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Animation, Kids & Family, and Musicals & Performing Arts movie directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, and Wilfred Jackson

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Forget glass, try the Platinum...

  • Sep 27, 2005
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(First off, thank you Amazon, that was very awesome of you!)

Cinderella is unique in its scope, and its all too obvious that Sir Walt was in love with it.

After watching the behind the scenes footage on Bambi, and listening to the archived audio footage of Disney himself having a round table discussion about the story, I hear ol' WD's voice when I watch any of his classic animations. "Now Cinderella will be awakened by two chippery birds, but not before she has a little fun by thumping the nosey rascal on the tail... This flittery fellow pitches a fit..." That's whats great about watching art created by a artist that love their work. Also imagine how the conversation about the character Gus must have been.

I don't care if you have been hiding under a rock for your entire life, you know what Cinderella is about, so I won't weigh you down with a synopsis.

What's important about Cinderella, is that she was a girl who in the end earned what she deserved. (Apparently, happily ever after awaits to be seen - Part III is coming in 2007) She wasn't a coward, and through even the worst of days with her extremely vile Stepmother and (fell off of the ugly/stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down - thanks m.d.) Stepsisters, she was respectful. It would be easy to think that she was just browbeaten, whipped into submission, but that is nowhere to be seen. Simply, she cares about those who despise her. And don't get me started on Lucifer.

Cinderella is a kids movie, yeah I know. The Anime fans I know believe anything Disney is the Devil, that's to be expected. (Miyazaki's titles are being released through Disney, think about it.) But there are some great lessons to be learned by all of us, kid or adult alike: Friendship, dreams, hope, never giving up (in Cinderlla's case until the Godmother gives her a pep talk, a pep song, and performs a few magic tricks) also the realities of goodness and plain ol' raunchy badness.

{SIDENOTE: Godmother = Deus Ex Machina for you students of film}

The Platinum Edition sparkles and is beyond reference material, its gorgeous. The sound couldn't be better. If you want a dts track, get a life. They started with Mono quality for Pete's sake! The new mix is all it should be. My only question: Why, or WHO rather, came up with the idea to put the Joe Namath feature on there. Not that its bad, not that it even makes sense, but man WHERE'D THAT COME FROM?

As all movie trailers begin, "In a World..." where there is little to no clean entertainment for the children, this is a no-brainer. The only thing you will be disappointed about by purchasing this dvd is that you'll wish you could have had it when you were a kid. Got Kids - Want Morals - Buy it.

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review by . March 16, 2011
You probably think I'm some sort of heartless bitch for giving a movie like this such a low rating. But, I have my reasoning and I will explain it in the review. I realize that Cinderella is a classic, and with the nostalgia goggles of that time, its a piece of filmmaking genius, but I personally don't think it's that spectacular as a film, although it definitely has some good qualities about it, like the stunning animation, the cat and mouse slapstick, and the relatively memorable …
review by . November 30, 2005
I was excited also when this story came out on DVD. This edition is great and I love the color enhancement. It's great to see my daughter enjoy the same movie that I once watch.   Certainly one of the most important themes of the story is that dreams can come true if you stay optimistic and keep wishing; however, one of the messages that I really like my kids to see is that no matter what life throws at you, you chose how to react to it. Cinderella certainly has a hard life being treated …
review by . November 15, 2005
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Stunning new 2-disc `Platinum Edition' of Disney's 1950 fairytale confection CINDERELLA. The story is as old as the hills: Cinderella is mistreated horribly by her cruel Stepmother and stepsisters Anastasia and Drisella. Her only friends are some pet mice, the birds and her faithful dog and horse. When the Prince invites all the eligible maidens in the land to his grand ball, Cinderella is heartbroken when her Stepmother forbids her to go. Enter the magical Fairy Godmother, who, with a little "Bibiddi …
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Worry not, Disney fans--this special edition DVD of the belovedCinderellawon't turn into a pumpkin at the strike of midnight. One of the most enduring animated films of all time, the Disney-fied adaptation of the gory Brothers Grimm fairy tale became a classic in its own right, thanks to some memorable tunes (including "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes," "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," and the title song) and some endearingly cute comic relief.
The famous slipper (click for larger image) We all know the story--the wicked stepmother and stepsisters simply won't have it, this uppity Cinderella thinking she's going to a ball designed to find the handsome prince an appropriate sweetheart, but perseverance, animal buddies, and a well-timed entrance by a fairy godmother make sure things turn out all right. There are a few striking sequences of pure animation--for example, Cinderella is reflected in bubbles drifting through the air--and the design is rich and evocative throughout. It's a simple story padded here agreeably with comic business, particularly Cinderella's rodent pals (dressed up conspicuously like the dwarf sidekicks of another famous Disney heroine) and their misadventures with a wretched cat named Lucifer. There's also much harrumphing and exposition spouting by the King and the Grand Duke. It's a much simpler and more graceful work than the more frenetically paced animated films of today, which makes it simultaneously quaint and highly gratifying.--David Kronke

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Genre: Animation, Music, Family, Musical
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
Runtime: 74 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
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