Cinderella, the beautiful and kind-hearted daughter, sees her world turn upside down when her beloved mother dies, and her pained father remarries another woman, the wicked Lady Tremaine, who has two equally cruel daughters, the jealous Anastasia and Drizella. But, once more, things will go from bad to worse, When Cinderella's father, too, dies, leaving her all alone in the Lady's clutches to serve as her maid-of-all-work. Under those circumstances, a shabby and neglected Cinderella doesn't stand much of a chance of attending the King's royal ball--let alone, captivate the handsome Prince--unless she turns to her loving Fairy Godmother who has quite a few tricks up her sleeve. Nevertheless, will the wronged damsel ever find peace--and with it--her own Prince Charming ?Written by
Another possible source of the Cinderella story is not European in origin. It is the tale of Ye Xian by Chinese writer Duan Chengshi (d. 863). In this tale, Ye Xian is one of two daughters of a chieftain. Her mother died in childbirth and she is raised by her father and a stepmother, her father's other wife. Ye Xian is beautiful and kind, while her half-sister is ugly and cruel. When her father dies, Ye Xian is reduced to the role of a servant and is abused by her stepmother and half-sister. Eventually the spirit of her dead mother sends her a magical helper (in the form of a fish) to help her. When the time for a New Year festival comes and young maidens have the potential to meet suitors, the stepmother forces Ye Xian to stay home and clean. The magical fish grants her a wish, providing her with a beautiful dress and golden slippers. She charms men at the local festival but has to leave in haste to prevent being recognized by her family. She loses a golden slipper in the process. The slipper changes hands many times until it reaches the hands of a king. He is intrigued by the slipper and decides to find the woman who wore it. He conducts a search involving the shoe-fitting and eventually discovers Ye Xian. He marries her and she becomes his queen. Similar tales were later recorded in Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, and Vietnam. They may be variations of the same story and have a common source. Some of them are popular and have received their own adaptations. See more »
When Cinderella and the Prince are getting married, Cinderella wears a long-sleeved wedding gown. Afterwards, when we see them through the back window of the carriage, her gown has puffed sleeves. See more »
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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Delightful Disney animation with some pleasant songs...
When I first saw 'Cinderella', I found it surprising that the mice had so much to do whereas in the fairy tale they were just incidental creatures. But Disney saw that giving them a big role in the main storyline was the key to providing all the humor and suspense needed to spice up the predictable story. The leading mice, Gus and Jaq are delightful creations and the valiant band of mice are given amusing bits of business.
Artistically, the animation art has a rather glossy modern look despite the fact that it's an old, old story from 1697, a classic children's fairy tale that has been done countless times as either a film, a play or a ballet. But this version will charm Disney fans young and old with its imaginative use of animation and a splendid collection of tuneful songs.
A highlight is the 'Cinderella Work Song' in which the mice make a dress for the mistreated Cinderella, full of inventive comic touches and accompanied by the intricate blend of song and animation. Add to that 'So This Is Love', 'A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes' and 'Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo' and you have a charming version of the Charles Perrault story.
For villainy, the stepmother and her black cat (Lucifer) are two of the most brilliantly animated creatures in the film. The cat reminds me of a naughty black cat I once owned. The scene where the stepmother is stroking the cat as she gives Cinderella a list of chores is striking in its use of shadow and menace. Along with some dark touches, there is always a bubbling sense of humor, particularly in this sequence.
Cinderella herself comes across as a pleasant heroine with a sense of humor herself, lifelike in her movements and one of Disney's more successful human figures. Disney's artists did greater art work in other films but this is a well-structured work, a great combination of music and clever animation. The pace is fast, even allowing for extended scenes of the mice and their shenanigans for the sub-plot. And Lucifer, the cat, makes a wonderful foil for their tricks.
The Disney touch is evident in every scene and makes this charming blend of comedy, music and romance a film with timeless appeal.
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