Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson
As you can probably realize, reviewing a film like CINDERELLA is tough. It also doesn’t help that, A. I’m a high school student, and B. I’m a guy. If there were ever a film to get an award for being the least “guy” movie ever made, I think CINDERELLA would get it. This, of course, makes it perfect for young girls. Families should enjoy it, too. I personally, find watching movies of this sort painful. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great movie, but it’s just not for me. But it wasn’t made for me; it was made for little kids and the parents that would have to endure it with them. And with that, it succeeds brilliantly. It’s extremely well animated, it has a simple story to follow, and it’s entertaining for the little ones. So there you have it, a great family film that’s torture for people like me. However, I did rather enjoy the “Tom & Jerry”-esque shenanigans between those crazy mice and that darn ol’ cat. Aw, shucks, I felt like a little kid all over again. (You can’t see, but I’m getting teary right now)
Even after putting my obvious aversion of the film on hold, I still found some issues to gripe about. The most important problem of which is how shallow the movie is. We barely see anything about Cinderella outside of her being completely perfect. When the prince finally sees her, he immediately finds her stunning and wants to marry her. Hmmm. What exactly is this teaching little girls? If you’re beautiful, all your dreams will come true? I guess so. If CINDERELLA actually spent some time developing the characters, it might’ve been a more interesting experience. As is, it’s a good movie for purely entertainment reasons, but considering it anything more than that is just bogus. Overrated? Definitely. Bad? Not at all. Worth buying? The answer to this should be the same as your answer to, “Are you under ten?”
Cinderella Stories (33:40): A collection of ten ESPN sport stories that can be equated as “Cinderella stories”. Some of them include brief discussions on the ‘69 New York Jets, soccer superstar Pele, and biking champion Lance Armstrong.
Music & More (9:25): There are two music videos, and making-of for one of them. The first is live-action, sung by the Disney Channel “Circle of Stars”, and it’s called “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes.” Ouch. The second is slightly less painful, animated music video called “Everybody Can Be a Princess.”
Also included are 11 Sneak Peeks and a Preview for Disc 2.
Deleted Scenes (9:50): There are two deleted music numbers, plus an introduction. They are not fully animated, but are actually composites of rough sketches, paintings, and storyboards.
- From Rags to Riches: The Making of Cinderella (36:40): An interesting four-part featurette discussing the movie’s history, music, animation, and voices.
- The Cinderella That Almost Was (14:10): Background information on how the film might’ve turned out, had Walt Disney not taken thirty years to develop it.
- From Walt’s Table: A Tribute to Disney’s Nine Old Men (21:50): As the title implies, this is a tribute to the nine old men, who were the original animation team at Disney.
- The Art of Mary Blair (15:05): A nice discussion of the work of Mary Blair, the art director for the studio.
- Storyboard to Film Comparison (6:50): A basic comparison of the opening scene from the movie.
- Cinderella Galleries: A giant collection of still-frame and slideshow images.
- 1922 Laugh-O-Gram’s: Cinderella (7:25): A very old and different telling of the CINDERELLA story. Interesting.
- Excerpt from “The Mickey Mouse Club” (3:55): A mildly entertaining excerpt from 1958, with Helen Stanley.
- Theatrical Trailers (9:00): There are six different original and reissue trailers for your viewing pleasure.
- Dreams Come True (1:30): A charity request showing “how you can get involved”.
- Cinderella and Perry Como (6:30): An amusing live-action premiere of one of CINDERELLA’S musical numbers.
- ”Cinderella” Title Song (2:16): This is an original demo recording.
- Unused Songs (17:20): Original demo recordings of 7 not-so-great songs.
- Radio Programs (12:15): 3 excerpts from radio programs featuring music and voices from CINDERELLA.
- House of Royalty (17:55): A three part Disney Channel feature teaching you how to look, live, and act like a princess. I watched about 30 seconds and immediately lost all feelings of masculinity, as well as dignity.
- The Royal Life: A DVD-Rom design studio for your computer. Oh joy.
- Princess Pajama Jam: I have no idea what this is. It’s not even a game. Or is it? I think it has something to do with clicking on certain princesses, and then a clip appears. I’m not really sure. I was blinded as soon as I selected the extra.
DVD Booklet: Here we have a nice little handy-dandy insert which includes a list of scene selections and an overview of what you can find on each disc.
DVD Slipcase: I’m supposing this is for people who are deciding whether or not to buy the DVD. The slipcase includes an opening cover explaining the remastered sound and audio, as well as the DVD extras. Not exactly necessary, but it makes the movie look “classy”.