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
According to Les Harding in his book "They Knew Marilyn Monroe", a popular legend arose that Marilyn Monroe was the physical model for Cinderella. It seemed that someone within the Disney organization heard a critic say that Cinderella was too voluptuous. This was in 1954, and the reigning queen of voluptuousness was Marilyn Monroe. The fact that Monroe was not connected to the Walt Disney Productions and was all but unknown in 1949 when the film was in production, did not stop the rumormongers. An actress named Helene Stanley was the actual model for Cinderella. See more »
Cinderella's right slipper is the one that was left on her foot after the Fairy Godmother's spell ended, but when she presents it to the Grand Duke after the other slipper is broken, he slips it onto her left foot. 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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In the 1988 video, instead of the original RKO logo, the film opens with the complete Walt Disney Pictures logo, with the Walt Disney Pictures theme replacing part of the title song. For the 1995 video, the portion of the song was restored, but a Buena Vista credit replaced the RKO logo. (The 1995 laserdisc used the original RKO logo; the familiar blue logo appears before and after the film, but not replacing any part. In the 2012 Blu-Ray/DVD, the familiar blue logo wasn't used at all and the original RKO logo was restored.) For the 2005 DVD, the movie opens with a shortened Walt Disney Pictures logo accompanied by the part of the song that played with the RKO logo. See more »
Very charming animated feature from Disney about the abused Cinderella who is kept from a Royal ball by her wicked stepmother. Thankfully, with the help from some birds and mice, Cinderella manages to get to the ball where she's a hit with the Prince. Cinderella isn't the most original Disney film when you consider that the story had already been filmed before and I'm sure most little girls already knew of it. With that said, as familiar as the story is, the movie still makes for an entertaining 74-minutes. I think the biggest reason for the success is that the story itself is one I'm sure most little girls dream about and I'm sure many can connect with the lead character. I think the film remains entertaining for boys as well thanks to the supporting players including the mice who easily steal the picture. The battles between the mice and the overweight cat were a lot of fun and there are some terrific sequences with the two including one where two of the mice try to get some jewelry but the cat isn't going to turn them over without a fight. Another great sequence happens towards the end when Cinderella is trapped in an attic and the mice must come to her rescue. The vocal performance are all extremely good with Ilene Woods standing out as the title character. The animation is at the highest level, which you'd expect from Disney. Again, I think this falls well short of being a "great" film but there's no doubt that it's fast, fun and contains some memorable characters and a charming story.
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