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With: (voices) Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Claire Du Brey, Rhoda Williams, James MacDonald, Luis Van Rooten, Don Barclay
Written by: Ken Anderson, Homer Brightman, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Harry Reeves, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears, based on a story by Charles Perrault
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 76
Date: 02/15/1950

Cinderella (1950)

3 Stars (out of 4)

In Her Shoes

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This beloved Disney classic pretty much marked the end of the classical feature-length animation period. After this, the films grew shorter and less spectacular, and a comeback would not occur until 1989 with The Little Mermaid.

Cinderella is an awkward combination; the bouncy, cute animals tend to upstage the humans, which appear as if they were traced from live human subjects and don't move quite as fluidly as the creatures. (A reader reports that models were used for reference only, and were not traced.)

Still, of all the Cinderella stories on film, this one has the most villainous stepmother (voiced by Eleanor Audley) and the most charming mice, Gus-Gus and Jacques (both voiced by James MacDonald). Ilene Woods provides the lovely speaking and singing voice of Cinderella.

DVD Details: Disney's deluxe 2005 two-disc set probably didn't have much vintage material to choose from, so it lays on the "music videos" and interactive kids' games as well as some "deleted scenes," a making-of featurette and other stuff.

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