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Cinderella (1950)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Fantasy | 4 March 1950 (USA)
When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cinderella (voice)
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Lady Tremaine (voice)
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Fairy Godmother (voice)
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(as Claire DuBrey) (credit only)
Rhoda Williams ...
Drizella (voice)
James MacDonald ...
Jaq / Gus (voice) (as James Macdonald)
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(credit only)
Luis Van Rooten ...
King / Grand Duke (voice)
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Doorman (voice)
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Anastasia (voice)
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(voice) (as John Fontaine)
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Prince Charming (singing voice)
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Prince Charming (voice)
Marion Darlington ...
Birds (voice)
Earl Keen ...
Bruno (voice)
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Storyline

In a far away, long ago kingdom, Cinderella is living happily with her mother and father until her mother dies. Cinderella's father remarries a cold, cruel woman who has two daughters, Drizella and Anastasia. When the father dies, Cinderella's wicked stepmother turns her into a virtual servant in her own house. Meanwhile, across town in the castle, the King determines that his son the Prince should find a suitable bride and provide him with a required number of grandchildren. So the King invites every eligible maiden in the kingdom to a fancy dress ball, where his son will be able to choose his bride. Cinderella has no suitable party dress for a ball, but her friends the mice, led by Jaques and Gus, and the birds lend a hand in making her one, a dress the evil stepsisters immediately tear apart on the evening of the ball. At this point, enter the Fairy Godmother, the pumpkin carriage, the royal ball, the stroke of midnight, the glass slipper, and the rest, as they say, is fairy tale ... Written by filmfactsman

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Here to set a spark in your heart and a sparkle in your eye...the world's best-loved story...told with Walt Disney's wizardry! See more »


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4 March 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La cenicienta  »

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Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$34,100,000 (USA)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Prince is never called "Prince Charming" in the film, nor is he given any personal name. See more »

Goofs

One of the girls presented to the Prince at the ball is introduced as a Princess. Why is a Princess, whom we must presume the Prince knows already, at the ball? See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Once upon a time in a faraway land, there was a tiny kingdom; peaceful, prosperous, and rich in romance and tradition. Here in a stately chateau, there lived a widowed gentleman, and his little daughter, Cinderella. Although he was a kind and devoted father, and gave his beloved child every luxury and comfort, still, he felt she needed a mother's care. And so he married again, choosing for his second wife, a woman of good family, with two daughters just Cinderella's age, by name, ...
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Crazy Credits

In lieu of a cast list, the opening credits specify "with the talents of" followed by nine names: Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Claire Du Brey, Rhoda Williams, James Macdonald, Helene Stanley, Luis Van Rooten, and Don Barclay. However, only seven of these persons provided voices for the animated characters (according to studio records) and are listed in the cast. Both Stanley and Du Brey were live action models to help the artists animate the humans. They were placed in the miscellaneous section. See more »

Connections

Referenced in An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Mack David, Jerry Livingston, and Al Hoffman
Performed by Ilene Woods
Reprised by the mice as they are working on Cinderella's dress for the ball.
Reprised by the Jud Conlon Chorus in the finale
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Enchanting and enthralling adaption of a classic fairy tale.
20 May 2000 | by (Murray Hill, NJ) – See all my reviews

Walt Disney's CINDERELLA takes a story everybody's familiar with and embellishes it with humor and suspense, while retaining the tale's essential charm. Disney's artists provide the film with an appealing storybook look that emanates delectable fairy tale atmosphere. It is beautifully, if conventionally, animated; the highlight being the captivating scene where the Fairy Godmother transforms a pumpkin into a majestic coach and Cinderella's rags to a gorgeous gown. Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston provide lovely songs like "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" that enhance both the scenario and the characters.

Even though CINDERELLA's story is predictable, it provides such thrilling melodrama that one shares the concerns and anxieties of the titular heroine and her animal friends. Both the wicked stepmother and her dreadful cat Lucifer present a formidable menace that threatens the dreams and aspirations of Cinderella and the mice. It is this menace that provides the story with a strong conflict that holds the viewers' interest. The film's suspense, however, is nicely balanced by a serene sweetness, especially in the musical numbers. It is in these segments that reveal the appealing personalities of Cinderella and her friends, moving the viewers to care for them. Overall, Walt Disney's CINDERELLA is wonderful family entertainment that has held up remarkably well after half a century.


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