The Fairytales (2004–2005)
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On her fifteenth birthday, a young mermaid princess is allowed to swim up and see the world above the sea. She sees a large ship with a handsome young prince. Soon a storm rises and wrecks ... See full summary »


Jørgen Lerdam


Gareth Williams (adaptation), Gareth Williams (head writer) | 2 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
Peter Belli Peter Belli ... Various Voices (voice)
Nicolas Bro ... Additional Voices (voice)
Ditte Gråbøl Ditte Gråbøl ... Various Voices (voice)
Henrik Koefoed Henrik Koefoed ... Hans Christian Andersen / Narrator (voice)
Thure Lindhardt ... Various Voices (voice)
Mette Marckmann Mette Marckmann ... Additional Voices (voice)
Thomas Mørk Thomas Mørk ... Additional Voices (voice)
Søren Spanning Søren Spanning ... Additional Voices (voice)
Stine Stengade ... Additional Voices (voice)
Torben Zeller Torben Zeller ... Various Voices (voice)


On her fifteenth birthday, a young mermaid princess is allowed to swim up and see the world above the sea. She sees a large ship with a handsome young prince. Soon a storm rises and wrecks the ship and the mermaid quickly swims over to rescue the prince and swim him to shore. The Little Mermais fins herself falling in love with the young prince and decides that she will do anything to be with him, even if it means trading her beautiful voice for real legs.

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2004 (Denmark) See more »

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The Little Mermaid
11 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As said many times, have always had a lifelong love of animation, old and new. Disney, Studio Ghibli, Hanna Barbera, Tom and Jerry, Hanna Barbera, Looney Tunes and also the works of Tex Avery and Fleischer. With a broader knowledge of animation styles, directors, studios and how it was all done actually love it even more now.

It's not just animation held in very high regard by me. Have also had an undying lifelong love of Hans Christian Andersen's classic stories, they're beautifully written and full of magic, emotion and memorable characters. His timeless appeal is more than justified and there is a reason why his name is so commonly associated with fairy tales, along with the darker stories of the Grimm Brothers. Would see any adaptation of his work, animation or live-action, and there have been numerous times where his work has lent well to animation.

To me this Danish animated series 'The Fairytaler' is one of the best examples and should be more widely known. For good animation, characters that have lost none of what made them so great in the first place and wonderful storytelling that has its own spin yet treats the stories with respect. This is obvious once again in 'The Little Mermaid'.

For me, 'The Little Mermaid' is one of the best, and one of my favourite, episodes of the series. It is such a beautiful story, one of Andersen's most famous for very good reason, and the whole episode really touched me, along with 'The Ugly Duckling' this is the episode that gives me the most feels.

In terms of animation, 'The Little Mermaid' is simple but doesn't go overboard with this. It is still beautifully coloured and meticulously detailed with characters that are remarkably life-like and a lot of smoothness and crispness. The music is whimsical at times, haunting in others and poignant in others, matching with the images more than appropriately. The intro is magical and impossible to forget and loved how Andersen himself is briefly written in.

Here, 'The Little Mermaid' is told with elegant style, emotion and entertaining wit, the energy never wavering while never being rushed. The dialogue is never too complicated and not too simple. Yet the spirit and essence of 'The Little Mermaid' are captured well, with no effort to dumb down or make it too saccharine and much closer in spirit to Andersen's story than the still wonderful Disney film is. The storytelling charms, entertains and moves and nothing is juvenile or complicated.

'The Little Mermaid' is one of the series' most emotionally powerful episodes, with a poignant tone throughout and a lot of elements that traditionalists will happily recognise. Nothing will traumatise younger viewers and adults should feel nostalgic, traditionalists will find a lot to admire still and making it accessible to present day viewers is handled with intelligence and no awkwardness at all. The more gruesome parts, like with the mermaid's tongue, are not here, but what is intact is the ending. It makes me cry whenever reading the story, it resonated with me here.

Characters are all round endearing, without being too cutesy, with a rootable titular character and a sea witch that isn't really a standard villain. The voice acting is dynamic and well suited for the characters. Any narration never falls into the trap of telling/explaining too much.

All in all, powerful and one of my favourite 'The Fairytaler' episodes. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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