A डिज़्नी Tale: A young girl is forced into drudgery द्वारा her step-family, only to win the दिल of the kingdom's Prince and live happily ever after.
डिज़्नी Hero: Ostensibly, the 'hero' of सिंडरेला is the Prince (never actually referred to as Prince Charming, despite that being what he is generally known as today. Some sources have him named as Henry.). It is he who romances सिंडरेला and desires her as his wife after the ball. But, actually, the real हीरोस of सिंडरेला - for me - are Jaq and Gus, Cinderella's mice friends. They are the one's who rescue सिंडरेला from her attic room. Jaq is also responsible for battling Lucifer and saving many of his माउस friends. I प्यार Jaq and Gus!
डिज़्नी Heroine: सिंडरेला is the first heroine of a डिज़्नी movie since Snow White to have a life outside the movie. As a character, she is iconic and forms an integral part of the 'Disney Princess' branding. Now, I had a lot of issues with Snow White as a character and, fortunately, the script and story for सिंडरेला get a lot और right, although Cinderella's character is tied to the tropes required of her due to being a 'fairy tale princess'. I think a clear difference between सिंडरेला and Snow White is that सिंडरेला feels like a grown-up. Despite being forced into a life of drudgery द्वारा her horrendous step-family, she continues each दिन to meet their demands whilst still believing in her dreams. She's a hard worker too and, although she probably should be kicking up और of a stink considering how unfairly she is treated, she performs her tasks diligently and competently. I like सिंडरेला in a way I definitely did not like Snow White.
डिज़्नी Villain: सिंडरेला presents us with a triumvirate of villains in the shape of Lady Tremaine, Cinderella's stepmother, and Drizella and Anastasia, her vile stepsisters. Lady Tremaine is the focus of the villainy and has a truly malicious attitude towards her stepdaughter. Tremaine isn't a villain who seems to have entered into the चोटी, शीर्ष tier that's occupied द्वारा the likes of Ursula, Cruella de Ville and the Evil Queen. She tends to get forgotten and I think that's a huge shame. She is a great villain - she's manipulative, scheming and downright nasty throughout the film. Maybe it's the fact that her villainy is on such a small scale, या that she has no extremes to her character, या even that she isn't a magical character. But whatever it is, Lady Tremaine, for me, deserves और recognition.
Alongside Lady Tremaine are ऐनस्टेशिया and Drizella. In a way, they are Tremaine's bumbling, comic sidekicks is a similar vein to Iago, Le Fou या Pain and Panic. They are spoilt brats who like to bully Cinderella. What's interesting is I know that ऐनस्टेशिया becomes slightly और sympathetic as a character द्वारा the time सिंडरेला III: A Twist in Time comes around. But for now, they exist only to be horrid to Cinderella, especially in the scene where they rip her dress apart to prevent her from going to the ball. They also have the classic scene where they try on the glass slipper only to find their feet are far too big and clumsy. The original version of सिंडरेला has the stepsisters cutting off their toes and heels to make the slipper but डिज़्नी hasn't pursued this element (although it does finally appear in Into the Woods along with other less savoury aspects of various fairy tales).
There is, of course, one और villain in सिंडरेला - Lucifer, the cat. He is the nemesis of Jaq, Gus and the other mice. There is a very long sequence involving Lucifer and the mice which is hugely entertaining. सिंडरेला wasn't a film I'd ever paid much attention to before this marathon and one of the delights has been discovering Lucifer. He is a great character and a brilliant foil for the mice. The cat and माउस chase scenes, particularly with him and Gus, are some of my favourite parts of the film. Lucifer is an amalgam of his mistresses, in a way - he has the scheming, sinister nature of Lady Tremaine accompanied द्वारा the clumsiness of her daughters.
डिज़्नी Sidekicks: सिंडरेला is also gifted with some classic डिज़्नी sidekicks in the form of Jaq and Gus. With their 'not quite English' style of speech and high-pitched voices, they are a great addition to the film. Their battles with Lucifer and their friendship with सिंडरेला are, for me, at the core of the film - probably moreso than the romance between सिंडरेला and the Prince. Jaq's bravery and Gus's naivety give us likeable characters.
डिज़्नी Creatures: Accompanying Jaq and Gus are a plethora of other mice, including the girls, Perla and Mary and Suzy, Bert and Luke who accompany Jaq and Gus on their खाना raid and various others who aid in the making of Cinderella's dress. सिंडरेला also features a template for डिज़्नी creatures which reoccurs in quite a few other films. At the house there is Bruno the dog, a horse and various birds. A group of जानवर residing in a barn, including घोड़े and कुत्ता reappear in The Aristocats and 101 Dalmatians with variations on this theme popping up in Lady and the Tramp and The लोमड़ी, फॉक्स and the Hound.
डिज़्नी Magic: सिंडरेला includes one of Disney's most famous magical characters - the Fairy Godmother. She is iconic in her hooded, blue बरसती, लबादा and large purple bow and thanks, in no small part, to her catchy song. What tends to be forgotten is that she doesn't actually appear in the film for very long and is really just a plot device to get सिंडरेला to the ball. The magic she casts is primarily of the transformative kind, although like all magic, it comes at a price. The transformations only stay until midnight. It suggests that, ultimately, she isn't the most powerful of magic wielders. Unlike a character like the Genie, she can't create something out of nothing and with all the items needs something ordinary to transform into something special. She is fun, though.
डिज़्नी Land: It isn't clear exactly where सिंडरेला is set. The original fairy tale of सिंडरेला is actually common in many countries in various forms, but the डिज़्नी version is most closely based on the French version. Certainly the presence of a माउस called Jaq would suggest a French setting, but that is about the only clue. The clothes worn द्वारा the characters are at the very least European in style probably from around the 18th या 19th Century.
डिज़्नी Songs: Cinderella, as a film, is not actually packed with songs although it does feature some which are recognised as classics. Principal among these is the Fairy Godmother's song, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. This is a fun song accompanying the transformation scenes. It has been rerecorded numerous times over the years द्वारा various artists and my favourite is probably Louis Armstrong's rendition. The film version actually has quite a long instrumental section which I often forget is there having listened to the song countless times on 'Best of Disney'-style soundtracks.
सिंडरेला has her own song, A Dream is a Wish your दिल Makes, which opens the film after the prologue and serves to introduce Cinderella's situation and worldview. It has clear echoes of Snow White (and Sleeping Beauty to come) with the जानवर sitting around listening to her sing. Later in the film, she joins in with ऐनस्टेशिया and Drusilla's संगीत lesson, गाना Sing, Sweet Nightingale whilst washing the floor. Needless to say, her rendition is a lot better than Drizella's singing. So This is प्यार is another song revolving around सिंडरेला which is sung द्वारा सिंडरेला and the Prince whilst they dance at the ball. It's not a song I particularly like, although there have been a couple of covers which have been, in my opinion, better arrangements of the song.
The other principal song is The Work Song, sung द्वारा the mice as they make Cinderella's dress. It's cute, catchy and contains the classic word 'Cinderelly'! It definitely ranks in सेकंड place, behind Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo as one of my favourite songs from this film.
As with Snow White, the traditional 'villain song' still isn't a definite presence in डिज़्नी films (and it will be sometime before it is) although, technically the villains do get a song as Lady Tremaine also joins in a little of Sing, Sweet Nightingale along with Drizella.
डिज़्नी Finale: सिंडरेला is a film which, up until this marathon - and also rewatching it with my children - had been one I'd dismissed from an age of डिज़्नी which never appealed to me as much as others. I think, mentally, I had it lumped in with Snow White and Sleeping Beauty as twee princess films with not particularly good songs. Having rewatched it, I found much to enjoy and, as I say, find सिंडरेला a much stronger character than Snow White ever was. I was surprised द्वारा how much the mice and Lucifer feature and how entertaining their segments are.
I also rather like the King and Grand Duke, desperate to see the Prince married. The King's प्यार for his departed wife is actually rather sweet and the Grand Duke's bumbling is fun.
सिंडरेला has definitely gone up in my estimation and is a true डिज़्नी classic.