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Friday, April 03, 2009

The Truth about the Little Mermaid

when we were kids, my sister loved the disney movie The Little Mermaid. we would always watch it. i think more than once everyday. that's why i thought i can say i know the story very well. but then recently, i got to watch some shows where they keep comparing the little mermaid to a sad story or to unrequited love. and that really confused me. so i asked my sister about it. she gave me the wikipedia link. and it's just the other day, that i've learned about the real story of the little mermaid. i never knew that it's a sad story. all along i thought it's a happy ending. sigh...


22 comments:

TK said...

... What I really find disturbing is the story of little red riding hood. she actually got eaten by the wolf. then in the end the wood chopper hacked the tummy of the wolf to free the Grandma.

TK said...

but you are right. Little mermaid is a very sad story of unrequited love.

tanivillamora said...

As a child, the story of the Little Mermaid with the unhappy ending is the one that's well-known. Grade 5 or grade 6 na ata ako nun lumabas yun Disney version.

aikafrancesca said...

Oh wow.. I read the wikilink... now my view of little mermaid is forever altered.

Hmm.. now I am interested to see the real LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD one.

tell me there's no REAL cinderella or aladdin or alice.

Can any of my childhood "friends" remain the same. please?

TK said...

Aika, they didn't call them the Brothers "GRIMm" for nothing.

Here's the original story of Little red cap

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/grimm/redcap.html

tin-tin said...

tk: galing ng wolf noh? isang lunok lang yung grandma. hehehe. and si hans christian ang nagsulat ng little mermaid, hindi grimm brothers. :)

tani: first time i heard about the story is with disney already. heheeh ;p

aika: mine too! i now view the little mermaid differently. fave ko si cinderella, wag naman sana iba ang story non :)

backpacking philippines said...

it's really a sad story...the statue is a famous landmark to

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Yes, it's a poignant love story that ended in tragedy. It is the tale that was adapted by Mars Ravelo into the Filipino version of Dyesebel. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

bw said...

Darn, my daughter has mermaid DVD's, pillows and blanket with mermaid stuff on them but never realized the Little Mermaid is such a sad story ! ( I read the wikipedia hehe..) I always hear my little girl singing the mermaid song sang by the character Ariel.. oh well maybe it wasn't the Little Mermaid :)

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Sidney said...

That is indeed a very sad love story... but it seems all love stories have bad endings... ;-)

jasperjugan said...

i didn't know about that side of the story either!!! sheesh!

RennyBA said...

I lived in Copenhagen, Denmark, so I've seen Little Mermaid a lot of times :-)

Happy Easter !

Richard said...

It is a sad story. They used to play a little mermaid cartoon on TV when I was younger (way before the Disney movie).

Here is the version I grew up with:

part 1,, part 2, part 3.

kyels said...

There's no real fairytale ending after all. And it's true that The Little Mermaid is a sad story after all. But of course in children's fables it's different.

(:

Cathy said...

Such a sad story well I guess that's the reality!My mom told me that the story was republished December 1849 as a part of Fairy Tales.I will definitely buy dvd of Little mermaid for my collection.

Anonymous said...

Hello. And Bye.

Anonymous said...

Just FYI, little mermaid wasnt written by Grim Brothers. It was HC Andersen.

Anonymous said...

The Korean One Is Very Sad ............. :( The Ending Was Very Sad ............. i read it ............. it was very sad ........ please read the korean one .... it will make you cry . :'(

Anonymous said...

the truth is....all of walt disney stories have old versions.....
cinderella has one....also sleeping beauty

Aritul said...

Just learned the truth about The Little Mermaid myself. The fact that it has such a sad ending makes me like the story all the more.