What's the Difference between The Little Mermaid the Book and The Little Mermaid the Movie?


The Little Mermaid

Released: 1837
Author: Hans Christen Andersen

The Little Mermaid

Released: 1989
Director: Ron Clements and John Musker
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In the Book In the Movie
the Little Mermaid
Portrayed by: Jodi Benson
the Grandmother
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the Sea King
King Triton
Portrayed by: Kenneth Mars
the Sea Witch
Portrayed by: Pat Carrol
the Prince
Portrayed by: Christopher Barnes
This Character does not appear.
Portrayed by: Samual Wright
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Portrayed by: Jason Marin
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Portrayed by: Buddy Hackett
The Little Mermaid Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   The Little Mermaid wants to marry a human to gain an immortal soul. Otherwise she will live 300 years and turn to sea foam upon her death. Ariel falls in love with Eric when seeing him on the ship for the first time.
   The Sea Witch lives in a hit on the bottom of the sea made from the bones of drowned sailors. She merely facilitates the Little Mermaid's fate and is not evil Ursula has the form of an octopus and is evil. She actively interferes with Ariel's quest.
   The Little Mermaid is 15 when she first goes to the surface. Ariel is 16 in the movie.
   The Grandmother explains how a mermaid might gain an immortal soul (through marriage to a human) but tells her that she will be happier in the sea. Ursula (the witch) tells Ariel how she can win the prince's heart and marry him.
   The Little Mermaid has long hair adorned with white lilies and eight oysters painfully attached to her tail. She is unclothed. Ariel has long red hair and wears shells over her breasts.
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