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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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TheRabbitWhoHovers Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Student Writer
You weren't the only one emotionally messed up from that movie...Waaaah! 
assassins-creed1999 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
I cried like hell at the end. He knew how to get people crying. Oh and at the end she became a sky spirit that helps children become good and when they do, the spirits get a year off the time they wait for a human soul. So after the who crap, the story is for kids to be good! This guy was nuts! Look at readers digest on YouTube and look for the original.
KingGianny123 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
And the sea witch cut off the little mermaid's tongue as payment and when she walks her feet bleeds because it feels like walking on sharp knives!
ArielxJim08 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
See this is why I loved the Disney version soooooo much better....Happy endings are ALWAYS BETTER!! :D
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.
TensaiSaiyan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
I have that version and liked it despite the sad ending. Still like it.
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. 
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.
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.
bPAVLICA Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Digital 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]
southpony98 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Which channel was the movie playing on?
assassins-creed1999 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Its an old anime movie from Japan form the 70s or 80s. It was how anime was back then than it is today. I cried so hard.
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
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.
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
cernon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
The Little Mermaid in the original doesn't simply die. In her strife to gain a soul, upon her death, she becomes a daughter of air and will gain a soul after three hundred years of service.
bloodonthemoon5 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
featured! :heart:
Kevdraws223 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow... depressing much
KunoichiZen Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
In contrast to your opinion, I actually feel that I prefer this sadder ending more than the happy Disney ending. It seems more poetic, has more of an impact and I feel like I can really relate to it myself (before anyone makes a joke about how I've never been a mermaid who became sea foam, it's a story about unrequited love ok XD).

I consider this ending more bittersweet than anything, because although the film doesn't mention this, it was clear that Marina not only longed for human life but she also longed to have a human eternal soul that lasts long after death, as mermaids only live for two hundred years but they do not have an afterlife. So although Marina turned to sea foam, you also see in the film that her soul was lifted above the sea and descended up to the Heavens. This shows that what made Marina truly human, was her pure and true love for her prince and her price of self-sacrifice in order to allow him to live and be happy. So eventually, she did gain what she wanted, a soul and she discovered true love. I think that is what the film's message meant when it stated that Marina will and will forever continue to be of guidance to all of mankind.

Also, I like to think that the Prince and Marina will reunite in Heaven because you can't say that isn't a possibility. :D
Nanda-MC95 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God, you took the words out of my mouth. This is EXACTLY what I felt, after I decided to read the original story.... little did I know back then.. hahahaha
If I have ANY idea, that Anderson was a F***ing psychopath, that wrote stories to scar children for life, I would never had read it.
This made me love Disney even more, if that's possible :)
Anyway, great work, I love it :D
Demigui Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ay! caml down. his story has a message, even though you may not see it. It was publiched in 1837, back then fairytails didn't always have a happy ending, they where there to teach kids, not to make them think the world was pink and filled with unicorns, the unicorns would have been nice though.
Nanda-MC95 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, I just shocked myself with I wrote hahahahhahaha
I think I was having a bad day when I wrote it... But I do prefer Disney, that's fact.
I do not appreciate what he did to Ariel... ;P
But you have to admit that some of these stories (the eriginal ones) are REALLY NOT for chieldren, I read almost all of them and some are just too heavy and dark. I think Beauty and the Beast is the only one that is actually cute and happy... Thumbelina also has a happy ending..
Anyway, sorry if I was rude, it was totally not my intention. And again, beautiful drawing :)
Pipe-stream Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I never knew the original version o_o
nitrateglow Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I like both versions. The Disney version has gorgeous animation and great songs, but the original has such power-- the mermaid's love is so beautiful and inspiring. For me, that ending was more bittersweet than sad, to be honest (though certainly a touch more bitter than sweet, but still).
Wyspre Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
is it weird that i actually love the original story? i'm not opposed to happy endings, but i can relate to the self-sacrifice that real love inspires - it's sad, but empowering to me somehow. beautiful work.
lailalailad Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
wwaaahhh i've read that story!!! i like your drawing too.
ChickTristen94 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved this anime version of the story rather then the Disney one.

Great pic. :)
AriaRinnin Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
This looks familiar. Was this animated version an anime perhaps? I saw an anime version of the little mermaid on Youtube, and this looks very similar. It's also a great story, even if it is sad. The ultimate sacrifice for love. Your life. It's tragically sweet.

You're amazing!
FukayamaYuki Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In another Hans Christian Anderson version I knew was that was little mermaid didn't turn into seafoam, but turned into a daughter of the air. "... while they do not have a soul, can gain one through good deeds." Although I think your version is a little more towards the original, original version. Still sad though. POOR LITTLE MERMAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Other than that, I love your artwork!!! The shading, highlighting and positions of the bodies is just genius!!!!! Wish I could be as good as you!!
MsILOVEmilk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i must of got the original version
madmaddy101 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holy shit even the sad version i read as a kid had her turn into an angel but GOD THAT IS FUCKED UP
but the art is amazing
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
I love your mermaids!
Jakegothicsnake Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Well, actually the movie did say that the little mermaid's soul ascended into heaven. Although originally Hans had the little mermaid become an air spirit for 300 years before going into the kingdom of God.
blaze-jaganshi Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it is a sad story, but i love it just the same. i watched it so many times when i was little. i just finished watching again after like..10 years lol. this is a really great picture.
ravenna3 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Love the picture. Just really great!
XKimmaiX Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
The image itself is very beautiful... It's heartbreaking to be watching the sisters rushing helplessly towards their sister, who is clearly dying. :cries: I also like that you chose to keep the mermaids' tails quite simple and dolphin like in design. I personally am not really a fan of overly finny mermaid tails.

I was lucky enough to experience the Disney version before the "original". I believe I was around 8-9 when I finally learned of the the other version in a picture book. If I remember correctly, I was in disbelief for a while, thinking that someone had messed the retelling of the story, as in a bad copycat. There was a ray of hope in the end in that the mermaid became a spirit or something like that... at least in the version I read.
XPascalXX Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
haha thats funny:D the picture is beautiful and IVE SEEN THAT VERSION! :D it was years ago,where can i watch it??
LaurenMontgomery Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I think you can find it on you tube. But the picture quality is not so great.
SupesSoups Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Your description is LOL! "D
Ennayenaled Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is chillingly accurate to the film(which i've owned since the age of 5) you even got the details of the knife right! Great work! I love it, love it!! I agree that this version is depressing but the lesson of it is so beautiful, that love lives on after death. I cry my ass off every time i watch it!
GushSaa Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
yeah, except you forgot that she has a chance of being given a soul, if she accomplishes certain things as a spirit, seeing as Mermaids don't have souls.
So she is given a chance of afterlife because of the love she showed the prince when she decided not to kill him, which is why the sisters didn't cut off their hair for nothing, they merely gave her a chance to have an happy afterlife.
Ennayenaled Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh yeah i forgot about the soul part! That makes the ending even more beautiful!
GushSaa Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
I know, i cried the first time i read that.
I was only ten years old though...
Now, it makes more sense, and it's one of my favorite stories now.
Ennayenaled Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here, I've loved it ever i got the video when i was 4
GushSaa Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
But awesome artwork.
I loves it.
SarathaiMoon Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Your not the brunette but you'll suffice... omigod My bf torments me over this lol. I told him about the star crossed lovers and I hadn't watched it in a while talk about a male moment >.<
wasmina Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I saw this version a few years ago. I remember when I was in the third grade and I read the original Little Mermaid. I cried for three days. But after all that I realized that the original story is much more beautiful then what Disney came up with.

Beautiful picture by the way!
tampopo-sama Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Oh WOW! This is just..OOH!
please do more Zuko!!hahah
meeee13 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the original version, its so much more real. do you know what the one you saw on t.v was called?
LaurenMontgomery Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
It was called "Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid", but it was released by Toei Animation in 1975.
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