This week’s animated Disney movie is once again one I haven’t seen but of course I know the story of poor Cinderella who is abused by her step family. This film came out in 1950 and marks the first one after the package films of the 1940s.
The story begins as all good stories do, by opening a book. The narrator explains us the general setting and introduces Cinderella who lives with his father. He is very devoted and tries to give her everything he can. But in his opinion, this isn’t enough and he believes the poor child needs a mother as well so he marries a woman who has two kids of her own around Cinderella’s age. Soon thereafter the father dies and the stepmother reveals her true nature. Cinderella becomes a servant in her own house. BOOOO!
Nevertheless she is the sweetest girl with such a lovely disposition because all the good womenfolk are supposed to be like that, remember kids! She does all her chores and never complains about her bratty step-sisters from hell. The only fellows who are nice to her are the animals. Birds and mice help her around the house and dress her in the morning which is both sweet and disturbing. There is also a feud going on between the dog and the cat, Lucifer. I mean, if you name your cat that, no wonder he’s a psycho.
Upon seeing more of the house my initial reaction was, oh this is lovely which of course is no consolation to Cinderella. While preparing breakfast, Lucifer gets into a fight with one of the mice which ends up in a tea cup in one of the evil stepsisters rooms because obviously. Poor C gets blamed for this even though it absolutely wasn’t her fault.
We cut to one very annoyed white haired man who is furious with his son because he doesn’t want to marry. Old guy wants to be a grandfather badly though so a ball is arranged where every maiden of the country is invited, hoping at least one of the women will be the right one for the prince. Yay, arranged marriages. Do we all see where this is going? Good. Moving on then.
Cut back to Cinderella’s house in which the brats attempt to male music. This is even too much for Lucifer and he leaves. Unlike her stepsisters from hell, Cinderella has a lovely singing voice because obviously. Also, I feel like I need to mention this but holy smokes Cinderella is beautiful. I would have been obsessed with her as a kid.
When the invite arrives C gets all excited because it means she is also invited. The evil step monster of a mother knows that she technically cannot keep Cinderella away from the ball so she gives her a whole bunch of extra chores to address before she can leave. The friendly animals being what they are, decide to take matters into their own hands and prepare a beautiful dress for the poor girl. Evil stepmother of evil doesn’t like that Cinderella looks lovely and destroys the dress whereupon the girl runs into the woods and meets her fairy godmother because OF COURSE! Where the heck is my fairy godmother?? The fairy takes good care of her, transforms a pumpkin into a carriage, the mice into four horses and so on.
Last but not least Cinderella gets a new dress with glass shoes. Who the hell thought glass shoes were a good idea? They must be uncomfortable like crazy!! The last advice is to return home before midnight because that’s when Cinderella turns back into a pumpkin. At least that’s what I heard (hello The West Wing reference, by which I of course mean TWW referenced Cinderella not the other way around).
At the castle, the prince seems as bored with all the womenfolk he is showed as he could be until C arrives and he has only eyes for her. They hit it off. Unfortunately when the clock strikes midnight, Cinderella runs away because she can’t turn back into the ordinary girls she is in front of him. While running she loses one of her glass slippers. As the prince never learned her name, the slipper is the only way to identify the girl so a servant is sent through the country to find the woman whose foot fits in it. Evil stepmom realises C is THE GIRL and locks her away in her room.
The friendly animals do their magic and free her just in time for the servant to let her try on the slipper. In one last attempt Stepmonster makes the servant stumble and the shoe breaks. Fortunately Cinderella has the other one to show and things are settled. She marries the Prince and all was well until eternity.
I gotta say, I really enjoyed this one. After all the terrible or mediocre films of the last decade, this was finally a good one again. Of course the story is familiar and while I have some issues with the story in itself, the movie was lovely.