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Cinderella

After the death of her father, a beautiful young woman is reduced to the status of maid by her jealous and wicked stepmother. The whole family will enjoy watching dreams come true compliments of a fairy godmother in this charming, Disney animated classic tale.

Overall Grade: B+
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Release Date: 15 Feb 1950
Run Time: 74
MPAA Rating: G

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In-Depth Review

Any child who has ever balked at being asked to clean their room or perform a few household chores will certainly relate to the hardships of Cinderella in Disney's 1950 animated adaptation of this fairytale.

The untimely death of the beautiful young woman's (voiced by Ilene Woods) kindly father leaves her in the unscrupulous hands of his second wife. The wicked stepmother (voice of Eleanor Audley), looking out for the best interests of her own daughters (voices of Rhoda Williams and Lucille Bliss) takes advantage of the situation and quickly adjusts the pecking order. Poisoned by their envy, the rather dysfunctional stepfamily demotes Cinderella to maid and barks out their commands with smug glee. Seeing no other choice, the good-natured girl accepts her lot and settles into a life of servitude, resigned to only fantasize about happiness.

After scrubbing and cooking for years (but always with a song), her monotony is broken when an invitation from the castle arrives. The King (voice of Luis Van Rooten) has scheduled a Royal ball that every eligible bachelor-ette in the realm is expected to attend so the fastidious Prince (voice of Mike Douglas) may choose a bride. In a flurry of excitement, the preparations begin. Even Cinderella is told that she can go... if she completes a grueling list of chores and if she has a dress to wear.  Against impossible odds, the mopping maiden astonishes her taskmasters with the completed assignments and a recycled evening gown. But this is more than her cruel stepsiblings can take and in a flash, they tear up any hope she might have had for a night out.

Lost in the depths of despair Cinderella throws in the dishtowel at this final defeat. That is, until she receives a visit from none other than her enchanting wand-wielding fairy Godmother (voice of Verna Felton). In a "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" Cinderella's world is magically altered. However the rags to riches spell only provides a few hours in which to make her dreams come true!

Perfect for all ages, this timeless classic illustrates the power of optimism and how it is possible to blossom, even in adversity. Tonight, give your family the royal treatment by enjoy an evening in with Cinderella... that is, if all your work is done!

Content Details: Beyond the Movie Ratings...

Overall: B After the death of her father, a beautiful young woman is reduced to the status of maid by her jealous and wicked stepmother. The whole family will enjoy watching dreams come true compliments of a fairy godmother in this charming, Disney animated classic tale.

Violence: A- The very mild animated violence includes characters chased numerous times by a cat, rage vented by throwing items, a crash into a suit of armor, a fall from great height, and a characters clothes being torn.

Sexual Content: A A man kisses the back of a woman’s hand. A couple kisses and embraces. A character kisses the top of another’s head.

Language: A Mild insults only.

Drugs/Alcohol: A- A couple of characters smoke cigars.

Discussion Ideas: Talk About the Movie...

While it often works in fairytales, waiting for a “prince to come” and “make all your dreams come true,” is not a very proactive approach to life’s problems. What things might Cinderella do herself to improve her situation? Are there things in your life that you are waiting for someone else to fix? Is there anything you could do to change your circumstances?

Although Cinderella is in an abusive situation, for young ones not so hard-done-by the story might imply that work is a punishment, and that living happily ever after means a life of leisure. Do you believe this is true?

Video alternatives

Disney has produced sequels to this movie: Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella 3. For a portrayal of Cinderella with a little more backbone and attitude, try Ever After. For other fairytales that have received the Disney treatment, check out Peter Pan, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, and Beauty And The Beast.

Home Video Notes

Home Video Notes: Cinderella

Release Date:2 October 2012

Disney’s version of Cinderella, which debuted in 1950, is releasing to home video in a variety of packages.

Cinderella Trilogy (Blu-ray)

- Limited edition 6-Disc Set

- Jewelry Box Packaging

Cinderella: Diamond Edition (2 Disc)

- 2-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD)

- “Tangled Ever After Animated Short

- Behind the Magic: A New Disney Princess Fantasyland

- Diane Disney Miller Intro

- Personalized Digital Storybook: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-You (Disney Second Screen Experience)

- The Magic of the Glass Slipper: A Cinderella Story

- DisneyView

Cinderella: Diamond Edition (3 Disc)

- 3-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy)

- “Tangled Ever After Animated Short

- Behind the Magic: A New Disney Princess Fantasyland

- Diane Disney Miller Intro

- Personalized Digital Storybook: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-You (Disney Second Screen Experience)

- The Magic of the Glass Slipper: A Cinderella Story

DVD Notes: Walt Disney’s Cinderella; Platinum Edition

DVD Release Date: 4 October 2005

With the wave of their magic wand, Walt Disney Studios presents their classic animation, Cinderella clothed in an all-new digital restoration (which polishes up the picture, original theatrical sound track, and features a 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix). This 2-disc set offers a pumpkin-coach full of extras. Film fans will enjoy Back Stage—Disney’s collection of deleted scenes and making-of info. Young gamers will want to get their hands on the interactive attractions The House of Royalty, The Royal Life and Princess Pajama Jam. Appealing to contemporary fans, Disney’s current crop of stars perform some of the movie’s most popular songs, while the older generation should be entertained by a collection of true-life “Cinderella” moments in sports history. This Platinum Edition is the first time Disney’s Cinderella has been put to DVD. Language tracks are provided in English, French and Spanish.

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