Disney's original film and its sequels include examples of:
- AFI's 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.
- Directed by Cast Member: The original 1950 Mexican Spanish dub was directed by Edmundo Santos, who provided the voice for Gus in that adaptation.
- 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. In Mexico, she became Griselda.
- Dueling Dubs: The film was dubbed in Mexico twice. The first was dubbed at Churubusco Studios and directed by Edmundo Santos in 1950 with Evangelina Elizondo voicing Cinderella. It was redubbed again in 1997 due to Elizondo filing a royalty lawsuit. The 1997 dub was directed by Arturo Mercado and recorded at Prime Dubb México/SDI Media de México with a new cast of voice actors led by Nathalia Sosa as the titular character, but it still retain Santos's translation of the songs from the 1950 version.
- 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.
- Image Source:
- 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.
- Eleanor Audley, well-known for the voices of Lady Tremaine and Maleficent, combines this with Acting for Two, as she also reads the opening narration of the film. It can be quite jarring to hear her reading narration in a gentle, sympathetic fashion.
- Talking to Himself:
- Trope Namer: For The Girl Who Fits This Slipper.
- 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. In a Cut Song, he dreams of Cinderella beckoning him to find her again. In another deleted scene, 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 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:
- Actor Allusion: Famous dancer Ginger Rogers, then in her fifties, plays the Queen. When the King suggests a dance after she remains seated for most of the ball sequence, she all but winks at the viewer while commenting that she thought he'd never ask.
- 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.
- Edited for Syndication: The first DVD was sourced from a tape containing some trims, especially during Cinderella's and Prince Christopher's first meeting. The second DVD, sourced from the master tapes, put all the edited footage back in.
- 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.