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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Sweet fairy-tale classic has bullying, tense chase scenes.

Movie G 1950 74 minutes
Cinderella Movie Poster: Cinderella holds a glass slipper; smaller images of the Fairy Godmother and other characters are below her

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age 4+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 4+

She's not a damsel in distress!

Cinderella's not a "passive" damsel as people say. Don't let them brainwash you. Cinderella is a positive woman who stays optimistic even when she's depressed. She can't escape because she has no money, she's an orphan. How do you expect her to just up and leave? The prince did not "rescue" her from her not even dangerous situation, she went to the ball to be free and is actually independent.
age 4+
Some distressing scenes of verbal and emotional abuse. Even though people see her as too passive, Cinderella is not a meek victim. She's a good role model as a positive, hard-working young woman who doesn't lose hope when faced with adversity and is not a doormat for her abusers (she disobeys her stepmother to go to the ball, and manages to escape from the attic when locked in).

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25 ):
Kids say (65 ):

Disney expanded this simple story with vivid and endearing characters, memorable songs, and gorgeously detailed and inventive animation. 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 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 (Luis van Rooten) comes looking for the girl whose foot will fit the glass slipper is suspenseful and highly satisfying. But overall, the film's passive heroine, who waits for Prince Charming to save her from an abusive family, may feel less than charming to viewers who want their Disney princess to lead by example.

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