The Horrifying Origin Story That Will Change How You Think About "The Little Mermaid"
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again…The Little Mermaid is my fave animated Disney movie. I knew it was based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, but I honestly had no idea how damn dark the original story was! I mean these stories were supposed to be for children…right?? Things sure were different back in the day! The original story is hella creepy, but I kind of like it, even though it made me depressed. Why can’t Disney white wash all of the depressing things in our lives! Sigh. Here’s a look at some of the shocking differences between Disney’s version and Andersen’s.
The legs thing didn’t go so well
In the movie: Ursula’s spell gives Ariel her much desired appendages. Sure she struggles to get her feet on the ground, but it’s all so damn adorkable. Ariel’s biggest problem in the movie is having her feet on the ground figuratively speaking.
In the story: When Ariel gets her legs in the original story, it’s a bit more realistic. Like bleeding profusly kind of realistic. Nothing romantic about blood, no matter how much Twilight tries to make us think it is! As someone who is often bleeding randomly due to extreme klutziness, let me just say it’s really hard to pick up guys with skinned knees. Even if you are a hot mermaid. No one’s hot enough to getaway with a bloody fishtail split ‘legs’. That’s like human centipede level distrubing.
Prince Eric is a jerk
In the movie: Movie Prince Eric is dumb but lovable and yeah…super cute in that animated kind of way. Although it takes him awhile (he is kind of clueless, huh?), in the end he does right by Ariel.
In the story: Story Prince Eric makes Beauty and the Beast‘s Gaston look like an almost lovable oaf. So while bleeding all over the place is kind of gross, most guys would help a bleeding girl out when it came down to it, even if you didn’t want to date her, right? Not Prince Eric, who is for sure no prince of a guy. He finds Ariel’s bleeding heeee-larious and makes her dance for his amusement. I guess it’s a good thing that Disney changed this part of the story. I mean the Disney Princesses being role models for young girls is bad enough as it is! Do we really need a girl who would go to these lengths to land a guy?
The Prince gets married…but not to Ariel
In the movie: Prince Eric almost marries the wrong girl, but in the end everything works out and they all live happily ever after. Sigh. Swoon. You know the drill.
In the story: Much like in the movie, Ariel has to convince the Prince that she was the one who saved him from drowning, in hopes that he will fall madly in love with her after finding that out. Does Ariel have fish eggs for brains? I mean I do lots of good things for people and don’t expect them to fall in love with me because of it. Well, most of the time. Naturally Prince Jerk doesn’t give a crap and marries someone else. Ariel really needs a sassy movie BFF to set her straight..am I right?
Ariel dissolves into sea foam after she refuses to murder Prince Eric
In the movie: Prince Eric never marries the other chick. He falls in love with Ariel, so she fulfills her end of the bargain with Ursula. I mean it gets complicated, but ultimately everything works out because well, Disney. Duh.
In the story: In the story when Ariel doesn’t fulfill her end of the bargin, Ursula, nice sea witch that she is, gives her one more way to do it. Kill Prince Eric. Seems like a no brainer to kill that douche, but this is Ariel we’re talking about. She still loves the jerk and can’t do the deed. I’ve had friends like Ariel. Key word: had. GET A GRIP GIRL! I guess murder is wrong but so is making someone dance while bleeding. Can’t two wrongs ever just make a right? Jeez.
Ariel dissolves into sea foam
In the movie: Classic ‘happily ever after’ ending. Yeah, there’s a little drama, but are we ever really scared things won’t work out? Nope!
In the story: Not only does Ariel not get the guy, she is turned into sea foam. Gross. Also unlike the movie, Ariel does not have a soul and has to earn it the hard way. She must complete 300 years of good deeds to get one. Did I mention the fact that her sentence gets an extra day added for every tear a child cries? So yeah, pretty much a life sentence. All for saving the life of a jerk. ‘No good deed goes unpunished’ seems like a great moral to be teaching our children, Hans! I mean I guess there’s a spiritual take on what Areil does, but sheesh! Childhood ruined yet?
Which one do you think is the worst? Let me know @desijedeikin or in the comments below!