Cinderella has faith her dreams of a better life will come true. With help from her loyal mice friends and a wave of her Fairy Godmother's wand, Cinderella's rags are magically turned into a glorious gown and off she goes to the Royal Ball. But when the clock strikes midnight, the spell is broken, leaving a single glass slipper... the only key to the ultimate fairy-tale ending!
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Don't listen to the Hype. It's awful
Not sure how, but this is easily one of the best movies all summer. Multiple levels of funny, never takes itself seriously, super colorful, and creative.
The story, direction, characters, and writing/dialogue is akin to taking a tranquilizer shot to the neck, but everything else was so well done.
The 1940s was not a particularly grand decade for the Walt Disney Company. With the exception of Dumbo, all their animated features were financial failures and wouldn't be regarded as timeless classics until years later. As a result, the company could only make package films due to budget cuts and WWII screwing over their studio. It wouldn't be until later on that decade when Walt not only took a risk and made another feature length animated film, an adaptation of the tale of Cinderella, but also put the studio on a gamble. If the movie succeeded, the company would prosper, if not then it would shut down...what resulted was the former. Alongside being lauded back in the day by audiences and critics alike, Cinderella is to this day seen as one of the studio's most iconic features. As for what I think....well, let's just say that I respect it more than I actually like. The biggest issue with Cinderella is the story, which suffers from overly long pacing, too many subplots, and an overall straightforward arch. While the film sets up the lives of Cinderella and her step family decently enough, it isn't until roughly 20 minutes until the plot actually happens. Beforehand, it's just Cinderella working and singing, and the mice messing around with the cat. In addition, we spend too much time on the mice that we don't get to know enough of Cinderella outside of her wishing beyond her wildest dreams for a better life. I don't mind the mice per se and they do have their moments, but less is more. Admittedly, the film does pick up a little once we get to the palace, which has the audience in awe as much as Cindy herself...too bad the prince has even less character than the one in Snow White. The less said about the infamous slipper plot hole the better.As for the other characters, while Lady Tremaine does have quite the malicious mood and evil grin, when you get down to it, there isn't all that much to her. You could argue most of her backstory being unexplained makes her more mysterious, but the fact that she does all these horrid things to Cinderella without a proper reason just makes her seem evil....because. If anything, the step sisters stand out more from how humorous they can get, and that scene where they tear off Cinderella's dress is quite a heartbreaking scene within itself. Also, while the prince is blander than paper, the king and royal duke do make a rather entertaining couple given their witty banter and arguments, and their distinct personalities create some really genuine laughs for the audience. Oh, and the fairy godmother is kind and generous in her own right, even if she's little more than a plot device.Now while the story isn't all that great and the characters are a mixed bag, the animation is fantastically well crafted. It's been stated that nearly 90% of the movie was done with rotoscoping, and it shows in the final product as the movements are very smooth and the characters are realistically designed without crossing into the uncanny valley. As for the animation that's done from scratch, the mice and other animals have a rather cartoony style that perfectly defines their look and personalities. Even if we spend too much time on the animals than we should have, at least the animators made fun usage of playing around with their colorful movements and designs. The usage of a more dark color scheme whenever Lady Tremaine is around is another added touch of depth, making the more bright and vibrant colors of the palace much more astonishing in contrast. Speaking of which, the backgrounds display a quaint European style that looks well detailed, sharp and finesse, even if the environments are only a village and a castle.Finally, the songs in this movie range from forgettable to touching, but they at least serve the plot. A Dream is a Wish does a good job summing up Cinderella's desires outside of her fantasies, the mice's work song is the film's most catchy and upbeat harmony with fun antics of the mice making Cindy's dress, and Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo still holds up for how whimsical, enchanting and downright helpful it is. After all that hard work for nothing, it's great that somebody else is generous enough to make Cindy's wish come true, and it's hard not to song along to. The rest I unfortunately barely remember, as they felt sweet but standard, like it's the typical Disney charm we know and have heard better in other songs. Those other songs aren't by any means bad, and the singing from the likes of Ilene Woods, Mike Douglass, Verna Felton and more are delightful and stunning, they just didn't leave much of an impact on me like the rest. So overall, I can definitely understand the appeal of Cinderella for its whimsical charm, lovable side characters, beautiful animation, and a charming representation of what could happen if your dreams finally came true. However, I personally just can't get into it due to the boring pacing, bland main characters, hit or miss songs and predictable plot. If you love this movie with all your heart, keep on having fun with it, there's no stopping you. Me personally though, I'd skip this film in a heartbeat over other Disney films any day....that being said, I can't wait to see Cindy in Wreck it Ralph 2, get stoked for that.
Cinderella is considered by everyone as one of the best films ever done by WDAS. With amazing animation and beautiful artwork, this movie is a visually stunning piece of art.The main character, Cinderella, is one of the strongest Disney female characters. You may not agree with me, but, from my point of view, anyone who is capable to keep her head up, while stuck in a hard situation, and still be nice and optimistic is a great role model.Furthermore, Cinderella is not just your average damsel in distress. Unlike Snow White and Aurora, she does not dream about love. She dreams indeed about her life getting better, but romantic love is not necessary for her. She wanted to go to the ball to have fun and because that was her right, not to marry the prince. In fact, she didn't even knew it was the prince the one with whom she had fallen in love.She is not as passive as some people believes she is. Some people complain that she never ran away, but seriously, what chances had a woman in the 18th century alone and without money? Running away wasn't an option. But she won't let her stepmother to take away her few rights. She demands Lady Tremaine to let her go to the ball, and doesn't hesitate to sass out Anastasia and Drizella. She works hard in order to fulfill the conditions her stepmother put to her, and is quite resourceful (no dress? I'll make one). She is just a victim of her circumstances.Lady Tremaine, without any magical powers nor musical number, is still one of Disney's best villains. Her cold, calculating, almost twisted personality is a effective menace to Cinderella.The King steals the show, provides comic relief without being over the top or annoying, and is a memorable and likable character. Same with the Grand Duke and the Fairy Godmother.With the exception of Prince Charming (or Henry), who may be a bit dull, the other side characters are funny and likable.The music numbers are quite good. Some funny songs (The Work Song, the iconic Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo), other are just lovely (So this is love, Sing Sweet Nightingale). On the whole, enjoyable.However, I must say, as a kid I never enjoyed Cinderella that much. To begin with, the mice have too much screen time, and most of those scenes are slow and don't really contribute to the plot.Also, it lacks scary/dark scenes. Not featuring any dark magic, warfare or dangerous situations, this film doesn't really have much action, and can get boring. However, this also make it suitable for toddlers and sensitive children, who might be scared by the more violent Disney movies.A good film, worth watching.
Disney must have a knack for wicked stepmothers who want to torture their stepdaughters. Cinderella is a bedazzling tale about a glass slipper that will only fit the foot of the one the prince fell in love with at the ball. Happening upon a cottage, its a race against time as the friendly mice must free her from a locked room, before he leaves and evade the cat Lucifer who wishes to spoil their heroic gesture.Cinderella deals with many themes making a rich thought provoking tale from dealing with abusive stepparents, what it means to be humble and how to be a good worker no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. Cinderella never complains or raises her voice and only asks to have the night off to attend the party. The mother's hatred of the girl is never explained left up to the imagination which I based on her father having more favor with his daughter before he died and thus opened up bad wounds between them. Like Snow White I found the prince's character lacking and his love for our fair maiden feels phony from one ball and never takes the time to get to know her. Other then this complaint I found the picture to be a magical experience I'll be reliving over and over again.
After her father's death, Cinderella lives under her cruel stepmother Lady Tremaine and her two mean daughters Drizella and Anastasia as their servant. She is kind to the small animals as they avoid Tremaine's cat Lucifer. The King is impatient for his only son to settle down. He arranges for a grand ball so that the prince may choose a bride. Cinderella is eager to attend. Tremaine promises to let her go if she finishes her chores and find a dress. They keep her busy so the little animals help her fix up her mother's gown. However, the stepsisters destroy the gown and she's left behind. Her fairy godmother comes to the rescue but her spell will be broken at midnight.The subject is a little old fashion but it is still plenty of fun. Cinderella is more pro-active than Snow White. She is a compelling character. She is kind-hearted and hard-working. The animals add a lot to this. The first half relies heavily on the mice. The music is light and fun. The songs are memorable. It's an iconic Disney animation and loads of fun overall.