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Seafoam by LaurenMontgomery Seafoam by LaurenMontgomery
When I was but a wee lass, I happened across an animated version of The Little Mermaid playing on TV. Not the Disney one. This one stuck very closely to the original Hans Christian Anderson story. And I think it may have emotionally scarred me at a very young age. What an f'd up story to tell your kids.
Maybe this is why I love the disney version so much. Happy endings are always better.

So anyway, it went a little something like this. The little mermaid gets turned into a human to get the prince to fall in love with her. If he doesn't, she'll turn to seafoam. Prince falls in love with a different girl who he thinks saved him. They get married. Little mermaid's sisters cut off their beautiful hair and give it to the sea witch. In return they are given a knife. Little mermaid needs to use that knife to kill the prince. When his blood spills over her feet, it'll turn back into a fin and she can be a mermaid again. Little Mermaid decides she loves the prince too much and cannot kill him. She turns into seafoam. Prince wakes up, sees a scale that the Little Mermaid left behind and realizes it was her all along who saved him.

So EVERYBODY IS SCREWED! Little mermaid is DEAD. Sisters cut off their hair for NOTHING! Prince is stuck with the OTHER girl. Depression ensues until I watch Disney's little mermaid and am happy again.
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MissSparkle1 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
not to mention her tongue was cut out and every time she walked, it was like walking on knives. HCA really knew how to write a gruesome story.
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Hestia-Winterscloud Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
I have that version and liked it despite the sad ending. Still like it.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Lovely picture!  Wonderful perspective and I like the underwater effect.   I actually prefer the original tale to the treacly Disney version, although the latter does have its charms. 
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BelleDreamer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
I love the drawing but you missed the message of the original story. The original moral of the story was that if you truly love someone, you'll let them go to be happy, even if it is not with you.

Don't get me wrong, the Disney versions are nice, but a lot of the morals are lost. In Rapunzel you never get the moral of everything worth having must be earned. In The Little Mermaid it's about true love being about self sacrifice. Not that some of the Disney movies didn't keep the morals of the fairy tales. Beauty and the Beast, inner beauty being more important. Aladdin and the Princess and the Frog, honesty is the best policy. You just have to remember, a lot of fairy tales had sad endings because life was so hard back then. It made it easier for children to accept the difficult times in life when they knew of characters who faced similar negative endings.

But I've diverged, I'm a teacher as a profession. Your art is lovely and it would be perfect in a children's storybook. I love it.
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Jugandi Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think Hans Christian Anderson's story is much better. It teaches little girls not to change for a man. I also like how the other girl is not a witch but just some normal girl who happened to marry the prince. Not everybody is going to magically like you back and you shouldn't hate anybody (for no real reason) because someone got together with your crush/or whatever.
Hans Christian originally wrote this to a ballerina (he was in love with her, btw) - because the man she was supposed to marry didn't allow her to dance.
I loved Disney's Little Mermaid when i was a child, Ariel was my favorite Disney princess, but now that I've grown up i prefer Anderson's story.
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bPAVLICA Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I think I know which version you are talking about, and in my opinion, it's the best version of the story I've seen. (:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but is it this one: [link] [link]
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southpony98 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Which channel was the movie playing on?
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BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
And this is why Disney decided NOT to stick with the original plot of the fairy tale. XDD
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Silence-in-November Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
I totally agree! Not really a story to tell little kids....but I think the theme of the story was that life isn't fair.

Although your picture is very lovely, it's also very sad. As the little mermaid returns to the sea, who is no longer her friend, her sisters rush to her aid; but no matter how fast, they'll never reach her in time. I think you chose your colors very well, and the perspective gives the piece a rushed and interesting view. I've never seen a version where the sisters rush to help their beloved human sister after she commits suicide. It's very unique. Truly, honestly, I think you did a great job.
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Istriel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I loved and I will always loved that animated version.
Thank you so much to bring back my childhood.
I love the idea to see what happened next once she jumped in the sea. You depict that with poetry
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