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Cinderella is a fictional character and the protagonist from Disney's 1950 animated film Cinderella and its two sequels. In the original film she is voiced by actress Ilene Woods. The Disney version of the character was based on the French version of the tale by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou Contes du Temps Passé.[1] She is an official Disney Princess.

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PersonalityEdit

Cinderella is initially made a servant in her home and is constantly derided by her evil stepmother Lady Tremaine and two stepsisters. Although she is abused and humiliated, she maintains hope through her dreams. She is faithful to the idea that someday her wishes of happiness will come true. When her evil stepsisters and stepmother prevent her from going to the ball, she is heartbroken and alone. However, her fairy godmother appears and restores hope.[2]

Cinderella is strong-willed; when the invitation to the royal ball arrives, she does everything she can to persuade her stepmother that she has every right to attend.[2] She is presented in the film as a sympathetic heroine;[1] well-meaning, hard-working, and positive.[2]

WardrobeEdit

Although Cinderella is seen in many outfits throughout the three films in which she appears (such as the servant dress, the dress her animal friends help make for the ball, and her wedding dress), she is characteristically seen in the pale blue gown she wears to the ball to meet Prince Charming.[3] Also important to her wardrobe are the iconic glass slippers.

DevelopmentEdit

As done with other Disney films, Walt Disney hired an actress to perform live-action as a reference for the animation process. Actress Helene Stanley performed the live-action reference for Cinderella. She later did the same kind of work for the characters of Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and Anita Radcliff in 101 Dalmatians.[2]

Appearances Edit

Cinderella Edit

Main article: Cinderella (1950 film)
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Cinderella is a slave in her own home, serving her evil stepmother and two stepsisters. Her friends are the birds and the mice, including Gus and Jaq. She prepares breakfast for the animals and then for her family, and then begins her regular chores. An invitation to the ball arrives, and Lady Tremaine and her daughters are thrilled. Cinderella prepares to go to the ball with a dress her mice friends made for her, but her stepsisters destroy the dress and Cinderella runs out into the garden crying. Her fairy godmother appears to make things right so she can go to the ball. However, her godmother warns her that the spell will be broken at midnight. At the ball, Cinderella dances with Prince Charming and they immediately fall in love with each other. As the clock strikes 12, she hurries back before the spell breaks, and in her haste leaves her glass slipper behind. The next day, the prince announces he will marry the woman who fits in the glass slipper. Lady Tremaine learns that Cinderella is the woman whom the prince seeks, and the evil woman locks the young girl up so she won't have the opportunity to try on the slipper. The mice and her other animal friends help Cinderella escape and she hurries downstairs to try on the glass slipper, but it breaks before she can try it on. Cinderella reveals that she has the other one tries it on, making a perfect fit. She marries the Prince and waves to her animal friends as the coach rides off.

Cinderella II: Dreams Come True Edit

Main article: Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

Gus and Jaq set off to make a new book to narrate what happens after the ending of the previous story, by stringing three segments of stories together, making three stories: "Aim to Please," "Tall Tail," and "An Uncommon Romance." In the first story, Cinderella and Prince Charming return home and soon a party begins. In "Tall Tail", she works on planning to build up a festival. The mouse named Jaq in the previous film has transformed into a human named Sir Hugh. In the third story, called "An Uncommon Romance," she helps her stepsister Anastasia reconcile with the baker. Towards the end of the film, she reads a book the mice have already made for her to them all.

Cinderella III: A Twist In Time Edit

Main article: Cinderella III: A Twist in Time

Cinderella and Prince Charming are celebrating their anniversary. Lady Tremaine uses her wicked powers to reverse time and to send Cinderella into the events surrounding the first film. This time, however, the story is changed when new situations arise.

Other AppearancesEdit

Kingdom Hearts series Edit

Main article: Kingdom Hearts

Cinderella (シンデレラ Shinderera?) appears as one of the Disney Princesses of Heart in the Kingdom Hearts series who was captured by Maleficant who destroyed her world. The main character Sora rescues Cinderella as well as the other Princesses, and she returns home. She is not featured in the sequel, Kingdom Hearts II, but is mentioned. Her story is set to be told in the upcoming PSP game Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep.

Kilala Princess Edit

Main article: Kilala Princess

Template:Expand Cinderella appears as one of the Disney Princesses in the manga, Kilala Princess.

Disney Theme ParksEdit

Main article: Cinderella Castle

The Cinderella Castle is an attraction at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Both serve as globally-recognized icons for their respective theme parks.

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