I’m seeing a lot of mentions on social media about the live action movie of The Little Mermaid and the casting of Ariel. It made me think of these remakes they’ve been doing. I also recently saw a post someone shared where a man was talking about the original story.
His said people are crying for the traditional story, but the traditional version of the story was nothing like the Disney movie, and he is right.
When the movie came out in the 80s, I was a teen. I had read the Hans Christian Anderson version of the Little Mermaid. I knew how it ended. For those of you who haven’t read the real version, the short answer is they don’t end up together. She dies and he ends up with a princess (not Ariel). Not a happy ending.
I’ve always liked happily ever afters, and when the movie came out, I didn’t want to see it. I was a Disney nut, and had seen all the Disney animated movies (plus many of the regular movies like Parent Trap, Pollyanna, and others). Yet, I didn’t want to see this one.
Then I saw a preview, and had the hope that the ending was changed. It wouldn’t follow the classical tale. That Ariel might get her happy ending. And I was right.
When Disney started making live action re-makes of the animated movies I so loved, I wasn’t so keen to see them. They were great the way they were, why re-make them?
Yet, I went to see Beauty and the Beast, and loved it.
I love the way they build their stories. I am happy to go see a live action re-make if it is very similar to the animated. I’m not sure I’ll go see it if they deviate from the original animated movie. They had a good thing there, and that’s what I go to see.
If Disney follows the same script as the animated Little Mermaid (or close), I’ll be there. Now, if they go back to tradition, and follow Hans Christian Anderson’s tale, I’m out.
For me, it’s happy ending or bust.