Cinderella 3D

 
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Animals, cartoon violence in the Old West; not classic tale.
  • Review Date: September 20, 2013
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 81 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Good defeats evil.

Positive role models

Lead female character is brave, strong, and clever but uses stereotypical femininity/flirting to achieve a goal. Female villain is heartless and immoral but strong. Female characters are drawn with accentuated breasts and derrieres.

Violence

Cartoon action throughout. Two villainous characters continually punch, whip, kick, and knock out both their accomplices and their enemies. There are several battles that use gunfire, cannons, swords, dynamite, knives, and fists. Several characters are kidnapped and held in captivity, where they're hung upside down by a rope for a period of time. A train is robbed with guns blasting. A buckboard goes over a cliff. A villain sinks to her death in quicksand. A ship catches fire and appears to trap those on-board.

Sex

Female characters are drawn with accentuated breasts, curves. A kiss.

Language

Mean insults are frequent: "imbecile," "ungrateful little wretch," "useless idiot," "good-for-nothing," "you bugs," "dummies," "lazy," "stupid," and many more. A threat is issued: "I'll scratch your eyes out and cut off your legs."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A saloon scene shows numerous characters toasting and drinking; however, the beverages are not identified. One scene has a smoker.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated, comic version of Cinderella is based only very loosely on the traditional fairy tale. The characters are assorted animals who play cowboys and cowgirls, pirates, and Russian royalty; there's even a spiritually guided shaman. The story takes place in the "American West" with many action sequences, battles, and slapstick fights that use an array of weapons (guns, cannons, swords). The unredeemable villains are mean-spirited, and name-calling is constant. Cinderella's time-honored plight at the whim of her stepmother and stepsisters loses center stage to kidnapping, piracy on desert sands, and mustache-twirling villains. An English-language version of a French film.

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What's the story?

CINDERELLA 3D is an animated film (2012) set in the American West at a time of cowboys, Native Americans, and...pirates! It stars a variety of animals, both wild and domestic (dogs, monkeys, frogs, deer, birds of prey, and more). Cinderella is a feisty cowgirl, forced to do her evil stepmother Felicity's bidding. Felicity is the scourge of their isolated town; she rules with an iron fist and a sharp tongue. When Felicity learns that Prince Vladimir and his mother, The Duchess, will be coming through "Felicity City," she plots to hold a "ball" and marry off one of her despicable daughters to the prince. But, after the ball, during which the beautiful, unrecognized Cinderella enchants the dashing Vladimir, Felicity's plans are upended. The town is besieged by legions of pirate-monkeys from a bandit ship led through the desert by a villainous peglegged captain. In the battles that follow, only Cinderella, aided by her faithful guardian Little Cloud and the now-smitten prince, can save the town.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Intended as comic, this effort is a mishmash of classic fairy-tale romance, parody, and action-adventure with lots of slapstick mayhem. The few funny moments are lost amid the silly, overly complicated story, arch bad guys, and barrage of name-calling, stereotypical dimwits, and mean-spirited behavior. It's colorful, and the characters are drawn in an original style, though some images of glowering villains may be scary for some kids. Passable at best for those who like lots of cartoon action.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss how this film differs from the traditional story. Though it's set in the past, how was the character of Cinderella more modern than in the original?

  • Why do you think the filmmakers made this an action film? What audience were they hoping to reach? Do you think boys would like this version better than the familiar story?

  • Use another classic fairy tale and plan or write your own version of it, setting it in a different time and place.

Movie details

DVD release date:April 16, 2012
Cast:Jessica Gee-George, Karen Strassman, Matt Mercer
Director:Pascal Herold
Studio:Anchor Bay Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Fairy tales, Pirates
Run time:81 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some action, violence, brief mild language, and a smoking image

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