Cinderella

Of all the films we’ve watched so far, I think I’m the most certain about the storyline of Cinderella. I used to have a couple of storybooks when I was younger that I enjoyed reading and I’ve seen A Cinderella Story with Hilary Duff in it heaps of times. I don’t actually think I’ve seen this film though!

“Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures.

Based on the fairy tale Cendrillon by Charles Perrault, it is twelfth in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and was released on February 15, 1950. Directing credits go to Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wilfred Jackson. Songs were written by Mack David, Jerry Livingston, and Al Hoffman. Songs in the film include “Cinderella”, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes“, “Sing Sweet Nightingale”, “The Work Song”, “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo“, and “So This is Love“.

At the time, Walt Disney Productions had suffered from losing connections to the European film markets due to the outbreak of World War II, enduring some box office disasters like Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Bambi, all of which would later become more successful with several re-releases in theaters and on home video. At the time, however, the studio was over $4 million in debt and was on the verge of bankruptcy. Walt Disney and his animators turned back to feature film production in 1948 after producing a string of package films with the idea of adapting Charles Perrault’s Cendrillon into a motion picture. It is the first Disney film in which all of Disney’s Nine Old Men worked together as directing animators. After two years in production Cinderella was finally released on February 15, 1950. It became the greatest critical and commercial hit for the studio since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and helped reverse the studio’s fortunes.” Thanks wiki!

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Age of film: February 1950

Date Watched: 21st April 2016

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  • Picture Quality 
    • Lincoln – 8
      • Pretty decent. I can see they’re getting confident with the use of shadows and stuff.

    • Sara – 8
      • Given that I’d probably put this in the same calibre as Snow White, the picture quality was much better.
  • Durability
    • Lincoln – 7
      • I think the story is still relatable and accessible to people of all ages.

    • Sara – 8
      • Fairly standard storyline that is easy to follow.
  • Songs
    • Lincoln – 6
      • Doing better than the last few films, still no “Can you feel the love tonight” though

    • Sara – 6
      • I didn’t really dig many of the songs – they’re all kinda high pitched and annoying
  • Modern Values
    • Lincoln – 5
      • Not as bad as I thought it would be, but still leaves a bit to be desired. At the end of the day Cindarella would still be scrubbing floors if she hadn’t gotten help from the Fairy Godmother and her animal mates, and I feel like she could have tried a bit harder to better her position.

    • Sara – 5
      • Why did she need a man to save her? Not a fan of that. Also there was a line when the mice were making the dress for Cinderella along the lines of “I’ll sew this and you can go hunt for fabric” said by a female mouse – classic stereotypical gender roles. It’s all fairly harmless though!
  • Would We Show it to the Kids
    • Lincoln – 6
      • No harm really, they would probably find the mice funny.

    • Sara – 7
      • I don’t see why not.
  • Flow/Length 
    • Lincoln – 6
      • Dragged a bit at times when we were watching the mice screw around, but at least there was stuff happening in this film (I’m looking at you, Bambi)

    • Sara –  5
      • It took a long time to get the story started, and then once it did, it seemed like the actual interesting parts of the story were over very quickly. It could have easily been condensed.
  • Emotional Attachment
    • Lincoln – 7
      • I felt bad for Cindarella, and when she was happy I was pleased for her.

    • Sara – 6
      • When the step sisters tore up her dress I was sad for her.
  • Logic/Plot Holes 
    • Lincoln – 6
      • Where has the Fairy Godmother been up until this point?? “Oh she’s being tormented and abused by her horrible family, but now that she has a chance to marry a hottie, I better intervene,” bit of a jerk, really.

    • Sara – 7
      • Why did the shoes survive past midnight?
  • General Enjoyment
    • Lincoln – 7
      • I wasn’t looking forward to this one much, but I was surprised that I didn’t mind it.

    • Sara – 7
      • A few times I was ready for it to be over, but the storyline is probably one of the better ones we’ve seen so far.
  • Would We Watch it Again
    • Lincoln – 4
      •  Not any time soon but it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world I guess. 

    • Sara – 3
      • It wasn’t engaging enough I don’t think.
  • Final Comment
    • Lincoln – I remember Cindarella as being a really “girly” movie from when I was a kid, but with the insane King swinging around a sword and Gus the fat mouse rolling about, I think its got something for everyone.
    • Sara – It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be – I think I prefer the version that I had in a book I used to read. It’s all fairly lighthearted with no scary bits which I appreciated. The cat also has an uncanny resemblance to the Cheshire Cat.

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Favourite Character

  • Lincoln – Jaq the mouse
  • Sara – Bruno

Favourite Song

  • Lincoln – So this is love
  • Sara – The Work Song

Favourite Moment

  • Lincoln – The dog basically murdering Lucifer the cat
  • Sara – When the fairy godmother turns all the regular items into things for the ball.

Total Ranking By Lincoln –  62/100

Total Ranking By Sara –  62/100

For questions regarding the ranking system you can read my post on it here.

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Bye for now!

Sara

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