A kind and gentle orphan forced to act as a servant to her mean stepmother and stepsisters gets a helping hand from her fairy godmother.
Disney's animated classic is re-released in a special Blu-ray Diamond Edition that proves why it's considered by many to be the world's greatest fairy tale. The timeless story is as irresistible now as it was when it was released and nominated for three Academy Awards in 1950. Cinderella herself is a sweet and appealing character who manages to smile and sing even while scrubbing floors, although you may want to discuss with your children why she stays in her abusive situation and what she could have done instead. You may also want to reassure them that the vast majority of stepparents and stepsiblings are not like Cinderella's. Boys won't have much interest in the dreamy love story, but young girls (and their moms) may find it hard to tear themselves away from this feature-packed disc before the clock strikes 12.
Most babies and toddlers won't be able to sit through the whole 76-minute movie, but they might enjoy the scenes featuring Cinderella's animal friends, especially the unflappable Jaq and Gus. The two mice show young children that size doesn't matter as they help make Cinderella's dreams come true. And they remain loyal to her even though it means having to deal with Lucifer, the cantankerous cat.
Little girls will love watching one of their favorite Disney princesses and will be horrified by the way her stepmother and stepsisters bark orders at her, treat her like a maid, and blame her for anything that goes wrong. Preschoolers will be empowered by Cinderella's ability to remain positive even under the darkest circumstances and will be relieved that she ultimately lives happily ever after. Don't be surprised to hear your own little princesses skipping around singing, "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" like Cinderella's fairy godmother does.
Younger kids in this age group will be enchanted by the way Fairy Godmother transforms everyday objects--a pumpkin, a horse, the mice--into the coach, coachman, and horse that Cinderella needs to get to the royal ball. They'll love Cinderella's beautiful ball gown and glass slippers and may want their own! Although the story effectively hammers home the message about getting home by curfew, the movie is definitely "old school" Disney, and most older kids won't have the patience for its gentle tone and slow tunes. Modern girls especially may wonder why Cinderella doesn't just smack her obnoxious stepsisters and get on with her life.
The combo pack comes with Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film. The DVD includes a "Tangled Ever After" Animated Short and "Behind the Magic: A New Disney Princess Fantasyland." The Blu-ray adds a never-before-seen alternate opening sequence, a personalized digital storybook and a segment about "The Real Fairy Godmother."
Encourages optimism and never giving up your dreams
Cinderella's submissiveness in an abusive relationship