!![[Disney/{{Cinderella}} The Disney version]]
* AdaptationDisplacement: Some viewers misunderstand that this is adapted from the Charles Perrault version of the tale, not the Brothers Grimm version. Namely Disney did not drop the toe and heel cutting, as that's not in Perrault's version. Likewise the FairyGodmother does not appear in the Grimm version, and there is a three-day ball there.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Some, like Creator/DougWalker, see Cinderella as a broken down victim of domestic abuse who's been so conditioned since early childhood by her [[AbusiveParents abusive stepmother]] to think she doesn't deserve better that she starts off believing it, until her taste of life and happiness away from her abusive family (at the ball, with the prince) convinces her that she ''is'' worth it, and that she needs to ''get out''. (This is also why he dislikes [[Film/Cinderella2015 the remake]]--it makes her more independent from the beginning, but he thinks that just makes her look stupid for not leaving.)
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Cinderella has received criticism for acting subservient to her stepfamily, and depending on others to help her achieve her dreams, as well as praise for maintaining faith in the face of abuse, and taking more steps towards achieving her dreams than Disney/{{Snow White| and the Seven Dwarfs}} and [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]] did. She has become far more assertive and confident in the more recent sequels.
** The mice. Viewers will either find them annoying or adorable.
* BrokenBase:
** Some viewers hold it up as a true Disney classic and recognise it as the studio's return to form after the troubling World War II years. Others find it bland and unmemorable - it has notably less of a cult base than ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' or ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp''.
** Does Cinderella look best as a strawberry blonde with a white dress, like she is depicted in the film, or does she look better as a light blonde with a blue dress, like she does in merchandising?
* EarWorm:
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAJr1ixBdIc Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo]]!''
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI3wjBq3MbQ Cinderelly]], Cinderelly, night and day it's Cinderelly....''
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** The Fairy Godmother, of course. It's surprising to think that she's only in one scene, and yet she's easily one of the most memorable things about the movie. It helps that her song is a huge EarWorm, too.
** An odd example. The pink dress Cinderella was planning to wear to the ball is quite popular among fans, although not to the extent of her more famous ballgown. Merchandise of the pink dress exists, and there are plenty of people who cosplay in it as well.
* FansPreferTheNewHer: At least [[http://orig09.deviantart.net/8b84/f/2014/265/2/a/poor_cinderella_by_nikitacosplay-d80429f.jpg one person]] opted to {{Cosplay}} in Cinderella's torn dress - the very thing that nearly pushed her over the DespairEventHorizon.
* {{Fashion Victim Villain}}s: The stepsisters.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Cinderella was finally identified when the Duke [[TheGirlWhoFitsThisSlipper fits the glass slipper on her foot]]. Nearly fifty years later, the O. J. Simpson trial used a similar method (fitting a glove onto O. J.'s hand) to determine whether or not O. J. was guilty. Even better, the expression "if the shoe fits" (derived from the original fairy tale) sounds amusingly similar to a phrase used by one of O. J.'s lawyers: "If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit." This can be considered HilariousInHindsight or a FunnyAneurysmMoment, depending on how you feel about BlackComedy.
* GirlShowGhetto: The Franchise/DisneyPrincess franchise pushed several Disney movies into this, but ''Cinderella'' might have fallen the most deeply. The Platinum Edition DVD has a girlier set of games than any other movie in the collection, and the ''Cinderella'' Trilogy Blu-Ray/DVD Boxset comes packaged in a white jewelry box. In the UK, ''Cinderella'' [=DVDs=] actually got pulled out of the Disney Vault for a few weeks of 2011, so families anticipating the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton could share them with their daughters.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Cinderella plans to wear a pink dress to the ball, but ends up wearing a white one. Although it's shades of white in the film, it's coloured blue in merchandise. This is hilarious when one thinks of the [[Disney/SleepingBeauty next Disney Princess]] - whose fairy godmothers had a war over whether her dress should be blue or pink. And the one who changes her dress from pink in this film is voiced by Verna Felton - who voices the fairy that wants to keep Aurora's dress pink.
** Another ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' one. In both films the heroine arrives home to have her friends greet her with a new dress, saying "surprise, happy birthday". The fact that Gus says the line mistakenly is amusing since it actually is Aurora's birthday the next time around.
* IronWoobie: Cinderella. Even with all the abuse and hate her stepmother put her through, be it by herself or through her daughters, she never lost hope that someday things would look up for her... at least not until the stepsisters destroy the dress she wanted to wear to the ball (and said dress was made from clothes belonging to ''her mother'', so it makes sense that she'd be upset).
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Though not quite the shipping magnet as newer Disney royalty such as [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Elsa]] or [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]], Cinderella gets treated this way a lot (especially when compared to the other two 'classic' princesses). A good portion of this is thanks to the [[Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime third film]]. It's one of the best received Disney made-for-video sequels. Fans really took to Cinderella's {{Xenafication}} and more in-depth characterization, which boosted her popularity and subsequently how shippable she is.
* LostInImitation: Many a Cinderella shout-outs will feature the heroine donning a ballgown and hairstyle inspired by this version. And many of them will often involve a blue dress, which actually comes from the merchandise rather than the actual film. The dress is white in the film, but is usually coloured blue in associated artwork.
* MemeticMutation: "Happy birthday!" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Said by Gus when the mice show Cinderella her dress for the ball.[[/labelnote]]
* MisBlamed: Fans of the {{Grimmifi|cation}}ed version of ''Cinderella'' tend to accuse Disney of toning the story down by skipping over the gory scenes. Actually, the version Disney chose to adapt is the version written by Creator/CharlesPerrault, which didn't have any gore to begin with. The Grimm's version was also written over a century after Perrault's.
* MoralEventHorizon: You can understand Lady Tremaine wanting her own daughters to come first, and even keeping the more beautiful Cinderella from going to the ball because she would outshine the Sisters. But when she actually locks Cinderella in the tower even though her own daughters can't ''possibly'' fit the slipper, it's nothing but pure spite, even though her step-daughter marrying the prince would be a fine way to enter high society. Breaking the slipper is just icing on her ruthless cake by that point.
* NeverLiveItDown: The Prince for being in the film for [[SmallRoleBigImpact thirty seconds despite his big role in the story]], and for trying to find his true love via shoe size rather than facial recognition. (Though most viewers who accuse him of this seem to forget that the King, who was so desperate to get his son hitched to ''any girl'' ASAP so [[IWantGrandkids he could start giving him grand kids ASAP]], [[LoopholeAbuse deliberately misconstrued the prince's vow]] and used his ExactWords[[note]]The context makes it clear that what the Prince meant was that he would not rest until he found the girl who ''owned'' the slipper, but the king chose to zero in on the words "fits this slipper"[[/note]] to force the Prince to marry the first girl to fit the slipper, that the King himself sent out behind the Prince's back.)
* UglyCute:
** Drizella and Anastasia. Anastasia's cuteness increases subtly in the sequels with her HeelFaceTurn.
** Also Lucifer. It helps that people tend to love animated cats and his expressions are so goofy it's hard not to find them cute.
* UncannyValley: To modern-day viewers, Cinderella can come off as this occasionally - in particular, her blinking looks really creepy, like someone moving a doll's eyelids, making her sometimes look like a mannequin.
* UnnecessaryMakeover: As noted above, some people prefer the pink dress Cinderella was going to wear to the ball - especially as it was her mother's. In a meta sense, fans feel this way about Cinderella getting depicted with blonde hair and a blue dress in the Disney Princess merchandise - rather than her strawberry blonde hair and silver-white dress in the film.
* ValuesDissonance: [[TextileWorkIsFeminine "Leave the sewing to the women".]] What's really weird in this case is that it's a ''lady'' mouse who says this after Jaq ''volunteers'' to do the sewing! Then some male mice are clearly shown sewing later on anyway, making the line even weirder. It's possible the lady mouse meant "Leave the sewing to someone more experienced with it". Given Jaq's lack of stealth and sometimes carelessness (as seen during the aforementioned later sewing scene where he and Gus nearly cut off another mouse's tail), it's a reasonable fear.
* WhatAnIdiot:
** You could say that Cinderella picks up the IdiotBall in the climax, when she goes completely dizzy over the Grand Duke touring the houses, looking for the mysterious girl who danced with the prince all night. It's what makes Lady Tremaine suspect her and lock her in her room, after all. But is it stupid, or is it just a perfectly understandable reaction to learning that you could be marrying a prince? Whatever your opinion, you have to admit you wouldn't get your happy BSOD without it.
** Was Cinderella an idiot to come downstairs in her new dress, even though her step-mother was doing everything possible to keep her from the ball? Or a case of GoodCannotComprehendEvil, with her being ''too kind'' to see Lady Tremaine's treachery coming when she'd held up her own end of the deal so diligently?
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic: [[http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/03/cinderella-the-ultimate-postwar-makeover-story/387229/ According to this article]], when the film first premiered in 1950, it's been thought a fashion allegory between Cinderella's GorgeousGarmentGeneration from the tattered maidservant dress to the sparkly silver ballgown was about the transition from wartime austerity to full-time postwar glamour from Christian Dior's introduction of his "New Look" designs.
--> '''Christian Dior''': Now that Cinderella’s fairy godmother no longer exists, the couturier ''must'' be the magician.
* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: Cinderella is generally used as the UrExample of the "weak, passive" DamselInDistress PrincessClassic that gets bashed in this feminist era. While [[SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]] and [[SleepingBeauty Aurora]] are also pretty meek, they get at least a ''little'' bit of leeway since there's action ''in'' their films, even if they don't participate in it (the dwarves chasing the Evil Queen off a cliff; Philip battling Maleficint). Cinderella gets no such leeway, since her film is overall much more sedate.
* TheWoobie:
** Cinderella.
** The Grand Duke. The poor guy is a nervous wreck in many of the scenes that involve the possibility of something going wrong with the king's plan to get Prince Charming to marry (notable examples include how frantic he is when Cinderella flees the ball, how terrified he is when psyching himself up to tell the king that she's gone, and how upset he is when the slipper is broken.)

!![[Film/{{Cinderella}} The Rodgers and Hammerstein version]]
* AdaptationDisplacement: The 1957 version never received a VHS release, and never aired on television again until 2004, causing people to consider the 1965 version the original.
* CriticalDissonance: Although the 1997 movie got mixed reviews from critics, it was one of the highest rated TV musicals in years and also is fondly remembered by young girls of color for starring a black Cinderella.
* EarWorm:
** "The Prince is giving a ball! The Prince is giving a ball!" King Maximilian even tires of his subjects singing the song every day in the 1957 version.
** "Impossible! For a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage! Impossible! For a plain country bumpkin and a prince to join in marriage!"
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Lionel in the 1997 version is a delight. There's even a stage adaptation that includes him in it, and if the actor playing him pulls it off, he can ''easily'' steal the show.
* EvilIsSexy: Bernadette Peters as the 1997 version's stepmother.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: When the 1957 version came to DVD after a 47-year absence from television and home video, the phrase, "Impossible things are happening every day!" seemed to take on new meaning.
* HilariousInHindsight: In the 1997 remake, during the opening pan through the streets of the village, someone almost runs into a cabbage cart; the driver just barely manages to stop it from overturning, but some of his produce still rolls into the street. A highly enjoyable and highly familiar sight for ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fans eight years later.
* {{Narm}}: "The Prince Is Giving a Ball" in the 90's version. In the original and the 60's remake, the song is about many of the local girls conniving to win the prince. In the 90's remake, probably out of political correctness, it is literally about preparing for a ball.
** The ridicule game in the Broadway version. Hell, you know how the 90's version gets flack for being "overly PC"? The Broadway version plays this up to 11.
* OlderThanTheyThink: As progressive as the 1997 script appears to be, in reality it is closer to the 1950's script than it would like to admit.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Jon Cypher made his television debut in the 1957 version as Prince Christopher, and later became better known as Fletcher Daniels from ''Series/HillStreetBlues''.
** Stuart Damon made his television debut in the 1965 version as Prince Christopher, and later became better known as Dr. Alan Quartermaine from ''Series/GeneralHospital''.
** Santino Fontana, the original Broadway Prince Topher in 2013, later lent his voice to Prince Hans in ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''.
* SpecialEffectFailure: Cinderella's flying carriage in the 1965 version looks like a cel or cut-out puppet with a painted background sliding behind it. During the shots of Cinderella inside the carriage, the "countryside" seen in her window looks like it was added with a chroma key effect.

!![[{{Film/Cinderella}} Other versions]]
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The 1973 Czech version, 'Tři oříšky pro Popelku' ('Three Nuts for Cinderella'), is highly beloved in countries like Germany, Slovakia, Norway, Ukraine etc. being shown annually as a Christmas special.
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