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
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.
Though that might be partly because her original design was harder to draw, and Disney sequels are not known for having good animation.
Big "WHAT?!": 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!
Bragging Theme Tune: 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, though.
Breakout Character: Jaq and Gus, who 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 Disney Ducks Comic Universe, and for decades they kept appearing in stories where they were house-mice on Grandma Duck's farm.
Broken Aesop: The film tries to emphasize the importance of having faith. When does the fairy godmother appear to help Cinderella? When she's at the edge of the Despair Event Horizon. The most important thing, though, is that there was still a faint speck of faith within her. As the fairy godmother put it, "If you lost all your faith, I wouldn't be here... and here I am!"
Cat Stereotype: 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.
Chekhov's Gun: Cinderella loses a shoe while doing her duties early in the film. Also, the second glass slipper left to her after the spell breaks comes in handy later on.
Chekhov's Hobby: 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.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Lady Tremaine. When she 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.
Death Glare: 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.
Description Cut: 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.
Despair Event Horizon: 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.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: 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.
Doomed New Clothes: The dress Cinderella had on before her Fairy Godmother gave her a new one.
Dramatic Drop Cinderella drops the breakfast tray when she hears from Lady Tremaine that the Prince will marry the girl who can fit the glass slipper.
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.
Flipping the Bird: 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.
Foot Focus: The whole point of the story, obviously. Though oddly, Cindy doesn't seem to have any toes.
Once we get to the 2nd sequel...see below.
Fourth Date Marriage: One date marriage. Though in the sequel, 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.
The Girl Who Fits This Slipper: The Trope Namer, although it's actually subverted. 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.
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.
Hand Wave: Both the original movie and Cinderella IIIhang a lampshade on how it's ridiculous to expect just one girl to fit the slipper, but they both justify it differently. In Cinderella it's implied the prince said he'd marry The Girl Who Fits This Slipper 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 IIIon 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 turns out to be Anastasia the prince apologizes and refuses to marry her. At first.
Have a Gay Old Time: Almost word-for-word: Right before Cinderella leaves for the ball, the Fairy Godmother tells her to "Have a good time! Dance! Be gay!"
Heir Club for Men: Averted. The king dreams about doing typical "grandfatherly" things with a grandson and a granddaughter instead of simply wanting heirs.
Heroic BSOD: 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.
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.
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)
Karma Houdini: In the Disney version and its sequels, Lady Tremaine never really gets much punishment (except the public humiliation by being turned into a frog and then into a maid in front of the King and the Prince in Cinderella III) for making poor Cinderella's life Hell.
The maid dress seemed to be the implication that, like in Ever After, they were being punished by being forced into servitude of the girl who was once their own servant. Given that their actions in the third movie seemed driven purely by their jealousy that Cinderella escaped their servitude, it seems like a fitting punishment.
Lampshade Hanging: 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:That's his problem. He's given his word, we'll hold him to it.
Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: 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.
Limited Wardrobe: 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.
Loophole Abuse: 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".
Love at First Sight: Mocked by the Grand Duke — at the very point the Prince falls victim to it upon setting eyes upon Cinderella.
Lyrical Dissonance: When Cinderella is sobbing in the garden that there's nothing to believe in anymore, a chorus sings a Dark Reprise of her "I Want" Song, "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes", with the same upbeat lyrics. This leads up to the appearance of the Fairy Godmother.
Memento MacGuffin: The remaining glass slipper, which Cinderella assumes will be nothing more than a keepsake from one magical evening.
Missing Mom: 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.
Rebel Prince: 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.
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 pre-destined to be his bride... Oh, a pretty plot for fairy tales, sire, but in real life, it was foredoomed to failure!
And this is also kind of a Funny Moment, because even as he casually narrates all this, that's exactly what's happening.
True Blue Femininity: Her iconic dress was mostly silver, but the shoes are blue. And material outside this film make it outright blue.