Cinderella was the twelfth film introduced into the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and ended up being one of the most delightfully modernised (for its time) and more "child-friendly" version of the original fairy tale of Cendrillon by Charles Perrault, that the world has ever seen. It was beautifully accompanied by songs written by three of the greatest composers of their time: Mack David, Jerry Livingston and Al Hoffman, and although all three of them have moved on from this world, their songs have stayed in the hearts of children throughout the generations, thanks to the Disney Vault.
The film starts in a kingdom, from a far off time, in a far off place, where a young girl named Cinderella, who has suffered the loss of both of her parents, must be the slave of her cold and wicked step mother; Lady Tremaine, her two cruel and rather unattractive step sisters; Drizella and Anastasia and their nasty cat; Lucifer.
Bruno and Lucifer
Although Cinderella lives a somewhat miserable life, she is full of bright and cheery spirit and does everything she is told to do, with the company of her animal friends, particularly Major; the horse that Cinderella's father gave to her when she was a child, Bruno the dog and Jaq, Gus and Mary, the mice.
One day an invitation to a grand ball is delivered to every eligible daughter of the kingdom, as the king is trying to find his son, Prince Charming, a bride. Lady Tremaine tells Cinderella she can go, if she can make herself a suitable dress, as well as doing all her regular chores, along with loads of extra ones too. Cinderella decides she will modify and use her late mother's old dress, but naturally she doesn't have the time, so her mice and bird friends do it for her, using some of the things her step sisters threw away. But when Cinderella comes down the stairs in her beautiful gown, it is torn to pieces by her adoptive family.
Soon after, her fairy godmother appears and uses her powerful magic to send Cinderella to the ball, with a "Bibbity Bobbity Boo", she turns a pumpkin into a grand carriage, Major into a horseman, Bruno into a footman and the mice into beautiful white steeds to pull the carriage along to the ball. Lastly, she gives Cinderella a stunning dress, complete with a pair of tiny glass slippers, that perfectly fit here feet, but the spell will only last till midnight and after meeting the love of her life, she must flee as fast as she can to get away, so fast that she doesn't even stop to retrieve she shoe, when it falls off, while she's running down the stairs.
In the end Cinderella marries her Prince Charming and they live happily ever after… until the sequels!
For those of you who love to know their Disney trivia, Cinderella is in fact a strawberry blonde in the movies; her hair was changed to be "true blonde" for the dolls.
Amongst numerous games and television series and even a manga series called Kilala Princess, Cinderella also made a cameo appearance in the latest Disney Princess film; Sofia The First: Once Upon A Princess, where she magically appears, out of a beautiful and enchanted amulet, that every Disney princess has apparently owned at some point in their lives, to sing a song to help Sophia become friends with her new step sister.
Cinderella's father-in-law, the king and his trusty grand duke also made cameo appearances in another Disney Princess film; The Little Mermaid, they can be seen in attendance of Prince Eric and Vanessa's (the sea witch in disguise) wedding ceremony, just as Max the sheepdog rushes by, on his way to biting Vanessa on her posterior.
The King and his Grand Duke at the wedding of Prince Eric and Vanessa
Cinderella is a wonderful film, which has stood the test of time and has delighted both young and old, for generations and should be seen by everyone, at least once, even if you aren't really into the whole princess thing.
Disney's Cinderella is rated G for general exhibition.