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->''A dream is a wish your heart makes\\
When you're fast asleep\\
In dreams you lose your heartaches\\
Whatever you wish for, you keep\\
Have faith in your dreams and someday\\
Your rainbow will come smiling thru\\
No matter how your heart is grieving\\
If you keep on believing\\
the dream that you wish will come true''

Entry #12 in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, '''''Cinderella''''', based on the FairyTale "Literature/{{Cinderella}}", and marked Disney's return to single-story feature-length films in [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1950]], after the WWII years where Disney was limited to making collections of shorts (e.g. ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'', ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'') while many of their staff were drafted to the war effort. Advertisement posters touted Cinderella as the best since ''Disney/SnowWhite'' and for the time it definitely marked a return to form, though the painstaking (and extremely expensive) animation techniques of the earlier films were scaled back.

Cinderella got not one, but ''two'' DirectToVideo sequels: ''Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue'' (2002) and ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' (2007). (If a trope page referring to one of those movies brought you here, please correct the link.)

It is also one of the movies featured in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. Cinderella herself has a minor (but important) role as one of the seven Princesses of Heart driving the plot of the first game. Nothing from the series appears again until ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', where it gets an entire world called ''Castle of Dreams''.
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!!Disney's original film includes examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Lady Tremaine is overbearing, manipulative, and cruel to Cinderella. She's only a few notches better to her own daughters.
* ActuallyIAmHim: Cinderella didn't realize that the man she was dancing with all night and consequently fell in love with was the prince himself.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Cinderella has [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cinderella-disneyscreencaps_com-5347_4091.jpg strawberry-blonde hair and a silver dress]] in the film, but in the Franchise/DisneyPrincess [[CashCowFranchise Merchandise]], she has [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mvMgSR-iO_I/URTvthqOwdI/AAAAAAAAj20/C2fBnMqrXg8/s1600/bluecinderella.jpg blonde hair and a blue dress.]]
* AdiposeRex: The King has quite the belly on him.
* AllThereInTheManual: Cinderella's horse is named Major, but the only official material that states it is the Platinum Edition's companion book.
* AlmostKiss: Cinderella and the prince are leaning towards each other and then GONG!
* AristocratsAreEvil: ''Lady'' Tremaine and her schemes.
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: When Cinderella is fleeing because the clock is striking midnight.
--> '''Duke:''' Stop that coach! Close the gates! Close the gates!
--> (Then, when the coach barely makes it through as the gates close.)
--> '''Duke:''' Follow that coach! Open the gates! Open the gates!
* BadassAdorable: Jaq and Gus; little mice on a grand adventure to retrieve materials for Cinderella's dress.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness:
** Cinderella is prettier and much nicer than her cartoonish and mean stepsisters. In fact, look at the way the Grand Duke reacted to the stepsisters and Cinderella. With the stepsisters, he grimaced at the sight of them and was generally repulsed by their attitude, impatient to leave. When Cinderella asked to try on the shoe, his face lit up (as well as noticing her petite feet) and helped her down the stairs.
** Anastasia is even made a bit cuter in the sequels, where she's not so evil. This may or may not be due to improved animation, but it still fits thematically.
* BigBad: Lady Tremaine is the cause of all of TheProtagonist's woes and the one she must overcome to reach HappilyEverAfter.
* BigDamnHeroes: The birds and Bruno the Dog are ultimately what save Gus and Jaq from Lucifer, when he comes close to sabotaging their attempt to free Cinderella. This is made even more triumphant by the fact that a first-time viewer might be wondering out loud during Jaq and Gus's long climb, just where the other animals are (especially the mice) and why they're not helping.
* BigGood: The Fairy Godmother is a powerful and benevolent aid to our leading lady.
* BigWhat: Spoken by the King after the Grand Duke explains that the beautiful woman who captured the Prince's heart at the ball has gone:
-->'''King:''' I hereby dub you, Sir... Hmm... Oh, by the way, what title would you like?\\
'''Duke:''' Sire, she got away.\\
'''King:''' "She Got Away"? A peculiar title, but if that's what you... She ''what''?! Why, you... you traitor!
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The three daughters.
* BraggingThemeTune: ''Cinderella, you're as lovely as your name. Cinderella, you're a sunset in a frame...'' It sounds pretty classy in comparison to most examples.
* BreakoutCharacter: Jaq and Gus went on to star in many Disney comics after the movie had been released, with and without the rest of the cast. They were even brought into the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, and for decades they kept appearing in stories where they were house-mice on Grandma Duck's farm. Plus, Gus also appears in ''Series/OnceUponATime''.
* BrokenAesop: A downplayed trope. The film tries to emphasize the importance of having faith but fairy godmother appears to help Cinderella when she's at the edge of the DespairEventHorizon. It's downplayed/fixed when the fairy godmother points out the importance of having even the smallest speck of faith.
-->'''Fairy Godmother''': If you lost ''all'' your faith, I wouldn't be here... and here I am!
* ButtMonkey: The Grand Duke due to all the comic mishaps involving the slipper.
* TheCaligula: The king is a violent maelstrom of emotion. It's a wonder he hasn't killed the Grand Duke by the time of the movie.
* CatsAreMean: Lucifer, whose name should speak for itself.
* CatStereotype: Lucifer is dark grey and grey with a black head and off-white muzzle, and fits both black and grey cat stereotypes by being evil, fat and lazy.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The second glass slipper left to Cinderella after the spell breaks comes in handy later on.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Bruno (see below).
* ChekhovsHobby: A variation: when one first sees Bruno, he is sleeping and dreaming of chasing Lucifer, which Cinderella warns him against, lest he loses his nice warm bed. Later, when Cinderella is locked in her chamber and the mice have the key to unlock it but are stopped by Lucifer, she calls on her bird friends to retrieve Bruno, who chases off Lucifer for real, thus allowing the mice to bring Cinderella the key.
* DanceOfRomance: With Cinderella and the Prince, as seen in that page's image. This is where they fall in love.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: When Lady Tremaine realized that Cinderella was the girl the Prince fell in love with, she locked Cinderella in her room up in the tower where her cries wouldn't be heard and kept the key on hand. When that failed (thanks to Cinderella's mice friends), she tripped the footman carrying the glass slipper so Cinderella wouldn't have proof that she was the right girl. That backfired on her when Cinderella revealed she had the other half of the pair of slippers.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** The Grand Duke has a few witty words to say about "true love" and such.
** Cinderella gets a priceless moment in when she decides that the summons from the King is worth breaking the rules and interrupting the "music lesson". You could practically "see" the air quotes around that phrase.
* DeathGlare: Lady Tremane has one when she realizes Cinderella was at the ball and got the prince. The glare even included shadows darkening over her face.
* DescriptionCut: The Grand Duke's rather sarcastic narration of the King's hopes for the ball ("Suddenly he stops! He looks up! Alone, there she stands!") plays out with perfect sincerity as the Prince meets Cinderella.
* DespairEventHorizon: Cinderella teeters on the edge when Lady Tremaine and her daughters destroy her dress and her hopes of attending the ball. Fortunately her Fairy Godmother arrives and makes everything right.
* DigitalDestruction: The 2005 [[http://members.chello.nl/h.h.j.f.beens/temp/Cinderella_VHSvsBD.jpg restoration]] removed outlines, altered some of the colors (in some cases to match with the marketing), and erased some of the magic dust.
* DisappearedDad: His death is part of the film's prologue.
* DisneyPrincess: This film serves as Cinderella's "origin story", as it were.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Lucifer falls from the tower at the end, although comic stories produced shortly after the film as well as the even later sequels show that he survived. Must have something to do with being a cat (be it landing on their feet, having nine lives, or [[RealityEnsues their fatal velocity being higher than their]] [[{{Pun}} terminal velocity]]).
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Cinderella's stepsisters viciously ripping apart the dress she's wearing (because they recognize the sash and beads incorporated into it as their own castoffs) can be interpreted as sexual assault.
* DoomedNewClothes: The dress Cinderella had on before her Fairy Godmother gave her a new one.
* DramaticDrop Cinderella drops the breakfast tray when she hears from Lady Tremaine that the Prince will marry the girl who can fit the glass slipper.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The dress is made by magic sparkles, and the heart on the glass slippers glitters with sparkles.
%%* EvilEyebrows: Lady Tremaine.
* EvilMatriarch: Lady Tremaine exploits her daughters as social ladders and her step-daughter as a servant.
* ExactWords:
** Lady Tremaine promises Cinderella that she can go to the ball if she finishes her work and can find something to wear. She and her daughters then arrange things so that Cinderella can't fulfill the conditions.
** The Prince swears to marry the girl who could wear the glass slipper. The King decides to hold him to his word, and issues a royal decree to that effect.
%%* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Lady Tremaine
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Excluding how Lady Tremaine came into Cinderella's life and Cinderella's wedding, the main story takes place in 24 hours.
* FairyGodmother: A SpiritAdvisor shaped like a grandmother appears to Cinderella in her hour of need.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: Cindy wears one in the movie's conclusion.
* FallingInLoveMontage: {{Invoked|Trope}} by the king, then {{Discussed|Trope}} while such a thing is demonstrated.
* FatAndSkinny: Two comical duos here.
** Jaq and Gus.
** The King and the Grand Duke.
* FatBastard: Lucifer, the cat.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Lady Tremaine, judging by the tone of her voice, is being cordial to Cinderella. Her words are abusive.
* FlippingTheBird: After politely greeting girl after girl at the ball, the prince aims a yawn towards where his father sits when he wasn't greeting anyone. It may not seem much to a modern viewer, but at the time presented in the film it was like the prince gave his father the finger.
* FollowYourHeart: "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes".
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Cinderella loses a shoe while doing her duties early in the film.
* FourthDateMarriage: One date marriage. Though in the third movie, it's justified that holding a woman's hand tells the prince she's the one. He doesn't feel it when he was made to think he danced with Anastasia or when Anastasia magically looks like Cinderella.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Aside from the cat, [[FauxSymbolism Lucifer]], Cinderella is friends with all the animals. She even tries to find some good in Lucifer, although she fails.
* TheGirlWhoFitsThisSlipper: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, although it's {{subverted|Trope}}. Not only do both the Grand Duke and the King acknowledge that the slipper could fit any number of girls, Cinderella doesn't even get to try it on; she proves her identity instead by producing its match, which is more conclusive. If some form of explanation is needed for why the slipper ''didn't'' fit any number of girls aside from Cinderella herself, the easiest one would be that it was created specifically for her, by magic, and might even become just a little too small (or large) for anyone else who tried to wear it.
* GorgeousGarmentGeneration: Creating the blue-silver ballgown for Cinderella is part of the fairy godmother's song.
%%* GreenEyes: Lady Tremaine and Lucifer.
* {{Hammerspace}}: After the Fairy Godmother offers to help Cinderella get ready for the ball, she searches around for her magic wand, then remembers that she "put it away." She uses a special hand motion to summon the wand from thin air.
* HandWave: Both the original movie and ''Cinderella III'' [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade]] on how it's ridiculous to expect just one girl to fit the slipper, but they both {{justif|iedTrope}}y it differently. In ''Cinderella'' it's implied the prince said he'd marry TheGirlWhoFitsThisSlipper as a shorthand for "that girl I fell in love with", but the king is so fed up with his son and lack of grandchildren that he makes it a literal royal order. In ''Cinderella III'' [[CanonDiscontinuity on the other hand]] it's the king himself who points out the absurdity of the quest, and indeed when the person who fits the slipper [[spoiler:turns out to be Anastasia]] the prince [[spoiler:apologizes and refuses to marry her. [[{{Brainwashed}} At first]].]]
* HaveAGayOldTime: Almost word-for-word: Right before Cinderella leaves for the ball, the Fairy Godmother tells her to "Have a good time! Dance! Be gay!"
* HeirClubForMen: {{Averted|Trope}}. The king dreams about doing typical "grandfatherly" things with a grandson and a granddaughter instead of simply wanting heirs.
* HeroicBSOD: Cinderella gets an ever-so-brief one when she learns the Prince is in love with the girl who lost her glass slipper at the ball causing her to drop a tray of food in mild shock.
* HighClassGlass: The Duke wears one and it makes him look quite sophistcated. It falls out when he losses his composure or is subjected to comedy.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: One must wonder what Cinderella's dad saw in Lady Tremaine.
* HypocriticalHumour:
** From Lady Tremaine, accompanying her daughters on piano.
--->'''Lady Tremaine:''' Girls! Girls! Above all, self-control!\\
''(Cinderella knocks, interrupting the lesson)''\\
'''Lady Tremaine:''' ''(slams her hands on the piano)'' '''YES?!?!'''
** The King who scoffs at the Duke's much more sensible ideas about letting the Prince fall in love:
--->'''Grand Duke:''' Perhaps if we just let him alone --\\
'''The King:''' Let him alone?! With his silly romantic ideas?\\
'''Grand Duke:''' B-But, sire, in matters of love...\\
'''The King:''' Love. Bah! Just a boy meeting a girl under the right conditions. ''(pushes books off the table and puts together the male and female figurines together)'' So, we're arranging the conditions.
* IGaveMyWord: Her ''exact'' word. The word in this case is "if".
* IKissYourHand: The prince does this when he first meets Cinderella. Quite charming, isn't it?
* InnocentBlueEyes: Cinderella's reflect her gentle and kind nature.
* IResembleThatRemark:
** This exchange:
--->'''The King:''' ''(after throwing his crown out of the window)'' My son has been avoiding his responsibilities long enough. It's high time he married and settled down.\\
'''Grand Duke:''' ''(as he rises out of the wreckage of furniture the King threw at him)'' Of course, your Majesty, but we must be patient...\\
'''The King:''' I AM PATIENT!!!! ''(throws an inkwell)''
* IWantGrandkids: The king. Oh so much.
-->'''King:''' I can't understand it ! There must be at least ''one'' who would make a suitable mother!\\
'''Grand Duke:''' Shhhh! Sire...\\
'''King:''' Ahem... A suitable ''wife''!
* IWantSong: "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes".
* {{Jerkass}}: Lady Tremaine and her two daughters are thoroughly unpleasant people, and the former is manipulative to boot.
* KarmaHoudini: Lady Tremaine doesn't get any real comeuppance in this film.
* KickTheDog: Anastasia and Drizella destroying Cinderella's dress. That was just spiteful.
* LampshadeHanging: The Duke points out how ridiculous it is to think that the glass slipper will ''only'' fit the girl who left it behind.
-->'''Grand Duke:''' But Sire, this slipper may fit any number of girls!\\
'''King:''' [[HandWave That's his problem]]. He's given his word, we'll hold him to it.
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: Lady Tremaine wants to get a closer look at Cinderella, who was dancing with the Prince, only for the Grand Duke to close the curtains on her by orders of the King to let no one disrupt them.
* LetsGetDangerous: When Bruno is first summoned to help Cinderella, he's very groggy and a bit dopey-looking. But after some avian assistance, he tears up those stairs with a vengeance and scares the living daylights out of Lucifer even ''before'' he growls at the cat.
* LimitedWardrobe: You have to wonder where Anastasia and Drizella get all those differently colored clothes for Cinderella to wash considering all the clothes they are ever actually seen wearing are, respectively, hot pink and green. Even their nightgowns match the color scheme. The opening narration does refer to the family fortunes being "squandered" by them. It's not entirely unreasonable they insisted on buying them but never wore them or wore them very little.
* LoopholeAbuse: This gem when Lady Tremaine promises Cinderella permission to attend the ball ''if'' she finishes all the work.
-->'''Drizella:''' Mother! Do you realize what you just said!?\\
'''Lady Tremaine:''' Of course. I said "''if''".
* LoveAtFirstSight: Mocked by the Grand Duke -- at the very point the Prince falls victim to it upon setting eyes upon Cinderella.
* LoveTheme: "So This is Love," heard during Cinderella and the Prince's [[DanceOfRomance dance together]].
* LyricalDissonance: When Cinderella is sobbing in the garden that there's nothing to believe in anymore, a chorus sings a DarkReprise of her IWantSong, "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes", with the same upbeat lyrics. This leads up to the appearance of the Fairy Godmother.
* MagicWand: Fairy Godmother pulls it out of thin air and uses it to transmorgify things.
* TheMakeover: A magically enabled one involving a gown, shoes, and hair styling.
* TheMatchmaker: The king plans to use the ball to "arrange the conditions" for his son to marry ''someone''. It doesn't matter who, just so long as he gets grandkids.
* MementoMacGuffin: The remaining glass slipper, which Cinderella assumes will be nothing more than a keepsake from one magical evening.
* MissingMom:
** The Prince's mom is never mentioned. Until ''Cinderella III'', where the King mentions that she was... quite atypical for a noblewoman, but they still dearly loved each other.
** Cinderella's mom gets a couple tiny nods; the prologue makes it clear that she died and that the main reason her dad married again was because he thought she needed a mother. The dress that Cinderella originally plans to modify to wear to the ball was, as she specifically states, her mother's.
* TheMusical: Lots of songs here, but oddly enough, they're only song by heroes. There's no VillainSong.
* MusicalChores: "The Work Song" and "Sing Sweet Nightingale".
%%* NaiveEverygirl: Cinderella.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Let's just say "Lucifer" was an appropriate name for [[CatsAreMean the cat]].
* NiceMice: Jaq and Gus. The former leads the "The Work Song" and Gus is happy to help any way he can.
* NiceShoes: The glass slippers were certainly drawn to look nice.
* OhCrap:
** Gus has this reaction when he sees how tall the stairs to Cinderella's room are, just after he and Jaq finished moving the key up a previous flight of stairs.
** Lady Tremaine when Cinderella reveals the other glass slipper to the Duke.
%%* OpeningChorus
* OperaGloves: These are part of Cinderella's magical ball outfit.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: The fairy godmother looks completely human but appears out of magic dust.
* ParentalFavoritism: The Stepmother favours her daughters over Cinderella any day.
* PimpedOutDress: Layered skirts, sparkles and complete with opera gloves and glass slippers.
%%* ThePollyanna: Cinderella
* PrinceCharming: It's implied that the prince has a rebellious streak, but with Cinderella he is nothing if not charming.
** Also literally! The prince's official name is Charming.
* PrincessClassic: One of Disney's oldest examples: kind, forgiving, idealistic, the princess deal, etc.
* RagsToRiches: Cinderella works like a slave or indentured servant, thus no spending money. Then she marries the prince.
* RebelPrince: If the King's word is to be trusted, Prince Charming is a bit like this; this is best seen at the beginning of the ball where after bowing to greet a guest the Prince looks up to his father in the balcony and yawns; that might not seem like much today but at the time depicted in the film it was like giving his old man the finger.
* RhymesOnADime: The FairyGodmother.
* RightHandCat: Lucifer to the evil stepmother, the first time we see them together.
* RoyalDecree: The Duke gives one of these to start the search for Cinderella using the glass slipper. This means that the Prince will have to marry ''someone'' soon.
* RunningGag: Cinderella losing her shoe is turned into one. In addition to the famous one, she loses one of her shoes while delivering breakfast to her stepfamily and again [[spoiler: at her wedding]].
* ScareEmStraight: When Gus first sees Lucifer, he's in a scrapping mood. Jaq ''immediately'' tells him that this is not a joke. Lucifer is mean and nasty and will ''hurt'' you, and you must ''not'' confront him. (Ultimately, the animals have to collectively get past this to free Cinderella).
* SealedWithAKiss: Final scene-a kiss in a carrage after a wedding.
* ServileSnarker: The GenreSavvy Grand Duke. The king does not appreciate his humor.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Cinderella gets two moments like this. The first is a disapproving one from her stepfamily when she shows up with the modified pink dress. The second time is of course when the Prince sees her in the ballgown Fairy Godmother gives her.
* SimpletonVoice: Gus. You can tell Jaq is the brains of the duo simply by his voice, long before he shows his lack of stealth.
* SimpleYetOpulent: Cinderella's magic-made dress and wedding dress.
* SmugSnake: Lady Tremaine's patronizing arrogance makes her that much more hateable.
* SoMuchForStealth: This trope is the bane of Jaq's existence every time he goes anywhere with Gus. Gus is constitutionally ''incapable'' of keeping quiet.
* StorybookOpening: It sets the mood for the fairy tale to come.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: This occurs twice with the Fairy Godmother; most of her rhymes are genuine, but...
** After making the coach:
-->'''Fairy Godmother''': Now, with an elegant coach like that, of course, we'll simply have to have...
-->''(Major, Cinderella's horse standing nearby, clears his throat)''
-->'''Fairy Godmother''': Mice!
-->''(Major does a DoubleTake)''
** After making the horses:
-->'''Fairy Godmother''': Now, um, where were we? Oh, goodness, yes. You can't go to the ball without, um...
-->''(Cinderella looks hopeful about her dress, for the third time)''
-->'''Fairy Godmother''': A horse!
-->'''Cinderella''': A-a-another one?
* ThisIsReality
-->'''Grand Duke:''' ''(playing with his monacle like a yo-yo)'' He looks up, and lo! There she stands - the girl of his dreams. Who she is or whence she came, he knows not, nor does he care, for his heart tells him that ''here'' is the maiden predestined to be his bride... Oh, a pretty plot for fairy tales, sire, but in real life, it was foredoomed to failure!
** This is also kind of a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}, because even as he casually narrates all this, that's exactly what's happening.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Jaq and Gus.
** Also, the King and the Grand Duke.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Her iconic dress was mostly silver, but the shoes are blue. Material outside this film make it outright blue.
* UptownGirl: Cinderella the servant girl and the Prince. Thank Goodness the King wants grandchildren!
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: "The spell will be broken." All of Cinderella's princess attire disappears.
* WickedStepmother: Lady Tremaine, probably the archetypal cinematic example of a woman who abuses her step-children and favors her blood children.
* YoungestChildWins: Averted. It is merely stated that Cinderella is the around the same age as her stepsisters; it is never specified who is the youngest.
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