When her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming stepsisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.
When the newly-crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella's life. Ella becomes one with her pure heart when she meets the Prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes, and a little help from her fairy godmother, of course.
The traditional song "Lavender's Blue" features prominently in this movie. An earlier Disney movie, So Dear to My Heart (1948) also featured the same song, and it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song (for its rendition by Burl Ives). See more »
When Ella's father leaves on his last business trip, the pair of horses at the carriage he leaves in have no white on their legs. As he carriage pulls into the road (and the camera pans back to Ella), the horses each have four white legs (and are probably the same pair of bay hackney horses that bring Ella's father home in the opening scenes; each horse has a wide blaze on its face and four white stockings). This same pair of very distinctive horses also appear briefly at the beginning of the king's ball, when everyone is arriving. See more »
[Captain and Lady Tramaine walking into Cinderella's room]
There, see, I told you, there is no one of any importance.
[to Lady Tremaine]
We'll see about that.
Miss, you are requested and required to present yourself to your king.
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The MPAA rating screen at the end reads "PG-13," but the movie is actually rated "PG." See more »
My disappointment was hearing that critics had found fault with this work of perfection.
The characterisation has been thought through carefully and the temptation to make caricatures of the step-mother and her daughters consciously resisted.
The retelling of "Cinderella" (apparently known, in the 19th century, as "Cinderslut") with the benefits of modern techniques and processes is impeccable.
Often, films that are 'great works' suffer from some minor weakness or other, a detail not followed through, a hasty bit of editing, a clipped or overly long scene but never did I feel that could be said about Disney's film. "TLC" (tender loving care") from beginning to end.
True to Walt's original intentions, here is a film for all the family (well, some teenagers may want to wait a little).
Good luck, it's great to see memorable films making it to our screens.
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