The Little Mermaid

Jennifer, Jackie, Chelsea, Jean Marie

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Orignal Version: Jackie


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Above is a video of the summary of "The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Andersen.

Click here for "The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Andersen.

“The little mermaid knew this was the last evening she should ever see the prince, for whom she had forsaken her kindred and her home; she had given up her beautiful voice, and suffered unheard-of pain daily for him, while he knew nothing of it. This was the last evening that she would breathe the same air with him . . . ; an eternal night, without a thought or a dream, awaited her.” Hans Christian Andersen, “The Little Mermaid” (1836)

Other Versions:

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Brothers Grimm Version

Sirenetta was the youngest daughter of the Sea King. She was gifted with a beautiful voice and yearned for the chance to see the surface of the world. The Sea King refused to let Sirenetta go up to the surface because he thought she was too young. He told her when she turned 15, she would be allowed to go. In the meantime she would listen to her sister’s stories and ask them questions every time they would return from the surface. Sirenetta eagerly waited until her birthday, and when that day came her father warned her to stay away from the humans and told her that she can only watch and admire.

Once she arrived at the surface, she was in awe at the sight of the world. A ship was slowly sailing toward her and she watched the men go about their work. There was one man in particular that she could not keep her eyes off of, which happened to be the captain of the ship. She noticed that there was a fierce storm approaching and the man were in danger. Then the storm broke over the helpless ship, and the ship sank. She saw the young captain fall into the water, so she swam over to him and held him in her arms until the storm died down. She saw that land lay ahead of her so she placed the captain’s body onto the shore. Then she saw a woman running towards him crying for help. As the captain woke up, his eyes were captivated on the youngest of a group of three women, thanking her for saving his life. Sirenetta began to swim back down towards her father’s palace, when she realized that she was a mermaid and could never marry a human.

She knew that the Witch of the Deeps could help her, so she decided to ask her. The Witch warned her that it would be painful and if the man she loves marries someone else, she will never be able to turn into a mermaid again. In exchange for the Witches spell, Sirenetta has to sacrifice her voice. Sirenetta agreed and took the potion up to the surface. She drank the potion and when she came to her senses, the prince was smiling down at her. The prince took her back to his castle and their she started her new life. Sirenetta noticed that the unknown lady the prince had seen on the shore was always in his thoughts. Sirenetta and the prince went down to a huge ship that was sailing into the harbor, when she saw the unknown lady appear. The prince ran to her and asked her to marry him and she agreed. Sirenetta was heartbroken, but she still attended their wedding. She remembered the Witche’s prophecy, and she was ready to give up her life and dissolve in the sea, but then she heard her sister’s voices. They had given up their hair for a magic knife, for Sirenetta to kill the prince and become a mermaid again. Sirenetta took it, but could not follow through with it so she through the knife into the sea. Then she looked back and the world she was leaving behind and dived into the water. As the sun began to rise, she felt herself being lifted in the sky. She heard her name being called and questioned where she was. Fairies of the air told her that she was with them and said, "We have no soul as men do, but our task is to help them. We take amongst us only those who have shown kindness to men!"

This link is a short but accurate summary of the plot for the Disney's version of "The Little Mermaid" (1989)

Click here for modern interpretations of "The Little Mermaid". The theme of "The Little Mermaid" has been shown in different literature's and different forms of arts.

Critical Views & Analysis: Jennifer

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This blog is an analysis of "The Little Mermaid". In the blog the author talks about feminist issues and their intake on how the media does not teach young viewers to love themselves but to love someone else. In the movie, Ariel becomes obsessed with anything and everything that has to do with life on land and the man (Eric) she saved after being shipwrecked.

This article is talking about a debate of how Disney "sugar-coats" the original fairytales. Also, in this article it talks about how Disney views the female characters weak and need a prince to save them and make them happy.

Read this blog about why "The Little Mermaid" is a feminist's worst nightmare.

Click here for a short summary of the Disney's version of "The Little Mermaid". Also on this page you will find links to 40 news articles about "The Little Mermaid".

This review is a critical analysis of the animation side of "The Little Mermaid" and the positive effect it has on the audience. The movie created a whole new world for people and the animation in the movie made it real. From the music to the characters, this movie triggers the audience imagination and creativity.

Did you know? Chelsea

In the original story-book version, The Little Mermaid doesn’t get to kiss her prince and is turned into the foam of the ocean. Thankfully, in the Disney version, this ending is changed so that The Little Mermaid kisses her prince and lives happily ever after.

In an interview with Drew Barrymore at 14 years old, she said her favorite actress was ‘Ariel”.

The voice of Ariel is done by Jodi Benson, who is also the voice of the Barbie dolls in “Toy Story Two”.

When Ariel and Prince are married and sailing away on the ship, you can see Mickey Mouse and Goofy in the crowd of seamen and creatures waving off the ship.

Sebastians full name is Horatio Feloious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian.

Ariel has six sisters names Aquata, Andrina, Arista, AttinaAdella, and Alana.

This was the last Disney animated deature to be painted by hand. 1,000 different colors were used on 1,100 backgrounds. Over one million drawings were done in total.

Ariels treasure cave includes the painting “Magdalene with The Smoking Flame” by Georges de La Tour, the 17th century artist.

The cartoon series, The Little Mermaid, released in 1992 was produced the same time as the movie, and in the original plans, the series was to be released first.

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Mass Media Versions: Jean Marie

Here's a theatrical trailer of "The Little Mermaid" (1989)
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This article from The New York TImes is about how John Neumeier's ballet about "The Little Mermaid" takes the children's fairytale to a "Dark New Depths".

Above is a video of the summary of "The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Andersen.

The Little Mermaid on Broadway

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Showed from November 2007 until January 2008

The New Little Mermaid Attraction at Disney World in Florida

With a 100 million dollar budget, Disney is opening a new ride in Florida called Under The Sea Journey,
a ride based off of the hit movie, The Little Mermaid. Opening late in 2012, there are not many details
out but we can expect to be riding around in clams. Featuring the music and characters from the movie,
a lot of excitement for this new ride has been building.

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Morals of The Little Mermaid
The most important moral would have to be selfless love. Ariel gives up everything for Prince Eric because of love and is willing to go against her father to be with him.

Ariel sacrificed the most important things to her to be with Eric. Do not change yourself for anyone.

Ursula takes control of Ariel's life so Ariel finally gets her one chance to find her true life.

Finding true love and sacrificing everything for it.

The relationship between father and daughter

Be yourself and not what other people expect you to be.