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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