Cinderella

 
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Sweet fairy tale classic for little princes and princesses.
  • Review Date: October 31, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1950
  • Running Time: 74 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Some good life lessons: Life is often what you make out of it; positivity can be found in even the worst of circumstances.

Positive messages

There are both positive and negative messages in this classic fairy tale. On the  positive side: Although it may be difficult to find good in terrible situations, a positive attitude will provide great strength. Happiness is a choice. On the downside: The portrayal of romantic love could mislead young girl's ideas about how real love and relationships work. Also, the movie supports the idea that passive female characteristics and a dependence on men is normal and positive.

Positive role models

Although passive, Cinderella is a kind, generous, and forgiving person. She loves animals and takes care of her undeserving, extended family. She wears a smile and keeps faith that her unfortunate situation will get better. However, her stepmother and sisters are greedy and selfish displaying great hatred due to their uncontrolled jealousy. 

Violence & scariness

The evil stepsisters tear the beautiful ball gown that the mice have made for Cinderella. The violence is mild, but there are tense moments that may disturb younger viewers. 

Sexy stuff

A kiss is shared between Cinderella and her prince. Plenty of focus on romance, marriage, coupling.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Cinderella is a Disney Princess, whose brand reaches far and wide. Expect to see Princess branding on consumer merchandise, food products, etc. as well as in books, websites, and other media.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Disney classic is one that families can enjoy together. Kids will likely already be familiar with Cinderella and her Disney Princess colleagues due to a massive marketing effort behind the ladies; their images appear on everything from backpacks to toothpaste. As for other issues of concern, little ones might be upset by the wicked stepsisters and stepmom, who can be very mean and even destructive. In today's world of blended families, it might also be worth discussing that not all stepparents and siblings are mean. And Cinderella is the quintessential passive heroine rescued by a male character (in this case, the Prince), so discussions about her meekness might be in order.

What's the story?

Charles Perrault's classic fairy tale is lovingly and imaginatively brought to life in this animated Disney version, also a classic. Cinderella, a sweet, docile, and beautiful girl forced to act as a servant for her mean stepmother and stepsisters, goes to the ball with the help of her fairy godmother. But her godmother warns that the beautiful coach and gown will only last until midnight. Cinderella meets the Prince at the ball, and they share a romantic dance. But when the clock begins to strike midnight, she runs away, leaving behind one of her glass slippers. The Prince declares he will marry the girl whose foot fits that slipper. He finds her, and they live happily ever after.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Disney expanded the simple story with vivid and endearing characters and memorable songs. The animation is gorgeously detailed and inventive. In one musical number, as the stepsisters squawk their way through their singing lesson in another room, Cinderella sings sweetly as she scrubs the floor, reflected in dozens of soap bubbles. In another delightful musical number, the fairy godmother sings "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" as she transforms a pumpkin into a coach, the mice into horses, the horse into a coachman, and finally, Cinderella's rags into a magnificent ballgown. The scene when the Duke comes looking for the girl whose foot will fit the glass slipper is very suspenseful and highly satisfying.

 

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how many people are troubled by the passive heroine, who meekly accepts her abusive situation and waits to be rescued. It's worth discussing, with both boys and girls, what some of her alternatives could have been ("If you were Cinderella, would you do what that mean lady told you?"), and making sure that they have some exposure to stories with heroines who save themselves

  • Talk about how the women are depicted in the movie. What kinds of stereotypes about appearance and behavior do you notice? For younger kids: Why are the stepsisters ugly and Cinderella pretty? What would the story be like if Cinderella was ugly?

  • If you had a fairy godmother, what would you like her to do for you? Or would you like to be a fairy godmother? Whose wish would you grant?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 4, 1950
DVD release date:October 2, 2012
Cast:Eleanor Audley, Ilene Woods, Verna Felton
Directors:Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies
Run time:74 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Adult Written byMi3 February 3, 2011
Parent of a 4 year old Written byrockhottie101@y... April 30, 2011
 

perfect for older kids, not little kids.

the scene where the birds give cinderella a shower, i find inappropriate (nudity), the stepsisters call her stupid and other names, that are rude and kids shouldn't say them. oh, and cinderella is much too skinny. she needs to eat more. but overall, this a good movie i think for kids 9 and up.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 July 10, 2010
 

Another great Disney movie!

I really enjoyed this film. Another Disney classic. Violence: There is some mild violence, most notability in the scene in which Cinderella's stepsisters rip away at her dress until she's left in rags. Cinderella's stepfamily mentally abuses her as well, and Lady Tremaine is very coldhearted. Sex: Just a bit of kissing. Some of the messages are, unfortunately, negative. The stepmother and stepsisters are extremely rude and could perpetrate the message that all stepfamilies are this way. Also, Cinderella lets her stepfamily mistreat her and waits for a prince to save her, which could send a message that woman need to depend on a man in their lives. With that being said, Cinderella also shows great patience by not retaliating back at her stepfamily and finding goodness in even the worst situations.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex

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