The Little Mermaid
(aka Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid
is an anime
adaptation of "The Little Mermaid
" produced by Toei Animation
. It was released in 1975 in Japan and was dubbed into English in 1978.
The plot follows Andersen
's original story much more closely than the Disney version
, keeping the sad ending.
It also has some elements that Disney would later use, such as an animal companion for the mermaid (Fritz the Dolphin) and an antagonistic force seeking to hurt the mermaid on land (Jenny the cat).
This anime contains examples of:
- Acting for Two: The English dub has the same actress portray the Sea Witch and the cat.
- Badass Adorable: Fritz. He takes on an army of polyps using starfish and a mermaid skull as weapons, and saves Marina multiple times.
- Bowdlerize: The DVD release cuts some of the Sea Witch's scene and Marina's reunion with her sisters due to their nipples being shown.
- Cats Are Mean: Jenny.
- Cool Old Lady: Marina's grandma.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Marina's gasping and moaning during her transformation.
- Downer Ending: The prince realizes his mistake just after it's too late, and Fritz tearfully chases the bubbles that were Marina.
- Dramatic Shattering: When the Prince tells Marina he's found and is marrying who he thinks is his princess she drops a mirror, which breaks.
- Godiva Hair: Marina, both underwater and when she first gains her legs.
- Also her sisters, until they cut their hair as payment to the witch.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Fritz.
- Rebellious Princess: Marina, who visits the sea before she's allowed to.
- Rite of Passage: Earning a pearl in your hair marks mermaids as being able to visit the surface. Marina's the last to get one.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Upon washing ashore, Marina is dressed in the Prince's clothes, which fit her perfectly.
- Talking Animal: The ones underwater, such as Fritz, and at least one on land, Jenny the cat.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Marina's sisters all have impossible hair colors.