Although each character in the Little Mermaid generally played the same part, there were still major differences between the original version and the Disney movie. The deal with the sea witch, relationship with the prince, and ending of the Hans Christian Andersen tale completely changed the direction of the story. Disney cut out these parts and left us with another one of their classic happy ending stories. On the other hand, Andersen left us with a very true, yet kind of sad moral. He was showing us that we don’t always get what we want, no matter how hard we try and how much we want it. While it may seem harsh, fairytales are supposed to teach us values and life lessons. Disney’s version gives us a superficial idea that good things always happen to good people and a false hope that we are guaranteed to get a happy ending.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid: