The ultimate little girl fantasy, Cinderella was given the Disney animated treatment back in 1950 and is just as lovely over half a century later.
Cinderella (Woods) lives with her heartless stepmother and equally nasty stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella. They’re both intending to throw themselves at Prince Charming (voiced by fifties sci-fi star William Phipps) at an upcoming ball, but it is Cinders (thanks to a trusty fairy godmother (Felton), a pumpkin that turns into a coach and a bit of ‘Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo’) who wins his heart but then has to dash home by midnight, leaving her glass slipper behind.
Walt Disney added cute animals to the original 17th-century story and they’re a sweet addition, including the birds who help Cinderella dress and the cat, Lucifer, who is after them, and there are lots of memorable songs throughout too, like ‘A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes’ and, of course, ‘Cinderella’.
Unlike Snow White or Pinocchio, there aren’t any creepy moments that could bother little viewers – in fact, it’s just completely yummy. (A belated sequel, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, was made for DVD in 2002. In fact, it’s three short films linked together by the fairy godmother’s wishes, which should appeal to little girls.)
Is Cinderella (1950) suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
Very young children may find Cinderella’s stepmother scary.