Cartoon of the Day: Cinderella

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From this date in 1950 comes a Dis­ney fea­ture film based on a story by Charles Per­rault. Cin­derella really marked the return of the Dis­ney stu­dios top the ani­mated fea­ture film, and marked the begin­ning of the mid­dle period of the Dis­ney oeuvre.

Beau­ti­ful Cin­derella has been forced by her jeal­ous step­mother and ugly step­sis­ters to become a ser­vant in her own home, though she keeps a pos­i­tive out­look with the help of her friends, the chatty mice and chirp­ing birds. When the King and the Duke plan a royal ball so that Prince Charm­ing might find a bride, all the eli­gi­ble maid­ens are invited-including Cin­derella. Though the ugly step­sis­ters destroy the ball gown that Cinderella’s ani­mal friends have made, Cinderella’s Fairy God­mother sings a magic song, and cre­ates all the things Cin­derella needs to get to the ball.

Once there, she instantly catches the Prince’s eye. They spend the whole night together, but it is over much too soon. As the clock strikes mid­night, Cin­derella races from the cas­tle in a gal­lant attempt to get home before the last strike of the bell. In her haste, she loses her slip­per on the steps of the castle.

With the slip­per as his guide, the Prince searches the king­dom for the fair lady. He sends his Grand Duke out to find the one lady whose foot fits the slip­per. Try as they might, none of the step­sis­ters can fit in. They give Cin­derella a try, and it fits! Cin­derella is brought to the cas­tle, and she and the Prince live hap­pily ever after.

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