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Cinderella (1950)

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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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Charles Perrault (from the original classic by), Bill Peet (story) (as William Peed) | 7 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilene Woods ... Cinderella (voice)
Eleanor Audley ... Lady Tremaine (voice)
Verna Felton ... Fairy Godmother (voice)
Claire Du Brey ... (as Claire DuBrey) (credit only)
Rhoda Williams Rhoda Williams ... Drizella (voice)
James MacDonald James MacDonald ... Jaq / Gus (voice) (as James Macdonald)
Helene Stanley ... (credit only)
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... King / Grand Duke (voice)
Don Barclay ... Doorman (voice)
Lucille Bliss ... Anastasia (voice)
Jeffrey Stone ... (voice) (as John Fontaine)
Mike Douglas ... Prince Charming (singing voice)
William Phipps ... Prince Charming (voice)
Marion Darlington Marion Darlington ... Birds (voice)
Earl Keen Earl Keen ... Bruno (voice)
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Storyline

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 Nick Riganas

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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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G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This was the last Disney animated film which Paul J. Smith and Charles Wolcott scored. They would continue to write the scores for live action movies until the 1960's. See more »

Goofs

An earlier goof report described the full moon at midnight during Cinderella's midnight escape in the carriage as being too close to the horizon for anywhere but polar regions. In fact the moon did not appear at all during this scene. Just before the clock started to chime at midnight, with Cinderella and the Prince on the bridge, the moon appears as a reflection in the water and can easily be high in the sky. Later, in the view of the palace in the wee hours with the Grand Duke agonizing about facing the King, the moon is rather low but not excessively so for a summer night at a hypothetical location in central Europe, which is much farther north than most of the USA. This looks like reasonable artistic liberty. 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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »


Soundtracks

So This Is Love
(1949) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Mack David, Jerry Livingston, and Al Hoffman
Performed by Ilene Woods and Mike Douglas
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Charming Fairy Tale
31 December 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Cinderella (1950)

*** (out of 4)

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La cenicienta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,300,000, 20 December 1981

Gross USA:

$93,141,149

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,383,330
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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