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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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  • Mar 16, 2011
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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 songs. Plus, the villain is actually quite scary, but in a way that's different from most villains. But I'll get to that soon.

Cinderella is about our poor abused heroine named, you guessed it, Cinderella. We hear story of her father and his tragic death but no mother (as is disney standards also, at least in the old wave of princesses). Cinderella is a good girl, takes it like a bitch in hopes that one day her true love will find her and her dreams will come true despite not actively pursuing them. Her evil stepmother and evil stepsisters receive an invitation to the ball by the King, who desperately wants his son to marry because its a fairytale and whatnot. Anyway, you should know how the rest of this goes, she loses the glass slipper at the ball, if the slipper fits, the prince marries Cinderella, and they all live happily ever after.

Disney's strong ground seemed in that time to be European folk and fairytales, and also in the message of wishing upon a star. The truth is, you can't just dream and expect something will happen. Like it says in The Princess and the Frog, you have to work hard to achieve your dreams. Technically, the message is believe in your dreams, not just dream and hope something will happen despite not actively pursuing anything. I could nitpick about Cinderella's then-position as role model and the horrible message of this film forever, but I'm trying to keep this review under a milennium long so lets move on.

The voice acting is good, but the singing is even better. The characters however are pretty hit and miss. I love the cat and the mice, especially all the slapstick-based scenes they share, and I love the evil stepsisters and stepmother even though they are all supreme bitches. The two characters I don't really like though are Cinderellla and Prince whatever-the-hell-his-name-is. I suppose as characters go, they aren't that bad, but they're just so boring that I can't really get involved with them even though I feel sorry for Cinderella. Plus, the prince is in the movie so little that you could pretty much leave him out all together and lose nothing.

Lady Tremaine (Evil Stepmother) however, is a spectacular villain and one of Disney's best. She didn't have any superpowers (unless you count her deathly stare) or even evil minions (unless you count the stepsisters), but she just had control over one person's life and boy did she squeeze every last drop out of it. This is one crazy lady that nobody should have to live with, much less anyone prettier than her (namely, Cinderella). The stepsisters are auxiliary villains in the movie along with Lucifer the cat, and they are all okay characters, nothing compared to Lady Tremaine though.

The songs are good and will remain classic alongside this classic movie. The animation is stellar as well and the warm colour scheme really brings a lot to the movie. I know I have been praising it and gave it only a 70, but I only gave it a 70 because of the blandness of our main protagonist and the horrible message it sends.

However, this is an animated classic and I have great respect for it. I would also recommend it to those who haven't seen it purely because of the cute mice and good villain. All in all, not disney's best movie, but far from their worst (that title goes to Chicken Little, which I may review sometime soon). For Animation Domination, expect a great film that is neither Disney, Pixar, or Dreamworks.

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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 …
review by . September 27, 2005
(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 …
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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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