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CINDERELLA

     

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes it was a top-10 hit in 2015, but let’s forget the live-action remake by Disney of its own 1950 animated classic, ‘Cinderella’ and talk instead about the original. Back in the day, Disney was on a cycle of releasing its animated classics into theaters every seven years or so, but with the advent of home video, the studio now reissues titles on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD or whatever the latest home-library technology may be. And that’s all the reason you need for the latest Blu-ray incarnation of ‘Cinderella’ from the folks at Disney. My review below was published in the Deseret News on Jan. 1, 1982, when the film was back in theaters for the umpteenth time. Haven’t shared it with your kids who are too busy watching ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ for the 45th time? Shame on you. Now’s the time.

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy good, funny animation, and this work of Walt Disney is both nostalgic and offers unlimited imagination and creativity.

After 30 years, “Cinderella” still holds up as one of Disney’s finest animated achievements — largely due to the delightful animals that populate the title character’s world.

Jaq and Gus-Gus, the two lead mice; Lucifer, the evil fat cat; Duke, the old dog that eventually saves the day; and the various birds, horses and such that we meet in this feature are always busy, doing interesting — and often hilarious — bits of business.

     

The fairy tale of put-upon Cinderella and her wicked stepmother, along with her two equally wicked (actually spoiled brat) stepsisters and her eventual landing the handsome prince at the Royal Ball (thanks to her fairy godmother and that glass slipper) is by now too familiar to offer any surprises, and may even be a bit tame to the sophisticated youngsters brought up on “Sesame Street” and “Star Wars,” but the duller musical pauses and romantic aspects tend to travel by rather quickly.

Parents are likely to enjoy “Cinderella” every bit as much as their children, thanks to a heavy amount of humor and a number of truly delightful characters.

     

While it’s true there’s very little family fare in the form of new movies this Christmas season, it’s nice to know that Disney is still thinking of material for parents and children to see together — even if it’s recycled material.

And, as it should be, “Cinderella” is rated G.