Cinderella (1950 movie)

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Cinderella
Directed by Clyde Geronimi
Hamilton Luske
Wilfred Jackson
Produced by Walt Disney
Written by Charles Perrault (novel)
Ken Anderson
Perce Pearce
Homer Brightman
Winston Hibler
Bill Peet
Erdman Penner
Harry Reeves
Joe Rinaldi
Ted Sears
Narrated by Betty Lou Gerson
Starring Ilene Woods
Eleanor Audley
Verna Felton
Rhoda Williams
James MacDonald
Luis Van Rooten
Don Barclay
Mike Douglas
Lucille Bliss
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) February 14, 1950
Running time 75 min.
Language English
Budget $2,900,000

Cinderella is a 1950 American movie made by Walt Disney Productions based on the famous story of the same name.

Plot[change | change source]

Once upon a time, in a little kingdom, there lived a little girl named Cinderella. Her mother had died and so she lived with her father. Her father knew that his daughter needed a mother's care, and soon he remarried, choosing a woman called Lady Tremaine, who had two daughters, Anaesthesia and Drizella. Cinderella's father soon died, and then the Tremaines' true nature was revealed. They were cruel to her from the beginning and forced her to dress in rags and become their servant. The Tremaines also had a cat named Lucifer. Lucifer was not good to Cinderella either and always created trouble for her. But Cinderella was always kind and gentle to everyone and made friends with some of the animals. Some of her best friends were two mice called Jaq and Gus, a dog called Bruno and a grey horse. One day, the king of this kingdom decided to hold a ball. He wanted his son, Prince Charming to get married and have children. He thought if every maiden in his kingdom came to the ball, the prince was sure to show interest on one of them. So he ordered: "By royal command, every eligible maid is to attend." The message reached every house in the kingdom, including the Tremaines'. Anaesthesia and Drizella were exited, and when Cinderella said she could go too, they laughed at her. When she asked why she couldn't go, Lady Tremaine said that she could go if she finished all her work and found something to wear. Cinderella found an old gown which belonged to her mother. She decided that she could fix it up to go to the ball, but her stepmother and stepsisters kept her busy. So now her animal friends began to fix up the gown for her. The mice Jaq and Gus collected a sash and a bead necklace that the stepsisters had thrown out and with these items, the animals made Cinderella's old gown, a lovely dress. Cinderella was delighted to see the dress and the she got ready to go to the ball. Anaesthesia and Drizella were horrified to see Cinderella. They were almost about to let her come when they noticed her wearing the beads and the sash that they had thrown and so the tore her dress. They left Cinderella crying. She ran outside to the garden and cried. She was about give up all her hope when a woman appeared, and consoled Cinderella. She said she was her Fairy Godmother. Then she turned a pumpkin in the garden into a grand coach. She turned Jaq, Gus and two other mice into horses, the real grey horse into the coachman and Bruno the dog into a footman. Then she looked at Cinderella's rags and turned them into a lovely white dress. She reminded Cinderella that the magic spell would be over at midnight and that everything would be like it was before. Then Cinderella bade farewell to the Fairy Godmother and went to the ball in her coach. Meanwhile at the ball, the maidens were being presented to Prince Charming. He was not showing interest in any one of them. The king was very annoyed. Then while the duke was teasing the king about the failure of his idea, the Prince saw Cinderella coming into the ballroom. He walked up to her and invited her to dance with him. So, she danced with him all the time till midnight, and the Tremaines were not able to recognise her. Then suddenly the clock tower struck midnight. Cinderella remembered what her Fairy Godmother had said. She fled from the palace but while doing so she lost one of her shiny glass shoes on the stairs. She ran into her coach and tried to flee, but the coach turned into a pumpkin, and the horses became rats. Cinderella's gown turned into rags. Everything became as it was before. Cinderella and the animals had to run to the house. The prince was in love with Cinderella, and so the king announced that the glass slipper was to be tried on every maiden in the kingdom by the Grand Duke and that if it fit the maid, she would be married to the prince. Back in the Tremaines' house, Lady Tremaine discovered that Cinderella danced with the prince at the ball, and so she locked her in her room. The Duke arriveb at the house, and after reading the announcement to the people, and then began trying the shoe on Anaesthesia. When he was doing so, Jaq and Gus stole the key and began running with it to free Cinderella. The Duke had tried the shoe on Drizella as well and seeing that it did not fit the stepsisters, was about to leave when Cinderella came and stopped him. The Duke told his assistant to bring the shoe. He began running towards Cinderella with the shoe. Then Lady Tremaine, who did not want Cinderella to marry the prince, blocked the way. The assistant tripped and fell, and the shoe broke into pieces. But Cinderella took out the other shoe. Her stepmother was horrified to see the shoe. The Duke then put the shoe on Cinderella's foot, and it fit perfectly. So, Cinderella was married to Prince Charming, and they lived happily ever after.

Release[change | change source]

The profits from the film's release, with the additional profits from record sales, music publishing, publications and other merchandise gave Disney the cash flow to finance a slate of productions (animated and live action), establish his own distribution company, enter television production and begin building Disneyland during the decade.

Walt Disney had not had a huge hit since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The production of this film was regarded as a major gamble on his part. At a cost of nearly $3,000,000, Disney insiders claimed that if this movie had failed at the box office, then Disney studio would have closed (given that the studio was already heavily in debt)[1]. The film was successful and allowed Disney to carry on producing films throughout the 1950s.

Re-release schedule and home video[change | change source]

Cinderella has been re-released theatrically in 1957, 1965, 1973, 1981, and 1987. It was released on VHS video and laserdisc in 1988 ("The Classics" video issue, becoming the first video to feature the "Sorcerer Mickey" Classics logo before the film) and 1995 (Masterpiece Collection video issue) with a 1950s Buena Vista logo added. The original 1988 Classics release also had a promotion with a free lithograph reproduction for those who pre-ordered the video before its release date. Disney then restored and remastered the movie for its October 4, 2005 release as the sixth installment of Disney's Platinum Edition series. According to the Studio Briefing, Disney sold 3.2 million copies in its first week and earned over $64 million in sales. [2] The Platinum Edition DVD went on moratorium in January 31 2008.

Cinderella theatrical release history[change | change source]

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