Cinderella - Disney Films Project
We are so happy to be in the classics section of our Disney Films Project! Cinderella is not only the telling of a fairy tale, it was actually the movie that saved the Disney studios. The company was on the verge of bankruptcy after several box office disappointments and the struggle of the war years and the package films era. Cinderella was a commercial success that was received well by the critics and the public alike. It is considered to be one of the great classics in animation films.
This is the type of film that made Disney a beloved name in the world of family entertainment. The story is simple, the songs are sweet, and the message is a good one. While the original fairy tale has a few more gruesome elements that were wisely left out of this telling, it still tells the basic story with the addition of some very Disney touches. Not everyone loves the mice (see Alex's review) but I think they add a delightful element to the story and they were always my favorite part of the film.
The scene where Cinderella is transformed is one of my favorites, and it turns out that it was Walt's all-time favorite piece of animation. I have also always loved the scene where the spell is broken and Cinderella is left with nothing but a smashed pumpkin and a glass slipper because she is grateful for what she was given. She doesn't cry that it ended, but says thanks and shows gratitude for being able to live such a dream, even for a very short time.
It's not the most perfect of the Disney films, but it's so important to the history of the studio and it's very well done, especially for the time period. I'm giving this one 9 out of 10 Mickeys.
Second opinion with Alex
I am so glad that we got out of the package film era!
This film has excellent technical focus, and some of the best animation out there. My one peeve is the mice, specifically the mice singing. Too much Alvin and the Chipmunks for me.
What else can I say? This film has the rare distinction of saving Disney from bankruptcy. And all characters have good development. I give this film 7 out of 10 Mickeys. One of the cornerstones of the collection, and has appeal to adults as well.
Cinderella is one of my all-time favorites and I have loved this film for a long time. It's a classic story that you can revisit any time in your life and find something to relate to. We all feel like Cinderella at times. The mice add so much fun and comic relief to the story and it would fall flat without them. This gets 8 out of 10 Mickeys from me.
She really needs to get out more!
Of course, my favorite Cinderella memory is the time that Riley (at four years of age) wanted to be Cinderella for Halloween and was so excited to have me be her "berry Godmother" - That's what she thought her name was. So sweet! We got the Cinderella dress from The Disney Store and I found the blue sparkly fabric at Joann's and made my own costume.