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Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Cast: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Ilene Woods


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Cinderella was Walt Disney's return to feature-length "story" cartoons after eight years of turning out episodic pastiches like Make Mine Music and Three Caballeros. A few understandable liberties are taken with the original Charles Perrault fairy tale (the wicked stepsisters, for example, do not have their eyes pecked out by crows!) Otherwise,See more details below

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Cinderella was Walt Disney's return to feature-length "story" cartoons after eight years of turning out episodic pastiches like Make Mine Music and Three Caballeros. A few understandable liberties are taken with the original Charles Perrault fairy tale (the wicked stepsisters, for example, do not have their eyes pecked out by crows!) Otherwise, the story remains the same: Cinderella, treated as a slavey by her selfish stepfamily, dreams of going to the Prince's ball. She gets her wish courtesy of her Fairy Godmother, who does the pumpkin-into-coach bit, then delivers the requisite "be home by midnight" warning. Thoroughly enchanting the prince at the ball, our heroine hightails it at midnight, leaving a glass slipper behind. The Disney people do a terrific job building up suspense before the inevitable final romantic clinch. Not as momentous an animated achievement as, say, Snow White or Fantasia, Cinderella is a nonetheless delightful feature, enhanced immeasurably by the introduction of several "funny animal" characters (a Disney tradition that has held fast into the 1990s, as witness Pocahontas), and a host of a sprightly songs, including "Cinderelly," "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes," and -- best of all -- "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo."

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
A sweet and simple girl. A wicked stepmother. A fairy godmother. A timeless fairy tale. Disney animation. Put them together and what have you got? “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” and one of company’s true masterpieces. Unavailable in any form for almost a decade, Cinderella emerges at long last on DVD to cast its spell on a new generation. Released theatrically in 1950, Cinderella was hailed as Walt Disney’s return to glory. The studio had not produced a full-length animated feature since Bambi eight years earlier. To Charles Perrault’s beloved story of the scullery maid who dances off with her Prince Charming, Disney added a gallery of unforgettable supporting characters, including the resourceful mice Jacques and Gus; the lovable, lazy dog Bruno; and the villainous cat, Lucifer. Cinderella is brimming with some of the most memorable tunes in the Disney songbook, including “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and the Oscar-nominated ditty, “Bibbi-Bobbidi-Boo.” And who can forget the animals frantically making a gown for their friend “Cinderelly,” or her fairy godmother transforming a pumpkin into a beautiful coach, or the heart-soaring finale as the Prince slips the glass slipper onto Cinderella’s foot? Cinderella will truly be the belle of the ball with this two-disc Platinum Edition, which contains a treasure trove of bonus features, including a tribute to the animators who defined Disney, the Nine Old Men; a segment about the making of the film; photographs of storyboards for a discarded version of Cinderella; and two deleted scenes. And in an award-worthy bit of cross-company synergy, Disney-owned ESPN Classics contributes a compilation of Cinderella sports stories.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Possibly the best version of what may be the most-told story of all time, Cinderella was a delightful return to form for Walt Disney and the Disney Studio. Directors Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske lavished a great deal of care and attention on the production, and it shows. The character designs are specific and precise, yet created without extraneous detail, making for easy, fluid animation. The transformation-for-the-Ball scene and the escape from the Palace, especially, are splendidly done. The story is compact and economical (notice how the picture moves from the breaking of the glass slipper to the wedding in a matter of seconds), yet maintains all of the necessary particulars. It has even been expanded to include the now-familiar Disney-talking animal friends. Here, they are charming and amusing -- and provide Cinderella with someone to talk to. Ilene Woods makes a marvelous Cinderella, her voice a combination of girlishness and sophistication; she also possesses a serenity and assurance which makes one feel she is more in control of her life than might be guessed by her surroundings. Eleanor Audley is an icily menacing Stepmother and Verna Felton's Fairy Godmother is the picture of warm befuddlement. Buoyed by a lovely score, Cinderella is a treat that bears many repeated viewings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Disc 1 - Blu-ray Feature Film + Bonus; Tangled Ever After Animated Short; Never-Before-Seen Alternate Opening Sequence; Personalized Digital Storybook: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-You - A Disney Second Screen Experience; Behind The Magic: A New Disney Princess Fantasyland; The Real Fairy Godmother; ; Disc 2 - DVD Feature Film + Bonus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ilene Woods Cinderella
Eleanor Audley Stepmother,Lady Tremaine
Verna Felton Fairy Godmother
Claire Du Brey Voice Only
Helene Stanley Live-action model Cinderella
Luis Van Rooten King and Grand Duke
Don Barclay Voice Only
Rhoda Williams Drizella
James MacDonald Gus/Jacques/Bruno
Sylvia Guillem Voice Only
Charles Judels Voice Only
Lucille Bliss Anastasia
June Foray Lucifer
Betty Lou Gerson Narrator
William Phipps Prince Charming

Technical Credits
Clyde Geronimi Director
Wilfred Jackson Director
Hamilton Luske Director
Hal Ambro Animator
Homer Brightman Screenwriter
Mack David Score Composer
Marc Davis Animator
Walt Disney Producer
Philip Duncan Animator
Hugh Fraser Animator
Donald Halliday Editor
Winston Hibler Screenwriter
Al Hoffman Score Composer
Ollie Johnston Animator
Ken Anderson Screenwriter
Hal King Animator
Jerry Livingston Score Composer
Don Lusk Animator
Fred Moore Animator
George Nicholas Animator
Cliff Nordberg Animator
Ken O'Brien Animator
Bill Peet Screenwriter
Erdman Penner Screenwriter
Harry Reeves Screenwriter
Joe Rinaldi Screenwriter
Ted Sears Screenwriter
Paul J. Smith Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Thomas Animator
Harvey Toombs Animator
Oliver Wallace Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Judge Whitaker Animator
Marvin Woodward Animator

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cinderella
1. Opening Credits ("Cinderella") [1:22]
2. Once Upon A Time [2:57]
3. "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" [:47]
4. A New Mouse In The House [2:29]
5. Lucifer [2:08]
6. Sneaking Past Lucifer [:28]
7. Cat And Mouse [3:13]
8. Lady Tremaine [1:45]
9. Plans Afoot At The Palace [2:24]
10. "Sing Sweet Nightingale" [2:24]
11. A Royal Invitation [2:03]
12. A New Dress For Cinderella ("The Work Song") [1:24]
13. A Mission for Jaq and Gus [1:31]
14. Finishing the Dress [1:01]
15. Time to Leave for the Ball [1:49]
16. Cinderella's Fairy Godmother [2:39]
17. "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" [:24]
18. The Ball at the Palace [2:32]
19. "So This Is Love" [1:34]
20. Breaking the Bad News to the King [1:41]
21. Lady Tremaine's Plan [2:06]
22. The Duke Arrives [1:12]
23. Rescuing Cinderella [1:27]
24. Cinderella Tries On The Glass Slipper [:26]

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