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Fun facts about classic Cinderella movie

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Cinderella is the 12th of Walt Disney’s 54 animated full-length feature films. It was released in 1950.  It is based both a fairy tale “Cendrillon” by Charles Perrault and a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. It was chosen because of its similarity to Snow White. The films true immediate source though was the Perrault’s French version.

It took six years to make and it was one of the highest grossest films of 1950. Disney re-released it several times to keep its popularity high among new generations of moviegoers (re-released in 1957, 1965, 1973, 1981, 1987).

Songs in the film that were popular were “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” (Oscar-nominated), “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes”,” So This Is Love”, “Sing Sweet Nightingale”, and “The Work Song”.

It was the greatest critical and commercial hit for the studio since Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.

Brief Synopsis-

Cinderella was the beloved child of a widowed aristocrat who feels his daughter needs a mother’s love. He marries Lady Tremaine and after his sudden death, her true nature is revealed. She overwhelmingly favors her daughters from a previous marriage: Drizella and Anastasia. She abuses Cinderella who is laden with reams of chores until she is reduced to a slave in her own home. Meanwhile there is a king who wants his son, the prince, to have a wife so he can have many grandchildren. The king decides to have a ball and invite every eligible maiden to find a wife for his son.Cinderella-Pumkin

Lady Tremaine receives the invitation and Cinderella overhears. Cinderella has no suitable dress, but her friends the mice (more on them later) and the birds make a nice dress for her. The evil stepsisters can’t stand the competition so they rip the dress to shreds which reduces Cinderella to tears. The fairy godmother makes an appearance and works her magic. She gives Cinderella a beautiful dress, a pumpkin carriage, coachmen, and the infamous glass slippers and the rest is fairytale history.womens-cinderella-cinder-elly-jaq-and-gus-t-shirt-logo

A highlight of the movie for me were the mice: Jac and Gus (known as Gus-Gus). They embody the anthropomorphic transformation that many of Walt Disney’s animals had, especially early on. The role of the mice and the birds are overlooked somewhat in the tale of Cinderella, but that is an oversight in my opinion. What would many of the Disney movies be without the charm and heart that comes from the animals (especially the ones that talk)?Cinderella-disneyscreencaps_com-867

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Comparisons of Avengers-Age of Ultron vs. The Avengers movie-

Perdita (mom) here-

Sunday night I went to see the new Avengers movie. I will give a quick comparison of the two movies. Both movies star Marvel superheroes Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Hulk. The whole Marvel enterprise was recently acquired by Disney. Both movies were directed by Joss Whedon. The actors in the movies were the same with Robert Downey Jr. playing Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth playing Thor, Mark Ruffalo playing Bruce Banner (who transforms into the Hulk), Scarlett Johansson playing Black Widow, Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye, and Chris Evans playing Captain America. In the first Avengers, Loki was played by the talented Tom Hiddleston. In Avengers 2, Ultron was played by James Spader and two other new character were introduced. They were quicksilver and scarlet witch played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen respectively. Both movies are also feature epic battle scenes and have the central theme of good vs. evil with the superheroes fighting to save the planet. The acting is very good in both movies as well. I am really going to concentrate on the differences, instead of just giving a straight-up review of the first or second movie.

I can’t help but compare it to the first Avengers movie. I thought the first movie was quite a bit better than this one for several reasons.

Unknown-2The first (and biggest) reason is that to me Loki is a much better villain than Ultron. Loki is a villain but her is also funny and charismatic. Ultron had no charm or humor. I just wanted to hate him; not hate and love him. Loki is a much more complex character than the A.I. (artificial intelligence) creature Ultron.

Secondly, being a huge Hulk fan, Hulk’s role in this movie wasn’t funny like in theUnknown-1 first Avengers. Both movies didn’t have enough screen time for the Hulk for my taste. The Hulk is also a complex character due to his desire to keep himself under control but being unable to. He can be a force for good or destruction. Both movies show this, but I didn’t like the way he was portrayed nearly as well in this movie.

Third, the character development was mainly done in the first Avengers movie and in all of the Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America movies, so this movie was almost all action. For my taste there was too much action with not enough back-story.
Let me also add, I liked the movie. I just liked the first Avengers quite a bit better.

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but there is a turn of events later in the movie that I was a bit sad about. The direction for the next movie seems clear. I will still see the next Avengers. Who knows? It may be better than this one. Even if it isn’t, it will still probably be pretty good.avengers_age_of_ultron_2015_movie-wide