Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson and Clyde Geronimi direct Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley and Verna Felton in this Walt Disney animated classic about the imprisoned step daughter who shall go to the ball.
As long as you are keen on comedy mouse antics (turns out I am) then this is the first Disney Princess fairytale with enough plot to fill a feature length running time. The animation is pretty magical – lots of fine choices that go an extra step than they need to. I’d say Cinderella isn’t actually the best example of any of the key ingredients. Yet the songs, heroine, comedy animal sidekicks (shout out to Gus Gus), villains, mild peril, makeover are all cohesively achieved. There’s no wobbly afterthought or experiment that stinks the room out. The balance on the thing is flawlessly calibrated. I’m going to give Cinderella a 10 as it is a perfect all rounder and the first of “the classics” that on this revisit I instantly wanted to rewatch again that afternoon. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!
Perfect Double Bill: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
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