Cinderella (1950)

Cinderella (1950) is an American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and based on the fairy tale “Cendrillon” by Charles Perrault. Cinderella, treated as a slave by her selfish stepfamily, dreams of going to the Prince’s ball. She gets her wish courtesy of her Fairy Godmother, who does the pumpkin-into-coach bit, then delivers the requisite “be home by midnight” warning. Thoroughly enchanting the prince at the ball, our heroine hightails it at midnight, leaving a glass slipper behind. The Disney people do a terrific job building up suspense before the inevitable final romantic clinch. Cinderella is a delightful feature, enhanced immeasurably by the introduction of several “funny animal” characters (a Disney tradition that has held fast into the 1990s, as witness Pocahontas), and a host of a sprightly songs, including “Cinderelly,” “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” and best of all “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.”

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