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Disney's Cinderella
Salagadoola mechicka boola, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. Put 'em together and what have you got? Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!

  • Cinderella managed to keep Bruno in the house despite her stepfamily having a cat and hating her.
  • Jaq coming up with a plan to distract Lucifer so the other mice can get some extra food. The plan calls for a mouse to be a distraction, and he winds up choosing himself. Despite being visibly terrified, he follows through with his plan and kicks Lucifer's face into the saucer of milk.
    • When Gus accidentally gets Lucifer's attention, Jaq does everything up to pulling Lucifer's whiskers out to try and put Lucifer's focus back on him.
    • When the pair of them need to steal beads for Cinderella, Lucifer catches on and sits on the beads. Jaq comes up with a plan again. And despite being, again, visibly terrified, he puts on a mask of nonchalance and walks past Lucifer and begins to casually ruin the stepsisters' laundry.
    • Then the plan goes south, again, and Jaq still carries on what he was doing, up until he hits Lucifer in the face with a button. The pair of them proceed to fight in the laundry, the fight ending with a terrified Jaq on Lucifer's head. When Lucifer spots Gus again, Jaq closes Lucifer's eyes, and then leads him down a sleeve to trap him!
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  • Cinderella starts to go after Lucifer with her broom before the footman interrupts her.
  • The mice and the birds banding together to make Cinderella's dress. Over the course of the day while Cinderella is working, they manage to sew together and trim a dress several times their size. Not only that, they manage to make a beautiful dress that makes Lady Tremaine and her daughters jealous.
  • The smug grin on Cinderella's face when she comes down the stairs in her pink dress, astonishing her stepfamily.
  • The scene where Cinderella gains her iconic ballroom gown. In fact, Walt Disney called it his favorite piece of animation.
  • Cinderella making a second attempt at going to the ball. She's been treated like crap for most of her life, she knows from experience that her "family" will punish her brutally if they find out, and she has no reason to think that the ball will bring her anything other than temporary happiness. But she goes anyway. Why? Because through all the bullying and degradation, she still believes that her abusers were wrong and she deserves to be happy. That she wasn't broken completely by the dress scene is in itself a psychological moment of awesome: after a brief cry, she remains brave and optimistic enough to go out and make that night the best of her life.
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  • Jaq and Gus stealing the key and making it to Cinderella's room. When Lucifer stops them, the other mice fight back with forks and a lit candle. When that doesn't work, the birds drop pots, dishes, and pans on his head. When that fails, Cinderella tells the birds to fetch Bruno the dog, who scares the cat away and chases him off the tower.
  • After being harassed by Lucifer for most of the film, after the mice are turned into horses, Gus takes an opportunity to get back at Lucifer. As a horse, Gus gets to be larger in size than Lucifer and gets to scare him off.
  • After being chided by Cinderella about turning the other cheek with Lucifer, Bruno gets his moment when Lucifer finally crosses a Moral Event Horizon and moves from harassing mice (which is, after all, just kind of what cats do) to actively trying to destroy Cinderella's life. Once he knows something is wrong, Bruno takes about half a second upon arriving on the scene to visibly remind Lucifer of exactly the relationship between a hound and an obese housecat.
    • Bruno's been dreaming of this moment for years. And when he got his chance, he didn't disappoint.
    • Bruno becomes The Determinator thanks to Major, Cinderella's horse. Her birds are initially unable to wake up a sleeping Bruno. Major senses that something's amiss, so he helps them out by whinnying loud enough for Bruno to hear.
  • The Grand Duke, who has to spend most of the movie being The Chew Toy, gets a small one at the movie's end—and inadvertently ends up saving the day with it. When Cinderella finally frees herself from her room and rushes down the stairs before he and the retinue can leave, Lady Tremaine tries to dismiss her as nothing but an "imaginative child." But the Grand Duke—perhaps tired of his lousy treatment by Tremaine, or perhaps sensing her true character—fires back that the King's decree states that all eligible women must try on the slipper. He finally gets to show some backbone, and it ends up bringing the Prince and Cinderella together. Score one for the little guy.
  • The glass slipper is smashed, all hope is lost, the Grand Duke is stammering in mortal terror, until... "You see, I have the other slipper." What really sells it is Lady Tremaine's stunned Oh, Crap! face when Cinderella says it.
    • Words alone don't do it justice.
    • Think about it: You had known all the plot beats years before you saw this movie. And at the story's very well-known climax, not only does Disney change the events of that moment — they save it with the Fridge Brilliance of bringing out the other slipper!

  • Allegedly, a deleted scene from the movie had Cinderella telling off her stepfamily for their horrible treatment of her.
  • 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. This scene eventually made it into Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep's retelling of the story, and it's just as sweet as you'd imagine.

  • An eviler (but not less awesome) example—Lady Tremaine. Other Disney villains possess supernatural powers, lead entire armies, have charmed towns/kingdoms into liking them, require henchmen to get the job done, and generally have more resources. Lady Tremaine, by contrast, is "only" an elderly rich woman who lives in a villa—no special abilities, no minions to carry out her orders (excluding her cat, and even he isn't exactly obedient), and no elaborate lair. She's the kind of woman who might exist anywhere in the world. And that's what makes her so terrifying. Using nothing but words, she makes every day of her stepdaughter's life a living hell, and goes to insane—but again, completely human—limits to better her blood daughters' position. Lady Tremaine has even devised a way to keep her promises by following them to the exact letter, then completely undoing anything Cinderella might try with a single sentence (the movie implies that this is a regular occurrence in the household). She's cold, cruel, calculating, seems to know it, and doesn't care. And until the sequels, she got away with all of it. Even the Disney fandom, famed for developing Alternative Character Interpretation for many villains, universally reviles her. In summary: one of the greatest Disney villains in the entire canon is an old woman with a cane and a sharp mind. Let that sink in, and decide for yourself whether or not that's an awesome achievement on Disney's and Eleanor Audley's part.