Cinderella Awards: Slippers, Castles and Carriages.

Next Friday yet another adaptation of the classic Cinderella story hits theaters. This story has been told on screen time and time again as far back as 1899! It's amazing to me that in the birth of cinema THIS was one of the first stories that filmmakers felt should be told. So why tell it one more time? What is it about the Cinderella story that begs to be told? Well for one thing let's be honest...Disney is out of ideas in the live action department and they love to milk their cash cows until they're dry (they also happen to be in luck that live action fairy tales are sooo en vogue!) But apart from the financial reasons and what's popular at the moment, Cinderella is the ultimate underdog story about dreams coming true. Being able to come from absolutely nothing to having just exactly what your heart desires has to appeal to a part of all of us right? So in honor of the fairy tale and all its iterations I have decided to do a giant rewatch of as many as I can (my lists are set to include selections from Disney's animated Cinderella, the new one opening next weekend, Ever After, two of the Rodgers and Hammerstein's adaptations, The Slipper and the Rose, Cindy, Faerie Tale Theatre's version and A Cinderella Story) and break every element down to you and tell you which movie did what best. As there is a LOT of ground to cover, I'll be giving you a post every weekday until the film comes out... and we will dub these: THE CINDERELLA AWARDS. Today we'll be discussing the key to the tale: her shoes! And also the castle she stands to inherit and the carriage that took her there. But before that, take a look at the very first telling of the tale in a film: The Georges Melies 1899 short film.

The FIRST ever Cinderella movie.


It seems that every girl of my generation is obsessed with this telling of the story... Every girl that is, but me! That said, I can't deny that this movie produced a mighty fine shoe. This show is the fairest of all the shoes in the kingdom (whoops wrong fairy tale.) This shoe is appealing because.. well it's sparkly and it doesn't look as uncomfortable as all the other glass slippers around (it helps that only the heel is glass.)

When one of the words in the title of this movie is "slipper" they darn well better have a beautiful shoe for their Cinderella. Luckily they did not drop the ball. It looks like shoe fit for a snow queen! A Let It Go singing one..

3. CINDERELLA (1950)
I always loved the little sparkle that constantly gathered around the shoe to look like a giant magically sparkling buckle. Something about this shoe made it seem that, even though, the ball was long finished, the magic still lived on... which when you think about it.. why DOES the shoe survive the magic and nothing else??

No this ain't no glass slipper. Instead, it's a slipper as pure as gold! In a sea of glass slippers. this golden one kind of becomes refreshing! Still... it doesn't quite fit your iconic imagery of what the shoe should be, but a gorgeous shoe in its own right.

5. CINDERELLA (2015)
Like the animated version, these seemed to always have some magic about them. But there's no way they look comfortable despite what the Fairy Godmother says. Way too angular for that. Also, I'm not sure I approve of all the butterflies in her outfit. If I were Cinderella I'd tell the Fairy Godmother "thanks but I'm not 6 years old."

Worst: Rodgers and Hammerstein's '65. Glass slippers and colored stockings? Someone call the Fashion Police!

WORST: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella 1997. NO Shoe should be this clear. Yuck.

Which movie has the best glass slipper?

Ever After
The Slipper and the Rose
Cinderella (1950)
Cinderella (2015)
Into the Woods
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Next up:

1. CINDERELLA (2015)
Wow what a dream! If she didn't already like the Prince prior to this, this palace is totally capable of that "Pemberley" moment to make you like any man who owns the place (or soon will.) The gardens are lovely and any place that has a secret one has to win the competition. 

This was SO hard! This almost edged out the new Cinderella.. because I just LOVE the French style castles from this period (thank you Loire Valley for making me obsessed..) but I have to say the new film's castle made more of an impression. But look, this is a gorgeous castle and worthy of any Cinderella princess (maybe not Drew but we'll get there.)

The castle of Prince Charming in Into the Woods is more medieval style and thus one wonders how nice inside. Mainly I'm wondering what the bathroom situation is like. Shudder. But it's pretty grand all things considered.

4. CINDERELLA (1950)
How come the castle at Disneyland that's supposed to be "her" castle looks nothing like this? I love how tall and skinny it is. And of course they had some very fine gardens of their own.

I guess this castle is kind of cool. But the people that live in it sure are stuffy. Too many rules and too much singing. I'd always be visiting the grave yards too.

Worst: Cindy. A Cinderella Story.. by default. But they still managed to find a really pretty place for a dance.

Which movie has the best castle?

Cinderella (2015)
Into the Woods
Ever After
Cinderella (1950)
The Slipper and the Rose
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1. CINDERELLA (2015)
The perfect balance between resembling a pumpkin and being completely elegant. A very hard feat to pull off. Well done production design team!

Okay these ones don't resemble their pumpkin heritage at all... but they're prettier coaches than the ones that do and they're oh so glamorous.

3. CINDERELLA (1950)
How can I not include this one? It's so iconic. But yeah it probably wouldn't be one of my top choices to be taken to the ball in. Looks too much like a pumpkin...but the white helps. Unlike the color of the next ones..

She's lucky no one saw her carriage to ask.. um why does it resemble a pumpkin so much. Still the interior is nice at least.

Orange and gold? Blech! I probably should have chosen A Cinderella Story over this.. but it just depresses me too much that the car gets ruined for no reason. Instead this ugly pumpkin carriage deserves to disappear at the stroke of midnight.

WORST: CINDY. Pretty sure she just gets a cab.

Which movie has the best carriage?

Cinderella (2015)
The Slipper and the Rose/Faerie Tale Theatre
Cinderella (1950)
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella 1965
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella 1997
A Cinderella Story
Poll Maker
That's it for this installment. Come back Monday to discuss best and worst FAIRY GODMOTHERS. Bippity boppity BOO.


Johanna said...

First, I think it's Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland. That was Walt Disney's favorite animation show and I think the castle is tribute to that, but I'm not sure.

Second, that was so cool seeing that movie. 1899! Wow! The clock seemed to have a bigger part than Cinderella and certainly bigger than the prince. What was the movie trying to say about time? And if it could fit the whole story in just over 5 minutes, then we know the rest of them are filled with a lot of fluff!

Sarah said...

Well, you know how I feel about Slipper and the Rose. :) However, the king's bed in Cinderella is enough for that castle to win hands down just for the furnishings. I would LOVE to have a bed that big...and a master bedroom big enough to hold it. :)

I'm excited for your next posts.

Oh, and how awesome that the movie from 1899 survived. Very succinct...but they did a great job!