Cinderella (1950)

For Valentine’s Day, I had shared a piano cover of Cinderella (see it HERE) and said that in a few days I’d review Cinderella.

Who doesn’t know Cinderella? One of the most common love stories that has been adapted a crazy number of times.  In my collection, I have two mega guilty pleasure ones.  They are absolute crap but I admired the effort.  However, we are not reviewing those.  The original is Disney’s 1950 animation.

cinderellaThe story is simple.  At a young age, Cinderella lost her mother and only lives with her father who later feels that she needs a mother so remarries with a woman with two daughters.  When he passes away, her stepmother shows her true nature and spends all her father’s money and then makes Cinderella into the servant of the house.  However, when the prince returns to the palace, the king decides to through a ball and invite every single eligible maiden in his kingdom so that the prince will find his love of his love and get married.  This means that Cinderella can go also, but of course, her stepmother and her two obnoxious daughters prevent her from going in every way possible.It is then that in her most hopeless moment, magic happens and her fairy godmother shows up and helps her, however all the magic will vanish at the stroke of midnight.  Cinderella goes to the ball and meets her Prince Charming and loses track of time so as she escapes the ball, she loses her glass slipper and the prince loses his fair maiden without even knowing her name.  However, he is determined to find her so the king issues an order that any girl who fits the glass slipper will be married to the prince.

cinderella stepsisters

I’m not much for the Disney princesses when I was a little girl. I was much more of a tomboy than the normal girl.  Maybe because a lot of my good friends were boys in elementary school. As well as the fact that my only cousin around my age was  a guy and we had the habit of pulling of Barbie’s head.  So not my thing.  But still, I loved Disney a lot as I grew up and the charm in Cinderella was not just the love story of a rich prince falling for a poor girl. What Cinderella had was magic.

cinderella magic

 

For a girl in her situation, with an unhappy life with her stepmother and her annoying stepsisters who wanted nothing more than to think she was invisible, she found joy in her friends and in her dreams.  What are hanging out at my little blog if not for dreams, right? I love dreams and I dream all the time and they are a wonderful escape.  This animation is lined with happy, positive little tunes that just grabs your attention.  Just think about my doing the piano cover and then wanting to watch this.  “So This is Love” is sweet and cute but my favorite has to be the magical part when her fairy godmother appears and transforms her with her little tune, “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo”.  A few random words strung together and they make for a fun and enchanting tune, changing a bad situation to a beautiful one.

cinderella mice

Another highlight was the addition of the animals. We had the birds that woke her up and chatted with her.  The dog Bruno who had dreams of eating Lucifer, the devil cat of her stepmother.  The cat was just a big fat bully (cue the child pouty voice). My favorite was definitely the mice.  They were the best helpers and Jaq and Gus was so cute and funny at the same time. Especially the part up there when they start singing, “Cinderelly, Cinderelly, Nightingale cinderelly…” Oh what am I doing? Here’s the snippet:

Now I have the song stuck in my head again.  But that’s okay I have to go do some chores anyways…

Back to the review, Cinderella is just a beautiful, enchanting and fun animation. You don’t have to buy into the love story bit but it is so sweet to watch.  How much of it was a love story anyways? We saw the prince for 5 mins in the middle and 2 minutes at the end. Its all about Cinderella. The mice and the fairy godmother really is a wonderful addition.  Cinderella is a must-see classic.

Who is your favorite Disney princess? How about your favorite Disney classic?