Cinderella (Movie - 1950)
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Though no feminist icon, she is the one vintage Disney princess who stays awake through the last act. This Cinderella may sometimes seem less Brothers Grimm than Hanna-Barbera, with extended cat-and-mice battle scenes threatening to turn it into an epic Tom and Jerry short, but that slapstick action represents the Nine Old Men (Disney’s core animation team) on some late-’40s version of crack. The character gags work, the dreamlike ball sequence still induces swooning, and if you aren’t on the edge of your seat for the climactic fitting, it’s time to get back on the romanticism meds. EXTRAS Disney’s current draftsmen pay tribute to the Nine. (To his fellow animators’ incredulity, Glen Keane admits 101 Dalmatians‘ DeVille/devil pun never occurred to him.) Several of the Nine turn up in footage from the little-seen 1995 laserdisc: The late Marc Davis beams as he marvels over the illumined face of Cinderella, which he designed. Meanwhile, possibly the most ludicrous extra ever is a program recounting 10 sports ”Cinderella Stories,” hosted by a smarmy Joe Namath, designed to plug Disney’s ESPN to trapped dads. (Who knew Lance Armstrong and Kirk Gibson had fairy godmothers?)

Cinderella (Movie - 1950)
  • Movie
  • 76 minutes