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Though screen adaptations of Cinderella abound, none is as well-remembered as the 1950 Disney animated version. Returning to full-length animated features for the first time since 1942, Disney also made a return to the world of fairy tales, expanding the classic French story with a host of new animal characters.

Sweet-hearted Cinderella moves in with her Stepmother and two Stepsisters, Anastasia and Drusilla, when her widowed father remarries. When the father dies, the Stepmother raises Cinderella as a domestic slave. Cinderella’s only friends are the animals—bluebirds, Bruno the dog and two mice named Gus and Jaq. The birds and mice are menaced by the Stepmother’s cat, Lucifer (and with a name like that…).

Across the village, the King announces a grand ball, inviting all eligible young ladies to come meet his unmarried son. That should include Cinderella, but her wicked family leaves her without a thing to wear. Thankfully, Cinderella has a Fairy Godmother. With a little magic, a glass slipper and some help from her animal friends, Cinderella just might live happily ever after.

True to Disney form, the film included a number of memorable tunes, including “Cinderelly,” “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” and the Oscar-nominated “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.” The film was a triumphant comeback for Disney's animated features, becoming one of the most-watched movies of the year. Disney decided to stick with the trend of animating popular tales, moving on to Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan over the next few years.

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1950 - Cinderella

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Cinderella Ilene Woods
Lady Tremaine Eleanor Audley
Fairy Godmother Verna Felton
Drizella Rhoda Williams
Gus James G. MacDonald
Jacques James G. MacDonald
Bruno James G. MacDonald
King Luis Van Rooten
Grand Duke Luis Van Rooten
Anastasia Lucille Bliss
Lucifer June Foray
Narrator Betty Lou Gerson
Mice Clint McCauley
Prince Charming William Phipps
Live-Action Model Cinderella Helene Stanley
Unknown Don Barclay
Unknown Claire Du Brey

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