For questions regarding Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, including adaptations. Use in conjunction with [disney] when asking about any of the Disney versions.

The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, first published in 1837, about a mermaid who longs to become human because she has fallen in love.

It has been adapted numerous times, of which the 1989 animated film by the Disney Studios is arguably the most well known.