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Heartwarming / The Little Mermaid

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The original tale

  • The mermaid's sisters try to rescue her life by giving her a knife to kill the prince. She decides to kill herself over killing him.

The Anime

  • Duke the Whale agreeing to take Marina to the surface.
  • Fritz saving Marina from the polyps.
  • All of her sisters cut off their hair in exchange for a knife that can save their little sister.
  • Marina refusing to kill the man she loves and dying with dignity.
  • Marina obtaining a soul and going to Heaven when she dies.

The Disney film

See here.