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Welcome Back! Today, we will be watching the Disney classic, Cinderella. Cinderella is one of Disney’s most well-known films. If someone hasn’t seen a Disney movie somehow, than I would think this movie would be the best example to use as an introduction to Disney movies. Cinderella is not only a popular Disney movie, but it’s probably one of the most popular fairy tales. There are so many versions from numerous countries. The first version of the fairy tale started all the way in China anywhere from 816-907 AD.
Disney was nearly bankrupt and had almost went out of business. That is until a princess with a glass slipper came along. Cinderella saved Disney. “It is considered one of the best American animated movies ever made,” selected by the American Film Institute. It received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Music, Original Song for Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. It is the 10th highest animated box office and the 57th highest movie.
Cinderella was the first Disney film to have its songs published and copyrighted by the Walt Disney Music Company. It is the first film to be worked on by all of the “Nine Old Men.” Cinderella has a score of 97 % on Rotten Tomatoes. According to the American Film Institute, it is considered the 9th best animated movie. Walt Disney’s favorite animation scene is when Cinderella’s transformation from her tattered pink dress to the silver dress.
Cinderella was produced by Walt Disney and was distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. It was released February 15, 1950 in Boston. The rest of the United States saw it March 4, 1950. Cinderella is Disney’s 12th animated film and the 16th film overall.
Cinderella was directed by Clyde Geronimi (The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Melody Time-101 Dalmatians), Hamilton Luske (Snow White-Fantasia, Saludos Amigos, Make Mine Music-Melody Time, Cinderella-Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, Mary Poppins), and Wilfred Jackson (Snow White-Dumbo, Saludos Amigos, Melody Time, Cinderella-Lady and the Tramp).
Cinderella was written by Ken Anderson (Snow White-Fantasia, Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Fun & Fancy Free, Melody Time, Cinderella-The Rescuers, The Secret of NIMH), Perce Pearce (Snow White, Fantasia, and Bambi), Homer Brightman (Saludos Amigos-Cinderella, The Woody Woodpecker Show, Popeye), Winston Hibler (Melody Time-Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, The Aristocats, Many Adv. of Winnie the Pooh), Bill Peet (Pinocchio-Dumbo, The Three Caballeros, Fun & Fancy Free, Cinderella-Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty-Sword in the Stone), Erdman Penner (Pinocchio, Fantasia, Make Mine Music, Melody Time-Sleeping Beauty), Harry Reeves (Saludos Amigos, Fun & Fancy Free-Cinderella), Joe Rinaldi (Dumbo, Fun & Fancy Free-Sleeping Beauty), Ted Sears (Snow White, Pinocchio, Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Fun & Fancy Free-Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty), and Maurice Rapf (Song of the South, So Dear to My Heart, Gnomes).
As mentioned earlier, Walt Disney was nearly bankrupt, because of World War 2. He lost the European market and most of his artists. While, now, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Bambi are classics, but originally, they were financial losses. Dumbo was the only one that made Disney some money. Bambi was their last full feature film. After, Bambi in 1945, Disney started making package films. The package films consisted of cartoon shorts put into one big movie. This was to help the studio stay afloat. It did keep the studio from going under, but it wasn’t an actual pay-off. The studio was over $4 million in debt.
In 1948, Disney returned to making feature films. They started the production of Cinderella. After, two years of production, in 1950 came Cinderella, and it was the big break Disney needed. “It became the greatest critical and commercial hit for the studio since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and helped reverse the studio’s fortunes.” (Wikipedia)
The budget was 2.9 million and the box office was 263.6 million.
The Making Of:
The 1930s and early 1940s, Disney movies really pushed the limits of film making and were really creative. They are considered the Golden Age. The 1950s and 1960s, Disney movies were considered to be some of Disney’s most beautiful movies and were more financial, but they weren’t as creative or pushed any limits. They are the Silver Age. Cinderella, is put in the Silver Age. Most people agree that Cinderella, is a combination of the two eras.
The live-action model (Helene Stanley) and the voice actress that played Cinderella (Ilene Woods) influenced Cinderella’s styling and mannerisms. Helene also was the live-action model for Anastasia (Cinderella’s step-sister), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), and Anita (101 Dalmatians). The animators modeled Prince Charming on actor Jeffrey Stone who provided additional voices for the film. Mike Douglas was the Prince’s singing voice while William Phipps recorded the Prince’s speaking voice.
(Helene Stanley x3) (Ilene Woods) (Jeffrey Stone, Stanley)
Like, Snow White, Cinderella’s prince was going to have more of an active role and have more character development. In one sequence, the Prince was shown hunting a deer, but at the end, it was revealed that the Prince and the deer were friends playing a game. In an alternative ending, when the Duke discovers the real Cinderella. Cinderella was shown being brought to the castle to be reintroduced to the Prince, but the Prince is surprised to learn that Cinderella was a servant girl instead of a Princess. The Prince doesn’t care in the end though, because his feelings were too strong for her and he embraces her. Then the Fairy Godmother reappears and transforms Cinderella into her ball gown for the final shot. Walt Disney decided to not use this, because he felt it was overlong and wouldn’t give the audience its pay off. The alternative ending does get shown in Kingdom Hearts.
Other deleted scenes include an abandoned song titled “Cinderella Work Song.” It was set to take place after Lady Tremaine tells Cinderella that she can go to the ball if she finishes her chores and has a dress. Cinderella then imagines herself being cloned into an army to divide up the work while pondering what the ball is like. There is another scene that took place after the ball. Cinderella returned home and was eaves dropping on her family talking about her without knowing it was her. Cinderella is amused by this, but Walt Disney cut this out, because he thought it made Cinderella too spiteful.
Ilene Woods (voice actress) beat exactly 309 girls for the part of Cinderella with demo recordings of her singing a few of the songs were presented to Walt Disney. However, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the role until Disney contacted her. She made the recordings for a few of her friends who sent them in without her knowledge. Walt thought that Woods had a fairy tale tone to her voice.
“During production, Walt Disney pioneered the use of overdubbed vocals for the song “Sing Sweet Nightingale”, before it had been used by artists in studio recordings such as the Beatles. When Ilene Woods had completed the days recording of “Sing Sweet Nightingale”, Walt listened and asked her if she could sing harmony with herself. She was apprehensive about the idea as it was unheard of; though she ended up singing the double recording, including second and third part harmonies. Ilene Woods reveals the innovation in an interview.” (Wikipedia)
- Supervising Animators: Marc Davis, Eric Larson, and Les Clark
- Supervising Animator of Lady Tremaine: Frank Thomas
- Supervising Animator of Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming: Milt Kahl
- Supervising Animator of Anastasia and Drizella Tremaine: Ollie Johnston
- Supervising Animators of Jaq and Gus: Ward Kimball and John Lounsbery
- Supervising Animators of Bruno: Ward Kimball, John Lounsbery, and Norman Ferguson
- Supervising Animators of Lucifer: Ward Kimball, Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, and Norman Ferguson
- Supervising Animators of the King: Milt Kahl and Norman Ferguson
- Supervising Animators of The Grand Duke: Frank Thomas, Milt Kahl, and Norman Ferguson
The scores are by Oliver Wallace (Dumbo, Make Mine Music, Fun & Fancy Free, Adv. of Ichabod & Mr. Toad-Lady and the Tramp) and Paul J. Smith (Snow Whit-Fantasia, Bambi-The Three Caballeros, Fun & Fancy Free-Cinderella). The music/words/songs is by Mack David (Alice in Wonderland, 77 Sunset Strip, Lawman), Jerry Livingston (Alice in Wonderland, 77 Sunset Strip, Lawman), and Al Hoffman (Alice in Wonderland, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, Ocean’s Eleven).
This was the first time Walt Disney turned to Tin Pan Alley (song writers) to write the songs. The music of Tin Pan Alley became a recurrent theme. Cinderella was the first Disney film to have its songs published and copyrighted by the new Walt Disney Music Company. During that time, music soundtracks weren’t really a thing. They weren’t marketable and the songs were sold to established music companies for sheet music production.
“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” became a hit single on four occasions. There was a cover version recorded by Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters.
The soundtrack was re-released for Walt Disney records on CD on February 4, 1997 and included a bonus demo. On October 4, 2005 a special edition of the soundtrack album of Cinderella, this includes several songs that were cut from the movie.
- Actor: Helene Stanley; The Snow of Kilimanjaro, Carnival Story, Tightrope
- Voice and Singer: Ilene Woods; On Stage Everybody, The Alan Young Show, A Disney Christmas Gift
- Prince Charming
- Actor: Jeffrey Stone; The Thing that Couldn’t Die, Knights of the Queen
- Voice: William Phipps; Homeward Bound, Five, Invaders from Mars
- Singer: Mike Douglas; Birds of Prey, The Love Boat, Gator
- Lady Tremaine: Eleanor Audley; Sleeping Beauty- Maleficent, Green Acres
- Anastasia Tremaine
- Actor: Helene Stanley; The Snow of Kilimanjaro, Carnival Story, Tightrope
- Voice and Singer: Lucile Bliss; Alice in Wonderland- Sunflower/Tulip, Peter Pan- Mermaid, 101 Dalmatians- TV Commercial Singer
- Drizella Tremaine: Rhoda Williams; Space Master X-7, The Heart is a Rebel
- Fairy Godmother
- Actor: Claire Du Brey; The Bishop’s Wife, The Devil-Doll, The Miracle
- Voice and Singer: Verna Felton; Dumbo- Elephant Matriarch/Mrs. Jumbo, Alice in Wonderland- Queen of Hearts, Lady and the Tramp-Aunt Sarah, Sleeping Beauty- Flora, The Jungle Book- Winifred
- Jaq/Gus/Bruno: James MacDonald; Fantasia- Percussionist, Chip, Fun & Fancy Free- Mickey Mouse, Mickey in Shorts, Humphrey the Bear, Alice in Wonderland- Dormouse, The Sword in the Stone- The Wolf, Winnie the Pooh- Bees, The Rescuers- Evinrude
- Lucifer: June Foray; Disney Shorts, Peter Pan- Mermaid/Squaw, Who Framed Roger Rabbit- Wheezy/Lena Hyena, DuckTales the Movie- Mrs. Featherby, Adv. of Gummi Bears- Grammi Gummi, Bonkers- Ma Barker, Mulan- Grandmother Fa
- Grand Duke/The King: Luis Van Rooten; As the World Turns, Champion
- Voice: Betty Lou Gerson; 101 Dalmatians- Cruella De Vil, Mary Poppins
- Singer: Marni Nixon; Mulan- Grandmother Fa Singing Voice, Alice in Wonderland- Singing Flowers, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music
Origins & Movies:
As mentioned earlier, Cinderella is one of the most popular fairy tales. It has numerous versions coming from all over the globe.
The first is from China: Ye Xian. It appeared in Miscellaneous Morsels from Yuanyuan by Duan Chengshi around 860. Then an Indonesian and Malaysian story called Bawang Merah Bawang Putih. Another version exists in the Philippines. Vietnam’s version is called Tam Cam. In Korea, the version is called Kongjwi and Patjwi. Several variants of Cinderella appear in One Thousand and One Nights/Arabian Nights. Cinderella appears in Britain from the story Cordelia in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae. Maah Pishooni appears in Iran.
In Pentamerone (1634) in Naples, Italy appears Cinderella. The most famous is Cendrillon by French author Charles Perrault in 1697. The German Grimm’s Brothers in 1812 is Aschenputtel. There are 1000’s of other versions, but these are the main versions of Cinderella.
Not only has it been adapted story wise times, it has been adapted numerous times in movies. Disney has two sequels- Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True and Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time. Cinderella 2 shows Cinderella’s life in the castle by using episodes. Honestly, it isn’t really good; it was definitely a cash grab. On the other hand, Cinderella 3 is basically about what would’ve happened if Cinderella hadn’t fit the glass slipper and is really good. Then in 2015, Disney released a live-action version to Cinderella, called Cinderella. It is pretty good and is basically the same as the animated version with a few differences. Also, in 1997, under their Buena Vista Television, they release a Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. It is a television movie that includes Brandy, Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg, and many others. I really recommend the movie if you haven’t seen it. In 2004, they released Ella Enchanted with Anne Hathaway which is about Ella being under a spell and has to do whatever the person says. I haven’t seen it in a long time, but I remember liking it. Here is a link for all the movies that Cinderella has been in:
|Cinderella 1899||Cinderella Blues 1931||Princess Cinderella 1941||Hey, Cinderella 1968||Cendrillion 1810|
|Cinderella or the Glass Slipper 1912||Poor Cinderella 1934||Cinderella 2 2002||Cindy 1978||La Cenerentola 1817|
|Cinderella 1914||Cinderella Meets Fella 1938||Cinderella 3 2007||Cinderella Monogatari 1996||Cinderella 1893|
|Elle Cinders 1926||Swing Shift Cinderella 1945||Another Cinderella Story 2008||Cinderella 1997||Cendrillion 1899|
|The Cookie Carnival 1935||Cinderella 1950||A Cinderella Story 2011||CinderElmo 1999||Aschenbrödel 1900|
|The Magic Shoes 1935||Senorella and the Glass Huarache 1964||A Cinderella Story 2016||Cinderella 2000||Cendrillion 1904|
|First Love 1939||Cinderella 1979||La Cenicienta 2003||Cinderella and the Prince 1904|
|Cinderella 1947||The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin 1981||Bawang Merah Bawang Putih 2004||Stubborn Cinderella 1909|
|The Glass Slipper 1955||The Magic Riddle 1991||Floricenta 2004||A Kiss for Cinderella 1916|
|Cinderfella 1960||Happily N’Ever After 2007||Floribella 2005||Hobson’s Choice 1916|
|Stop! Look! And Laugh 1960||Year of the Fish 2008||Floribella 2006||Mr. Cinders 1929|
|More than a Miracle 1967||Grazilda 2010||Cinderella 1945|
|Tři oříšky pro Popelku 1973||Rags 2012||Cinderella 1948|
|The Slipper and the Rose 1976||Aik Nayee Cinderella 2012||Cinderella 1957|
|Cinderella 1979||Cindy 1964|
|Ever After 1998||La Cenicienta 1966|
|A Cinderella Story 1994||The Penny Friend 1966|
|Ella Enchanted 2004||The Slipper and the Rose 1984|
|Cinderella 2006||Soho Cinders 08|
|Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale 2010||Cinderella 2013|
The original story (Disney’s version) is based on Cendrillon by Charles Perrault. Charles Perrault was a French author. He is known for Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, and many more. Disney’s version is similar to Perrault’s for the most part, but there are a few changes.
- In Perrault’s version, Cinderella was a spiteful nickname derived from the word “cinder” where she slept. Disney’s birth name is Cinderella.
- In Perrault’s version, Cinderella hid her abuse from her father, because he would’ve scolded her. He was entirely ruled by his wife.
- Cinderella never had any animal friends.
- It wasn’t one night, but two nights that Cinderella fell in love with the Prince. There were two balls, and the second ball is where everything happened. Cinderella also wore two different balls and slippers.
- The stepsisters plead for forgiveness which Cinderella does. They marry two lords. There is no mention of her father or step mother after the beginning of the story.
- Almost 30 years, before Walt Disney made Cinderella, Walt Disney made a short film of it as the last Laugh-o-Gram.
- “The clothes also received considerable attention. A scholar has demonstrated that Salvador Dalí, with whom Disney worked on the short Destino a few months before starting Cinderella, inspired the dress that Cinderella’s stepsisters tear apart and that the magic new gown worn by Cinderella at the ball references French haute couture and, more precisely, the style of Christian Dior, who traveled through the U.S. in 1947.” (Wikipedia)
- The transformation of Cinderella’s dress is Walt Disney’s favorite piece of animation.
- The Prince isn’t called Prince Charming or any other name in the movie.
- The carriage that Cinderella and Prince Charming take after the wedding has a hidden mickey on it.
- The animators were having trouble animating Lucifer. So, they ended up animating it after Ward Kimball’s cat.
- 90% of the film was done in live-action before animation.
- Helene Stanley was a live-action model for Cinderella, Anastasia, Aurora, and Anita.
- In the actual movie, Cinderella’s dress is a very light pale blue that looks nearly white. But later, in promotional materials, Cinderella wears blue. She also originally has light orange hair, but sequels depict her as a blonde.
- “When Walt Disney had the resources to return to full-length animation in the late 1940s after the war, he was indecisive over whether they should release Cinderella (1950) or Alice in Wonderland (1951) first and finally decided to have two animation crews working on each film compete with each other to see not only which would finish first but also which did the best job. As it turned out, “Cinderella” came first, being released in 1950, while “Alice” was not released until the following year.” (IMDB)
- Mike Douglas auditioned for the role of Prince Charming, but only got the singing part, because of his Chicago accent.
- All the animals originally were going to speak. Major had a song called Horse-Sense which she sang with Bruno.
- Walt Disney said Cinderella was his favorite fairy tale, because he saw himself in her shoes since they both worked hard and got rewarded for their work.
- A song called Dancing on a Cloud was cut from the film.
- Originally, there was a crow named Jabber with a dove for a love interest was originally in the film; he would’ve reported the news of the ball.
- Cinderella was going to have a pet turtle named Clarissa. Clarissa would’ve been transformed into the lady-in-waiting and fallen in love with Prince Charming’s valet.
- Professor LeFoot was Anastasia and Drizella’s music teacher.
- Cinderella appears in Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
- “The symbolic message of the glass slippers is that Cinderella is so delicate that she can walk in glass shoes and not break them. It is also symbolic how she can be comfortable in glass shoes, meaning that she can easily adapt to typically “uncomfortable” situations.” (DisneyWiki)
- There was a legend that Marilyn Monroe was the physical model of Cinderella. A critic said Cinderella was too voluptuous. In 1954, Marilyn Monroe was the queen of voluptuousness. But, Marilyn Monroe was neither connected to the Disney studio nor known in 1949, but that still did not stop the rumors.
- Cinderella is the first princess to be shown as a child.
- James MacDonald the voice of Jaq and Gus was the voice of Mickey at the time.
- “Gus’ full name is Octavius, presumably after the Roman Emperor who was later known as Caesar Augustus, hence “Gus”. Emperor Octavius was renamed Augustus when he became Caesar. In the French dub, he is named Gustav.” (DisneyWiki)
- Prince Charming was inspired by his live-action model/actor Jeffrey Stone. He was also inspired by the actor Gene Kelly.
- Ken O’ Conner looked to his wife, Mary Alice O’Connor, for inspiration when designing the Fairy Godmother. He tried to imagine how she’d look a few decades older.
- “The villain-victim relationship was one of the very best we had on any feature… Lady Tremaine was the only villain to live beside her victim day by day” Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas
- Lucifer was originally going to be Cinderella’s cat and in some versions female.
- Deleted Songs: Dancing on a Cloud, The Cinderella Work Song, The Face That I See in the Night, The Dress that my Mother Wore, and Sing a Little, Dream a Little
- Mary Blair was the main key position. She was in charge of color and styling. She was very influential in Disney movies, particularly Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella.
Cinderella is considered one of the best American animated films ever made. (American Film Institute)
It received 3 Academy Award nominations for Best Sound, Best Original Score, and Best Song for “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” in 1951. It won the Golden Bear award (Music Film) and the Big Bronze Plate award at the 1st Berlin International Film Festival in 1951. It was nominated for the 1960 Golden Berlin Award. It was nominated for the Hugo Awards in 1951. It was nominated for the Satellite Award in 2005. It won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1950. It was nominated for the Golden Lion in 1950. It won the Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award at the Young Artist Awards in 1999.
In 2008, the American Film Institute revealed Cinderella as the 9th Best Animated film. It was nominated for Best 100 Movies, Best 100 Passions, Best 100 Heroes and Villains (Lady Tremaine), Best 100 Songs (Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo and A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes), Greatest Movie Musicals, and Best 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition).
Cinderella has a score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
“The profits from the film’s release, with the additional profits from record sales, music publishing, publications and other merchandise gave Disney the cash flow to finance a slate of productions (animated and live action), establish his own distribution company, enter television production and begin building Disneyland during the decade.” (Wikipedia)
Disney claimed that if Cinderella was a failure, then the studio would have to close. The film was a box office success and allowed Disney to keep making films. It was the 5th most popular movie at the British box in 1951.
“Despite the popularity and critical acclaim of the film, Cinderella is among the most controversial of the Disney protagonists. Various reviewers have called her too passive, one-dimensional, bland, colorless, banal, and a bit of a gold-digger who seeks a wealthy man to marry. Others feel that she is upstaged by some of the more intriguing supporting characters. On the other hand, positive views of the character praise her hard-working nature, her patience, her design and style, her role as a fashion icon. She is also compared positively to her predecessor Snow White, since she is actually a more active character and plays a larger role in her own film.” (IMDB)
- Others have pointed out that the movie shows that a woman’s goal in life is to get married. That woman’s places are only in the home. That beauty is the only reason Cinderella was chosen. It influences women that they have to be beautiful, skinny, and white to be a princess and things like that. People state that Cinderella is the worst role model for women. She is passive, never does anything for herself, and waits around to be saved from her situation. Some accuse her of being a gold digger and some suggest that she should’ve ran away or fight to escape her situation. The Prince only falls in love with Cinderella, because she is beautiful. Also, that since Lady Tremaine is old, and then old people are evil (or something like that).
In Defense of Cinderella:
Alright, so first I’m not sure why people say that Cinderella should’ve left or done something. What do people expect her to do? This wasn’t the 21st century. This was the 1800s. If people still today, have trouble escaping bad situations, wouldn’t it be more difficult in the past? If Cinderella escaped, than she would’ve either a) been a prostitute or b) homeless/dead. Women didn’t have alternatives like now. She really didn’t have any other options besides stay. She was also absolutely terrified of Lady Tremaine. While, there is no evidence that Lady Tremaine physically abused her, there is evidence that psychologically she abused her. That obviously messes with someone. Cinderella did the best with what she could.
Cinderella isn’t weak at all. She deals with a ton of crap. She is literally a slave in her own house. The woman that is supposed to love and care for her hates her and abuses her. The step-sisters aren’t any different either. They are incredibly mean. She is so lonely that she befriends the animals. She also has to constantly clean, cook, and whatever else they order her to do. She doesn’t get any time to herself. Also, she isn’t a weak character. She is very snarky. Whenever someone tells her something, under her breath, she’ll say things. She isn’t the confrontational type, but I don’t see why that is a bad thing. A lot of people are like that, including me.
Cinderella isn’t a gold digger either. She doesn’t even notice that Prince Charming is a Prince until the next day. Her dream isn’t to be rich or be a princess. Her dream is to escape from the hell she lives, even if it is just for one night. I don’t think that makes her a bad person or bland. Everything that she has been through, I think she deserves at least one night of freedom. She just happens to fall in love with a Prince. It is the same as Ariel. Her goal was to be a human, but the icing on the cake was Eric.
The whole “woman’s goal in life” is to marry and stay home, and that is Cinderella’s fault. I don’t understand how that is Cinderella’s fault. That was how it was like in the 1800s and the 1950s. Cinderella was a product of her time. It isn’t fair to hold her to our standards of today. As I stated previously, Cinderella did the best she could with the options that were given to her. Besides, Cinderella didn’t just do nothing to obtain her dream. When her stepmother gave her ridiculous demands, instead of not doing anything, she went to work right away to try to make her dream come true. Then the next morning, when she finds out about the Duke, she makes every effort instead of staying with her family to go to the Duke and try on the glass slipper.
Then the argument about Cinderella influencing women that they have to be skinny, beautiful, and white. I hate this argument. First, Cinderella is a cartoon character. She isn’t real. It isn’t her responsibility to be a role model. It is up to parents to discuss to their children that it is fantasy. Also, she had a live-action actress along with all of the other Disney princesses and characters. She was based on Helene Stanley. Anyways, someone doesn’t have to be white, skinny, etc. to be Cinderella or any of the Disney characters. The beauty of Disney is that anyone can be Disney.
“Cinderella only got saved, because she was beautiful. If she was ugly, she wouldn’t have been saved.” Well, one there is no way to know that, so assumptions shouldn’t be made. Also, Cinderella wasn’t just beautiful on the outside, but beautiful on the inside. Her animal friends didn’t care about her beauty, but they still saved her countless times. At the ball, there were countless of beautiful women. Yet, the Prince wasn’t interested in any of them. Cinderella wasn’t prettier than any of them, but the Prince felt there was something different about Cinderella. That is what ultimately what caught his interest of Cinderella.
Also, Cinderella wasn’t saved by some Prince like everyone thinks. The Prince never saves her at all. He doesn’t even go look for her. It was the Fairy Godmother (a woman), her animal friends, and herself that save her out of her situation. The Fairy Godmother helps her because Cinderella has always been kind and good. The animal friends help Cinderella, because she is a friend to them. She helps them and they help her. Like Snow White, it is their personalities that end up saving them.
Last, the reason “Lady Tremaine is evil is because she is old.” I don’t know where people come up with these dumb theories, but that doesn’t make any sense. Lady Tremaine is actually really pretty, just like the Evil Queen. The things that make them ugly are what are on the INSIDE. It isn’t the outside that makes them ugly. The Fairy Godmother is an older and bigger woman, but she is still good.
“Accepting such help doesn’t diminish Cinderella’s strength of character, but enhances her in recognizing that she, like all of humanity, will never be perfect. Her handsome prince and happy ending aren’t only a reward for her righteous dealings with her step-family, but also for her strong actions in changing her own future, regardless of what help she received.” (nerdology.org) So, I think I covered everything and got my point across. That is all I have to say about those issues.
Cinderella, along with most other Disney movies, doesn’t have a set location or time period. They are basically just their own fantasy place. But, if they were set in the real world, this is where I believe they would be.
“The story takes place roughly in June. In the movie, the sun rises slightly before 6:00 AM (in France), as it would within a few weeks of the summer solstice. Also by this time, a pumpkin would have grown to 20-40 pounds.” (IMDB)
The village is shown to have gas lamps near the roads, which strongly implies that Cinderella takes place during the early to mid-19th century (as that was when gas lamps entered development).
“Cinderella was born to wealthy, unnamed parents, who treated their daughter with great love. The family resided in a French chateau, just beyond a small but powerful kingdom.” (Disney Wiki) “His equitation outfit is a dark brown vest with a creme V-neck with a “French necktie”, much popular the male clothes in the 1800s with light brown pants, with long sleeves, going to to the wrist and brown boots.” (DisneyWiki)
Along with all that, there are all the French names, most of the clothing (not really Cinderella’s but the others), the chateau, and the original author being in France in the 1870s-1880s. So, that combined with the earlier evidence is why I think it is France.
So, I believe Cinderella is set in France in June of either the 1870s or the 1880s.
- Cinderella: Strawberry-blond wears a brown and white maid outfit. She also wore a frilly, pink and white dress with pink ribbons. Her iconic outfit is a very light blue (closer to silver) sparkly ball gown with white gloves, glass slippers, a choker, and an up-do. Her wedding dress is a white dress with a petticoat and tiara. Her estimated age is 19. While, she was raised in abuse and slavery, Cinderella still remained kind, sweet, and humble. Cinderella always remains optimistic of the possibilities of a brighter future. She rescues the mice and maintains strong friendships with the mice and other animals. While obedient, Cinderella has shown numerous times that she is witty and sarcastic. Her goal is to escape her life of misery and abuse.
- Prince Charming: The love interest of Cinderella. He has short brown hair with a cream royal jacket, red pants, and black boots. Prince Charming does not show any interest in any of the other females that are interested him until he sees Cinderella who does not seem to care about his status. It shows that he wants someone that would want him for him, and that he doesn’t care about tradition. He also wants to marry for love. Other than that, he doesn’t really have any personality until Cinderella 3. (His real name is not Prince Charming. He only gets the name from merchandise. Like, The Prince in Snow White, he is never given a name, but to differentiate the Princes from the movies, I will call him Prince Charming.
- Lady Tremaine: Lady Tremaine is an older woman with grey hair, green eyes, and a red dress with a cane. The villain of the movie. She is Cinderella’s stepmother. She doesn’t harm Cinderella physically, but she abuses her mentally. She is jealous of Cinderella. She is a socialite who wants to be rich and of higher status. She strongly believes in grace and self-control. She has a sinister glare. She is very manipulative, cruel, jealous, and spiteful.
- Anastasia Tremaine: Anastasia is the youngest sister and the step-sister of Cinderella. She has red hair and wears a long magenta gown. Anastasia dislikes Cinderella. She is selfish and spoiled. She is ungraceful and mean. She does know how to play the flute, but has big feet. She tends to fight with her sister, Drizella.
- Drizella Tremaine: Drizella is the oldest sister and the step-sister of Cinderella. She has dark brown hair and wears a yellow-green dress. Drizella is ugly on the outside and inside. She isn’t graceful and has a terrible voice. She tries to destroy Cinderella’s life and is very jealous of Cinderella. She is selfish, spoiled, and greedy. She has big feet.
- Jaq: Jaq is a skinny little mouse that wears all red. He is the leader of the mice and best friends with Gus. He cares about Cinderella. Jaq is very brave. He confronts Lucifer the cat. Jaq is very smart and loves to talk.
- Gus: Gus is a bigger mouse that wears a little yellow shirt and green hat. His real name is Octavius. Gus isn’t that smart and he can’t really speak as well as Jaq. He is very kind though and cares a lot about Cinderella. He loves to eat.
- Lucifer: Lucifer is a poofy, black cat. He is evil. He is sneaky, wicked, and loves to eat mice. He is spoiled and his loyalty is only to Lady Tremaine. He tries to sabotage Cinderella’s plans. He also likes to get the other animals in trouble. Lucifer is clever and cunning.
- Fairy Godmother: Fairy Godmother is a plump older woman with a pink bow and blue cloak. She is a kind and genuine with a pure heart. She serves as hope in Cinderella’s life. She is wise, but absent-minded, tending to forget things easily. She dislikes when others are cruel.
- Other Characters: Bruno, Major, King, Grand Duke, Herald, Royal Guards, Cinderella’s Father, Birds, and Other Mice (3 Males: Bert, Mert, and Luke) (3 Females: Mary, Suzy, and Perla) (Those are the prominent mice, Mary being the most well-known, but there are other mice.)
- Cinderella: Introduction song that plays over the beginning credits.
- A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: Cinderella’s anthem. Cinderella sings as she is waking up about to start her day. Cinderella uses the song to encourage herself and her friends to never stop believing. The song’s theme is shown constantly throughout the movie.
- Oh, Sing Sweet Nightingale: It is first sung badly by Drizella as Anastasia plays the flute. Then Cinderella sings as she mops up the floor. She uses it to make her work less unbearable.
- The Work Song: It is sung by the mice as they help fix Cinderella’s dress. The mice use the song to get the work done.
- Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo: It is sung by the Fairy Godmother as she casts the spell to transform Cinderella’s dream into real life. It is used to create magic.
- So This is Love: The love ballad sung by Cinderella and Prince Charming. They sing it as they dance in the ball. It is used to show the two falling in love.
Before the Movie:
It has been awhile since I’ve seen Cinderella, but I used to watch it all the time when I was little. I loved Cinderella. I already own the DVD. I did find it on YouTube, but it is in small clips.
Basically, Cinderella is born to wealthy parents who live in a French chateau. Cinderella’s mother passes away, and her father believes that Cinderella needs a mother figure. So, he remarries to Lady Tremaine who has two daughters around Cinderella’s age. Cinderella’s father died and Cinderella was left alone with her step-mother and step-sisters. Lady Tremaine hated Cinderella. She essentially treated Cinderella as a slave in Cinderella’s house. She abuses her psychologically, and her step-sisters are extremely cruel to her. Cinderella’s only escape is to dream of a better life. She becomes friends with the animals in the house: birds, mice, a dog, and a horse. They all help each other.
Then we go to the King whose wish is to have grandchildren, but his only son doesn’t seem to want that. So, the King decides to hold a ball where all eligible maidens can attend in hope that his son will be interested. So, he sends the invites out. Cinderella gets the invites and shows her “family.” Lady Tremaine says Cinderella can go if Cinderella finishes her chores and finds a suitable dress to wear.
Cinderella decides to revamp her mother’s dress, but she doesn’t have any time. She has to do her long list of chores. So, the mice and the birds decide to help Cinderella. They make her dress by taking things that the other step-sisters didn’t want and show Cinderella. Cinderella finishes her chores and has a suitable dress to wear. Lady Tremaine doesn’t want Cinderella to go. So, she manipulates her daughters into destroying the dress, and then they leave Cinderella there.
Cinderella is devastated and sobs. Then the Fairy Godmother appears and grants Cinderella’s wish. In one of the most magical piece of animation, Cinderella and her friends are transformed suitable for a ball. Cinderella leaves and appears at the ball, but she has only till midnight and the magic will go away. She ends up dancing with the Prince who she doesn’t know who the Prince is. They fall in love, but Cinderella has to leave before the clock strikes. The Prince tries to chase her, but misses her. She ends up leaving a slipper.
Cinderella ends up home, back to how she looked before. The next morning Lady Tremaine notices Cinderella humming and realizes that Cinderella is the girl at the ball. So, she locks her up. The King sends the Duke to look at all the woman’s feet to find the missing girl. They end up at Cinderella’s place. They try it on Anastasia and Drizella, but their feet are too big. Jaq and Gus end up getting the key from Lady Tremaine’s pocket, and letting Cinderella out.
Cinderella stops the Duke in time, and tries on the slipper which of course fits. Cinderella and Prince Charming end up getting married. Bruno, Major, the birds, and the mice are all seen at Cinderella’s palace. So, it is assumed that they live at Cinderella’s castle. Cinderella and Prince Charming kiss. Then the book closes and it ends with “and they lived happily ever after.”
I am glad they decided to take out the dream sequence where Cinderella imagines multiple versions of herself and she’s singing. The segment would’ve taken away the dreamy feel to Cinderella which is the main point of Cinderella, and the song wasn’t that good. It doesn’t go with the movie. I’m glad that they chose So This is Love instead of Dancing on a Cloud. The previous song is better and the scene goes well with it. I do wish they kept a few scenes from the Dancing with the Clouds, because they were really pretty. Most of the deleted songs and scenes didn’t really fit the movie, so I am glad that they didn’t use it.
Most of the characters are really good from minor to major characters. Lady Tremaine is a full-fleshed villain. She is menacing, memorable, and just the way a villain should be. Anastasia and Drizella are definitely what I would think of the ugly step-sisters. All the animal characters are great and although minor characters, they really help bring out the movie, especially Lucifer. Although, the Fairy Godmother is only in one scene, she is very memorable and entertaining. The King and Grand Duke are funny. Cinderella is a wonderful character. She is beautiful on the outside and inside. She is kind, optimistic, sassy, and brave. She is what a princess should be.
The music is absolutely beautiful. They really fit the movie and give it this dreamy feel which is the core of Cinderella. There is only one song that isn’t necessary for the movie, but it is a beautiful song. The scores are amazing and they help set the tone. When Cinderella is locked up and the score is playing, you can feel yourself tensing up.
The animation is absolutely stunning. The segment with Cinderella’s transformation is Walt’s favorite piece of animation, and for good reason. It is one of the most stunning pieces ever, and even the few people that dislike Cinderella like that scene. It is iconic and memorable. The entire movie is just beautiful.
The voice actors are amazing. All of the actors are iconic and most go on to play other roles in Disney. Ilene Woods was an amazing choice for Cinderella. She really captures Cinderella. Eleanor Audley is an amazing Lady Tremaine. She captures her perfectly. I could never imagine anyone else doing her voice. Verna Felton is an amazing Fairy Godmother. And, so are all the other voice actors.
The story has a few holes, but for the most part it is really good. It takes most of the book, but still makes it into its own. It is iconic and has become the most memorable Cinderella.
I do wish that they kept the scene with the Prince and the deer. The Prince suffers from having no personality. We don’t know anything about him except that Prince Charming wants to fall in love. He isn’t even given a name like the Prince in Snow White. I understand why they couldn’t. Since, animating men is really difficult and in the original story, the Prince is hardly a part of the film. But, I think if given just a few scenes would’ve really helped him and the movie overall. It’s pretty difficult to believe they fell in love without even knowing each other’s names. I just wish the story built a little more on that and gave Prince Charming some personality. (and a name)
So, the other things that bother me are the mice. I do like Jaq and Gus, but it seems like they are the majority of the movie. I think the movie should’ve focused more on Cinderella and Prince Charming. Keep the mice for the important parts, but get rid of them for the other parts. Put Cinderella in it or The Prince and just add more to their personalities or their relationship. I feel like that could’ve helped the movie so much and stop a lot of the criticism that it gets now.
Some of Cinderella’s clothing bothers me. They seem so “modern” instead of 1800s and it looks kind of out of place. Don’t get me wrong, they are beautiful, but when you look at it, next to the rest of the movie. It just looks weird, especially the pink dress and the wedding dress. Cinderella’s ball gown isn’t that bad. It looks a lot older, but the pink and wedding dress look like they are from the 1950s. I think that is also why people complain about Cinderella not escaping her situation, because she looks like a “modern” princess and she could just “escape.” (I don’t believe that, but I think that might be why the critics think that) I think if they were to make the outfits older, then it would solve some of the complaints and make the movie look better.
Also, this doesn’t have to do with the movie, but I can’t stand what they did to Cinderella now. Cinderella has been shown mostly with blond hair and a blue dress, but as seen in the movie; Cinderella wears a closer to silver color and strawberry-blonde (orangish) hair. She doesn’t wear that blue or blonde hair, but everyone thinks she does, because of marketing. Now, they have Cinderella just completely different and she looks so terrible (along with the other princesses). I just can’t stand it.
Cinderella is an amazing Disney classic. It has been iconic and memorable for decades. Cinderella has top-notch animation, beautiful music, amazing characters, voice actors, and a great story. The characters are full-fleshed, even the minor characters. Cinderella is an impressive princess who has a heart full of gold. Lady Tremaine is a terrifying villain that works so well, because she could be anyone in the real world. The side characters are funny. The only problem with the characters is some of the minor characters tend to occasionally overshadow the major characters. Also, Prince Charming lacks personality, but that has to deal with the original story and the animator’s lack of confidence in making a realistic prince. Besides that, Cinderella doesn’t have any problems. It is truly a beautiful film and will be remembered for more decades to come. I do recommend to both adults and children. Overall, I rate is an A+.
My favorite character is the iconic Cinderella. She isn’t my favorite princess, but I could relate to her. She’s trapped in a situation that she can’t escape from and she deals with it the best way she knows how to. She is quiet, sweet, sarcastic, and snarky. She is loved, because she is beautiful on the outside and inside.
My favorite song is Sing, Sweet Nightingale. I know that it doesn’t really have a point in the movie, but I think the song is really pretty. The song is addicting and will get stuck in your head. Ilene’s voice is absolutely beautiful. The animation surrounding the song is beautiful. Also, I thought it was cool the first time harmonies and double recordings were used.
My favorite scene is when Cinderella’s dress is transformed. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of animation. Cinderella was so sad, and then her whole face just lit up when she saw herself. Something so little made her unbelievably happy, and it was just really sweet.
What did you think of the movie? Who was your favorite character?
Next, up would’ve been Erase una vez, but I can’t find nor does it have a Wikipedia page. It was directed by Alexandre Cirici-Pellicer. It was from Spain and traditional. Then it would’ve been Immer Wieder Gluck, but I can’t find it either nor does it have a Wikipedia page. It was directed by Ferdinand Diehl. It was from West Germany and stop-motion.
Then there would’ve been Johnny the Giant Killer, but it is under an hour. So, I’m not doing a review on it. It was directed by Jean Image and is traditional. It is from France. If you would like to watch it, here is the link:
The next movie would’ve been Prince Bayaya, but I can’t find it. It was directed by Jiri Trnka. It was stop-motion and released in Czechoslovakia.
Finally, the movie that we will be doing next is Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. I don’t hate the movie and I don’t think it is a bad movie, but it is one of the few Disney movies that I don’t really like. I usually get bored when watching it. So, till next time and thank you for reading.
(I do not own pictures, videos, etc. My information came from my own knowledge of the film, Cinderella DVD, Wikipedia, IMDB, and DisneyWiki.)