(And yes, in the pic to the left, that is Eric depicted as a merman. I don't know why he's a merman. I don't know where the picture is from, except obviously not from Disney. But who cares? It's cute!)
The thing is that I really don't care for the original story. It's sad and depressing. I want an adultified Little Mermaid story with a happy ending, like what the Sevenwaters Trilogy is for the story of the Swan Princes, with angst and romance and excitement. There doesn't even have to be actual tails involved (see? No fin fetish here), just the understanding that the Ariel character (did she actually have a name in the original HCA story? I don't recall one) is somehow from the sea.
There we go. Put that on my Christmas wish list :D