Fridge / Cinderella

The Disney version

Fridge Brilliance
  • Both Charles Perrault's and the Brothers Grimm's versions of the Fairy Tale mention that one of the step-sisters was slightly less mean than the other one...
  • The third movie was the first time Cinderella had something serious to fight for and was in actual danger. It makes sense that she'd be more badass than in the original movie.
  • Lady Tremaine and her daughters are the most infamous cases of Karma Houdini in the Disney franchise. In the original Perrault story, Cinderella forgives her stepfamily.
  • When Cinderella was confronting her stepmother for the prank that her stepfamily assumed she did, look at the lighting and use of shadows when Cinderella is still inside her stepmom' s room, still near the door: they resemble prison bars. In other words, Cinderella is in her own prison.
  • Why the big deal with the glass slipper fitting the girl? Why not just have the prince identify his love? Well, the prince probably was out searching for Cinderella. But it's a big enough kingdom and literally every eligible woman was at the ball, so he needs help tracking her down. The Duke gets stuck with slipper duty because he doesn't know Cinderella's face as well.
  • Most claim Canon Discontinuity when the king orders "girl who fits the slipper" hunt in the first film but lampshades its ridiculousness in the third. However, he was in hysterics, and possibly even drunk, when he made that order. So it is likely he had a clearer head by the next morning and would've called the order off had his son not insisted they keep trying.
    • He lampshades it even in the first film. He wants his son to marry, so he goes down the Exact Words route. The Duke says that the shoe could fit any number of girls - and the King says that the Prince will have to marry whichever one the shoe fits.
    • As pointed out on the Headscratchers page, searching via the shoe is actually quite a reasonable idea. No internet or TV to track her down - and she definitely didn't get an introduction at the ball. But a shoe made of glass would have to be moulded around the foot to be an absolute perfect fit. If Cinderella has unusually small feet, then she's probably the only one who could fit into it. So searching via the shoe has a good chance of finding the right girl (provided her stepmother doesn't lock her in the attic that is). Also, although unknown to the prince, it's a magic shoe, so it could fit only Cinderella and be suitable for dancing in although made of glass.
  • In Real Life, a Grand Duke and a King are often related, often as closely as cousins. No wonder the Duke can speak so open-mindedly to the King - they are close relations!
  • Lucifer fell.

Fridge Horror
  • If Cinderella did not escape her room in time, what would Lady Tremaine have done to her? Leave her in there to starve to death? Kill her when everyone left?
  • Cinderella's step-sisters destroy the dress she's wearing with their bare hands after discovering that she made the dress out of the same materials they had on their dresses. A kid is reminded of fighting with her own siblings over things like clothes and thinks, "That's so mean!" An adult finds it disturbingly similar to sexual assault (or, if you really want to be perverted, a good, ol'-fashioned, clothes-rippin' Cat Fight).
    • More Fridge Horror comes in when you realize that if the stepsisters have no problem assaulting Cindrella in such a fashion (no pun intended), then they and their mother may have physically abused Cinderella prior to this!
    • The worst part? That dress was all she had left of her dead mother!
      • Maybe that's why the dress only has a few rips in the 2015 version. Ella could get a needle and thread and fix it.
  • In Cinderella: A Twist in Time, the lengths Lady Tremaine goes to replace Cinderella with one of her own daughters as the prince's wife is really alarming, when you think about it. Cinderella is Happily Married, moved away from her stepfamily, and probably never thought she'd have to deal with them again. Then Lady Tremaine turns back the clock and starts casting enchantments left and right to have her way. Even worse, she's clearly more than willing to erase Anastasia's identity in the process. Her last plan was to turn Anastasia into a copy of Cinderella. So not only was she tricking the prince into marrying under false pretenses, but she's condemning Anastasia to either a marriage as a lie (if Anastasia stays looking like Cinderella for the rest of her life) or a marriage where the prince is almost certainly resentful and upset (if Anastasia is turned into her own form after the wedding).
    • After Anastasia brings home the magic wand, her mother assumes its just a stick and the other sister blurts out "Let's beat her with it!" I guess now that Cinderella is gone, the Mother found another outlet for her cruelty... Even worse is that Anastasia and her sister seemed to be, while maybe not close, at least getting along with each other before...Which means that Anastasia's sister probably turned on her just as fast as their mother did, and probably takes part in the abuse herself!
  • According to Cinderella, "A dream is a wish your heart makes". If one were to take this to be true, then hearts really love to wish for messed up things, and nightmares!
  • To say nothing of the fact that Cinderella married someone she knew nothing about.
    • That turns into more of a fridge tear jerker if you realize she did it to get out of an abusive household.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein version

Fridge Logic
  • Several people have seen the 1997 version, or clips and pictures of it, and wondered how an African-European queen and a white king could have a Filipino prince for a son.
  • The prince tries the shoe on EVERY girl, including ones that don't even remotely resemble her, Calliope and Minerva notwithstanding. That is, girls who are clearly shorter or taller than her or of a different ethnicity. It would make sense if, say, Lionel went all by himself and forgot what she looked like entirely, but Christopher was with him.
    • It would have been pretty racist of him to have every black girl try on the shoe.

Fridge Brilliance
  • 2013 version: During the Stepsister's Lament, Charlotte has this to say about the Prince and was agreed with enthusiastically by the ladies of the court:
    Yes, he's witty/So disarming
    And I really like the way he holds the room
    Clever, cunning/Ever charming
    How do I make him see I'm special?
    • But from what we see of Topher, he's none of that. He's an awkward Adorkable dork, insecure and controlled by Sebastian re: state matters. He doesn't even feel like he fits in at the ball, much less "holds the room". Ella's the only one who gets that. She doesn't have to "make him see [she's] special", she already is, in his eyes, because she understands and empathises with him - unlike all those well-dressed ladies who know nothing about Topher.