Heartwarming / Cinderella

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So this is love...

Disney's Cinderella

  • The main title theme.
  • The king's I Want Grandkids motivation. D'awwwww. The dream he has after the ball of playing with his grandkids, who have Cinderella's hair, really sells it as very cute.
  • The scene with Fairy Godmother.
  • "So This is Love".
  • When Cinderella realizes it's midnight and tries to leave, she tells the Prince she's rushing because she hasn't met the Prince yet. She actually had no idea she was dancing with said prince and fell in love with him, and that's one of the reasons why Prince Charming fell for her. She spent all that time with him because of him, not that he was the prince.
  • In a deleted scene, Prince Charming is seen apparently hunting a deer, but it turns out they were friends and playing a game together.
  • All the animals come to Cinderella's aid by getting the key to unlock her door and get her to the Grand Duke before it's too late.
  • When Cinderella makes it downstairs just in time, it's very sweet to see the Duke kindly greeting her and giving her a chance at the slipper, even though Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters insist she's "just Cinderella" and couldn't possibly be the right girl. He even orders Lady Tremaine to step aside while sternly telling her that he doesn't care who Cinderella is to them, his orders from the king were, "EVERY maiden". After a movie of Cinderella being ignored and treated horribly, it's very nice to see. Not only that, this is the first time that anyone has stood up for Cinderella.
    • Look at his face light up when Cinderella produces the pair of the slipper that was broken. That was his job saved and irrefutable proof and he knows it.
  • In another deleted scene, Prince Charming is reintroduced to Cinderella after she fits the slipper. While surprised that she's a servant girl, he accepts her immediately as his princess.
  • The Triumphant Reprise of "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" after Cinderella marries Prince Charming.

Rodgers' and Hammerstein's Cinderella

1997 Version

  • The "Lovely Night" scene, as it's the only one where Cinderella, The Stepsisters, and even the Stepmother seem to all actually get along. Cinderella regales the sisters with how magical the ball felt (under the pretense that that's how she "imagines" it would feel) and the two don't hesitate to get swept up in the idea, both taking turns dancing with her and then with each other. Then their mother joins in herself and for a moment gives all three of them a genuinely affectionate smile before realizing what Cinderella's actually implying and shutting the whole thing down.. It really makes one wonder if they could've been a decent family together had the Stepmother just gotten over her man-issues.
  • TheOdd Names Out for the king and queen in "The Prince is giving a ball" ( Sidney and Maisie, respectively) are their Affectionate Nickname for each other.

2013 Version

  • The interactions between Ella and Gabrielle in the second act after Gabrielle realizes Ella attended the ball. They even address each other as sisters.

Meta

  • In February 2016, Disney Animation director/screenwriter Jennifer Lee shared an essay citing Cinderella as the first Disney movie she ever saw. Lee credits Cinderella's optimism and will for helping her maintain courage in the face of oppression. When discussing her breakout into directing with Frozen, she expresses pride in helping define heroines who could inspire their viewers as positively as Cinderella did her.
  • Cinderella's voice actress, Ilene Woods, battled Alzheimer's disease in the later years of her life. She reportedly spent that time sitting in a retirement home, unable to understand the events of her surroundings, while listening to "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes", which made her feel happy for reasons she probably couldn't remember. The nurses played it for her as often as possible because it cheered her up.

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