Cinderella
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Cinderella was Walt Disney's return to feature-length "story" cartoons after eight years of turning out episodic pastiches like Make Mine Music and Three Caballeros. A few understandable liberties are taken with the original Charles Perrault fairy tale (the wicked stepsisters, for example, do not have their eyes pecked out by crows!) Otherwise, the story remains the same: Cinderella, treated as a slavey by her selfish stepfamily, dreams of going to the Prince's ball. She gets her wish courtesy of her Fairy Godmother, who does the pumpkin-into-coach bit, then delivers the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"Cinderella is beguiling proof that Walt Disney still knows his way around fairyland."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Considering the army of craftsmen who work on a Disney cartoon film, it is hard to give individual credits, for the memorable qualities."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"One of the best animated features in the Disney stable, this was also the box office smash that saved Walt's studio during the precarious post-war period."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Sweet fairy tale classic for little princesses."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Excellent animation, marvelous color, and lovely music make Cinderella a delight all the way around."
‑ Michael Scheinfeld, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The musical numbers woven into the fantasy are generally solid, with at least two or three likely hit tunes standing out in the half-dozen songs."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As usual, everything is slightly glossy, soppy and hearty, yet not a string is left untwanged."
‑ , Time Out
"One of Disney's most admired feature animations, Cinderella was nominated for several Oscars."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Great animation, but not quite as great as the pre-war standard; deeply problematic gender issues in a reed-thin story; some brilliant characters, a lot of fairly dull ones."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"...there's no denying the overall effectiveness of this familiar tale."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"This 1950 effort shows Disney at the tail end of his best period, when his backgrounds were still luminous with depth and detail and his incidental characters still had range and bite."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"When those little mice bust a gut trying to drag that key up hundreds of stairs in order to free Cinderella, I don't care how many Kubrick pictures you've seen, it's still exciting."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's not all action, and while there's plenty to keep the kids entertained, there are also nice poetic touches of animated artistry that will appeal more to adults."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Yes, it's beautiful, and yes, it's classic. But it's also got rather a bland pair of lead characters. That said, it's still enjoyable family entertainment, and shall remain forever so."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Of all the Cinderella stories on film, this one has the most villainous stepmother (voiced by Eleanor Audley) and the most charming mice."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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