ulp.
[Cloak and Dagger laugh and snicker at Undertow]
Morgana: Oh. It's just no use. The power of the trident is just too strong for me to overcome.
Undertow: [Under his breath] I bet Ursula could've done it.
Morgana: What, was that, you said?
Undertow: Nothing, I'm just saying. [Morgana throws a vial at him but misses]
Morgana: STOP, CRITICIZING ME! That's all my mother ever did was criticize me. It was always, "Ursula this" or, "Ursula that" or, "Morgana, why can't you be more like your sister URSULA?!"
[Morgana hurls a starfish like a dart at a picture of Ursula]
Undertow: Well, it's not Ursula's fault I got miniturized. IT'S YOURS!
Morgana: It's not.
Undertow: Your fault we had to hide out here for TWELVE FROST-BITTEN YEARS!
Morgana: IT'S NOT!
Morgana: You're really pushing it, Small-Fry.

Eric: So, we're having a bad hair day.
Ariel: If we were, you wouldn't be helping, would you?
Eric: Well I'm just here to let you know, there are a lot of people downstairs.
Ariel: Oh we'll be right down. Give us two minutes.
Eric: Right, two minutes... Where have I heard that before?

Ariel: Oh, sweetheart. I'm so sorry
Melody: [crying] What's wrong with me?
Ariel: Oh, nothing's wrong with you.
Melody: Mom, I'm the princess of disaster!
Ariel: Being a teenager is hard, and, uh, all kids your age feel... awkward, and...
Melody: [looking at her locket] "Melody?" What is this? My name's on here. [Melody opens the locket and a lullaby plays] That song. Where have I heard it? It's Atlantica, with merpeople and everything. Mother, you always said it was just an old fish tale.
Ariel: [snaps the locket shut] Where did you get this?
Melody: I-- I found it.
Ariel: [upset] You went over the wall, didn't you?
Melody: Actually, I went UNDER it. I hate that stupid wall.
Ariel: Melody, you know you're not allowed in the sea!
Melody: But why? And why does that necklace have my name on it?
Ariel: Melody, listen to me.
Melody: You're hiding something from me.
Ariel: You deliberately disobeyed me! I never want you going out there again. Do you hear me? It's dangerous in the sea!
Melody: How would you know? You've never even been in it! [rushes out in tears, while crying and taking the necklace back]
Ariel: M-Melody, I... [Eric comes in but steps aside as his daughter Melody runs off in tears] [sighs] Oh, no.
Eric: Ariel, darling, we knew this day would come.
Ariel: Oh, Eric. You're right. It's time I trusted her with the truth.

Melody: Hi. I'm Melody.
Dash: This here's Tip, and I'm Dash.
Tip: Excuse me, Mr. I-Spill-My-Guts-To-Total-Strangers. You just blew our cover!
Dash: I was just trying to be friendly.
Melody: Guys, I really have to get going, so if you could...
Dash: Aww, see? Now she's gonna leave, and it's all your fault.
Tip: MY FAULT?! She's...she's probably allergic to blubber!
Dash: Oh yeah? Well... maybe she doesn't like BIRDS THAT CAN'T FLY!
[Tip gasps dramatically]
Melody: Guys...
Tip: Well, you can't fly, either!
Dash: And... you walk funny.
Melody: Guys!
Tip: OH, YEAH?! Well... um... YOU CAN'T FLY EITHER!
Melody: GUYS! [The bickering duo finally stop] Do either of you know how to get to Atlantica? I don't have much time.
Dash: Why do you want to go to Atlantica?
Melody: I have to get something that was stolen from a friend. [shows them her tail] If not... I'll turn back into a...
Dash: A what? Turn back into a what?
Melody: A human.
Tip: [startled gasp] I knew there was something UN-fishy about you! [turns to leave] Tough break, sister. Drop us a line. Let us know how it all turns out.
Dash: [Stops Tip with a fore-flipper and turns him around] We'll take you!
Melody: You will?
Tip: We will?!
Dash: She's a damsel in distress. It's our big chance.

Tip: C'mon, Miss Popularity. We have a previous engagement, remember? [drags Melody away]
Merboy: Was that a... penguin?

Undertow: Grr.
Flounder: "Grr" yourself, pipsqueak.

Tip: We're guppies, man. Jellyfish.
Dash: The great Tip and Dash: cowards-slash-losers.
Tip: [has an idea] Okay, on the one hand, we can live a long, healthy life; albeit as disgusting, pathetic, cowardly...uh...
Dash: Worms?
Tip: That's good! Good. Cowardly worms. On the other hand, we could gather our courage, if we had any, and storm the fortress and be heroes!
Dash: Yeah. Until they hack us up into fishbait!
Tip: You're right.
[Strange green lights begin to flash from Morgana's iceberg lair]
Dash: [gasps] Melody's in there. She might be in big trouble! She might really need our help!
Tip: So what's it gonna be? A lifetime as worms...or two minutes as heroes?

[Ariel tries to stop Melody from giving Morgana Triton's trident]
Ariel: Melody, don't!
Melody: Mom!
Ariel: Don't listen to her, and--! [both Melody and Ariel are surprised to see each other as mermaids]
Ariel and Melody: You're a mermaid?
Morgana: Ariel! How nice of you to come. And you've brought Flopper with you.
Flounder: The name's Flounder!


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