A glass slipper, a fairy godmother, a wicked stepmother.
Seventy years since the animated movie, we don’t need much to identify the second most iconic Disney princess.
The Walt Disney Signature Collection celebrates this with the 9th edition to their collection with Cinderella as a 4K release on Blu-ray™ and DVD.
Disney was a huge part of the childhood landscape. The Disney VHS boxes were the reigning power on the shelves. Of all the classic Disney, Cinderella is not the top Princess on my list. After watching the Signature Collection copy and the extras, my perception has definitely changed.
This version of the Brothers Grimm retelling is a much milder, more magical version. There is definitely no slicing of the toes. After her father’s passing, Cinderella has been forced into a household maid to her stepmother and her stepsisters. Despite the labor, she still dreams of something beyond. When the invitation to the Prince’s ball arrives, it spurns the household into action and becomes the right boost into getting Cinderella her happy ever after.
The last time I’ve sat down and watched Cinderella, there was still a landline in the apartment. It has been a good long while. Before re-watching the movie, there were certain memories and feelings that still lingered upon seeing the iconic ball gown. The dancing ballroom scene, the mice, and the cruel scene of her dress being ripped apart. It is memorable movie for being one of the firsts but young me could not connect with the Cinderella and the Prince.
During the movie, one thing became apparent. I related to Cinderella strongly as an adult. Cinderella was definitely not the meek and quiet princess that is led away by one dance. She reminded me of a Disney version of Aggretsuko. She was full of indignant rage and was barely holding it in under that meek demeanor. You can see it all during the first act of the movie. The sarcasm, tight lip, her back ramrod straight. She didn’t want to serve these boorish people. If she didn’t, they would ruin her family home. I’m assuming that her father had passed the house to her or else I can’t fathom why the stepmother would allow her to remain.
The other revelation was a pretty amusing one. The mice and critters of the movie have way more screen time than Cinderella. A good chunk of the movie is watching Jaq and Gus Gus trying to run from Lucifer the cat. Without these little segments, the movie would have probably been shy of 40 min of screentime. Regardless of padding the movie, it was still fun to watch now as it was then.
I am not sure if this was due to re-mastering of the film but Cinderella’s ball gown does not appear to be the same trademarked blue. It appears more silver, which matches it more to the glass shoe wear. The film overall is much brighter and vivid in the Signature Collection which is a great improvement from the hazy and muted colors form the VHS copies.
This was overall a beautiful copy and collection to experience. Further re-watchings of the movie will probably garner additional observations but I was pretty distracted with just the bonus features. The most eye-opening was watching the classic feature in regards to the real Fairy Godmother and finding out that she was a local icon!
Signature Collection features hours of extras that will definitely give a whole new level of appreciation for this movie.
There will be two new bonuses on this collection:
- Try This Trivia on for Size – Join Ruth Righi and Ava Kolker from Disney Channel’s Sydney to the Max and put your knowledge of Cinderella to the test.
- In Walt’s Words: Enhanced Edition – Watch the movie and gain some insight into its production with storyboards, archival photos, sketches and transcripts.
This is on top of the classic bonus features:
- Diane Disney Miller “Cinderella” Film Intro – In this introduction to the animated classic, Diane Disney Miller describes how Cinderella helped launch a studio renaissance.
- The Real Fairy Godmother – Learn about the real-life inspiration for the Fairy Godmother: Mary Alice O’Connor, wife of Disney layout artist Ken O’Connor.
- Behind the Magic: A New Disney Princess Fairyland – Discover how Imagineers created a Fantasyland at Walt Disney World featuring each of the Disney Princesses.
- The Magic of the Glass Slipper – World-famous shoe designer Christian Louboutin creates a very exclusive “Glass Slipper” in honor of a beloved Disney classic.
As part of the 70th celebration, here are some goodies to enjoy:
Cinderella: Design her ball gown coloring page:
Learn how to draw Jaq and Gus:
Cinderella inspire CHEESE!