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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. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+ 3.5
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 74
Theater Release: 15 Feb 1950
Video Release: 01 Oct 2012
MPAA Rating: G
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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!

Cinderella is rated G:

Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Cast: Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, William Phipps
Studio: 1950 Walt Disney Pictures

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