Disney's original film and its sequels include examples of:
- AFIS 10 Top 10:
- #9, Animation
- Common Knowledge: Some people claim Perrault's slippers were fur (vair), not glass (verre) and/or offer the "fur slipper" as a restoration of the "real" Cinderella (Mercedes Lackey's Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms makes a nod to this). This is false — "vair" was an archaic word in Perrault's time.
- Dub Name Change: Drizella (whose name is a pun on Caligula's sister, Drusilla) often received this in translations. In France, she became Javotte (which is one of the stepsister's names in the original Perrault text). In Italy, she became Genoveffa.
- Dueling Movies: In 1950, a Spanish animation company called Estela Films also released an animated version of the Cinderella story, called Erase una vez.... Disney obviously won, with the former being a lost film.
- Supposedly, Disney was aware of the Spanish film and copyrighted the name Cinderella/Cenicienta in Spain, so they could not use it for their film's name.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Rhoda Williams seems to have had a more pleasant singing voice than that she used for Drizella, if her rendition of "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" (heard in the Carousel of Progress prior to its relocation from Disneyland to Walt Disney World) provides indication.
- Playing Against Type:
- Verna Felton, known for voicing grumpy and nagging characters (like Matriarch, the Queen of Hearts, Winifred, and Pearl Slaghoople) provides the voice of the kindly and helpful Fairy Godmother.
- Jennifer Hale, the current voice of Cinderella, is best known for voicing Commander Shepard and other Action Girl roles such as Bastila Shan, Samus Aran and Avatar Kyoshi.
- Talking to Himself: The King and the Grand Duke have the same voice actor.
- What Could Have Been:
- Prince Charming originally had more screentime. In a deleted scene, he was seen apparently hunting a deer, but it turned out they were friends and playing a game together, and in another, he's reintroduced to Cinderella after she fits the slipper. While surprised that she was a servant, he accepted her immediately.
- At one point Cinderella and her Prince were going to be shown having a dance among the clouds, based on an abandoned concept from Snow White, but it didn't make the final cut. This twice abandoned concept was later used at the end of 1959's Sleeping Beauty.
- Originally Cinderella had a song where she lamented her situation called "The Cinderella Work Song", which came complete with Cinderella fantasizing about multiplying herself into an army of maids to take on her ever growing work load. Parts of this were clearly adapted into the "Sing Sweet Nightingale" segment with a dozen singing Cinderellas reflected in the soap bubbles.
- A scrapped scene had Cinderella returning home from the Ball and overhearing her evil stepmother and stepsisters talk about the mystery girl from the Ball who had charmed the Prince - and Cinderella is shown to be deeply amused by this since she knows they're talking about her. Apparently old Walt Disney himself had the scene cut since he thought it made Cinderella look vindictive and thus unsympathetic. Ironically, this cut scene would be spoofed in the Magic Adventures of Mumfie episode "Scarecrowella", where Mumfie tells Scarecrow about the mysterious stranger at the ball, who danced with the Queen of Night the whole night.
- The 1988 Walt Disney Classics VHS/Betamax tape starts with the 1984 white-and-red F.B.I. warning screens, then is the first tape in a while to have a trailer, specifically, the theatrical trailer for Oliver & Company. It then becomes the first tape to play the Sorcerer Mickey Walt Disney Classics logo (which was a remake of the 1986 Walt Disney Home Video logo; this version had a sheen on the logo's diamond and letters and a gradient blue background; the next tape would make the diamond black on the inside and the background blue) as well as one of the first tapes to carry the Walt Disney Pictures logo (the 1985 version with a blue tint). The film's opening credits and then the film itself then play. The rare demo tape contains the 1984 warnings, but has no trailer and plays the 1984 "Cheesy Diamond" The Classics: Walt Disney Home Video logo instead; it's still followed by the 1985 Walt Disney Pictures logo before the movie starts (this was the last appearance of the "Cheesy Diamond" logo on a new tape).
- A handful of the 1995 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection clamshells may accidentally contain the original 1988 Classics tape, which retained everything including the Oliver & Company trailer (that movie was reissued in theaters that November.) The Masterpiece version has the 1991 green' F.B.I. warnings inside a white outline, a series of ads and trailers, the lilac-blue cursive handwriting Feature Presentation logo, the main Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection logo with Peter Pan's Tinker Bell, the 1990 version of the Walt Disney Pictures logo, the Buena Vista logo (which was in place of the RKO Radio Pictures logo, though the music over that was restored), then the opening credits, then the film.
- Cinderella was the very last of the "Untouchables" to get a release on DVD, in the middle of the Walt Disney Platinum Editions series in 2005. The VHS copy in this series was one of the last VHS tapes Disney created.
The 1957 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's version contains examples of:
- Blooper: During a reprise of "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?", the camera closes up on Queen Constantina preparing to sing a line, but Prince Christopher interrupts. Jon Cypher apologized to Dorothy Stickney later that night.
- Follow the Leader: CBS hired Rodgers and Hammerstein to help them compete against NBC's televised presentations of Peter Pan by writing a work in which Julie Andrews would go from Rags to Riches in a manner similar to her most popular role at the time.
- Missing Episode: People living on the East Coast saw the musical live in color, while those in the west saw a black-and-white kinescope. The DVD only contains the latter version.
The 1965 remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein's version contains examples of:
- The Cast Showoff: The melancholy portion of "A Lovely Night" got replaced with an upbeat instrumental, allowing Lesley Ann Warren to demonstrate her ballet talents.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Columbia Pictures released a DVD in 2002, but pulled it out of print after a few years. Shout! Factory caused this to become subverted in 2014, by announcing that they would re-release the special on DVD.
The 1997 remake of the Rodgers and Hammerstein version contains examples of:
- All-Star Cast: This version stars Brandy, Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg, Bernadette Peters, Victor Garber, and Whitney Houston.
- Billing Displacement:
- Brandy's name is last in the credits (among the leads). Whitney Houston, Jason Alexander, and Bernadette Peters come first.
- Although the opening credits start with Brandy's name and go through the rest in alphabetical order.
- The Cast Showoff:
- The fairy godmother usually only sings "Impossible/It's Possible" and one line at Cinderella's wedding (the same line used for this page's quote), but Whitney Houston closes this remake with another song, "There's Music in You." It originally came from an obscure MGM musical titled, Main Street to Broadway. Also, most versions don't have the fairy godmother show up until the night of the ball, but this one has Houston appear at the beginning, and sing a rendition of "Impossible."
- Whoopi Goldberg also gets to do more singing than either of the queens before her. She starts off "The Prince is Giving a Ball", and replaces Prince Christopher as the performer of the reprise of "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" (presumably renamed, "Do You Love Her Because She's Beautiful?").
- Dawson Casting: Averted when producers asked Whitney Houston if she wanted to play Cinderella, but she deemed herself too old for the part.