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Disney's Cinderella

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  • 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.
    • That the Fairy Godmother's first act is to stroke Cinderella's hair as she cries.
    • Cinderella being so grateful for the Fairy Godmother's intervention.
    Cinderella: Thank you. Thank you so much...For everything.
  • "So This is Love".
  • It's a subtle, but textually explicit, detail that Bruno is not a family dog; he's Cinderella's personal dog, a gift from her father, visible in the "storybook" at the beginning. Hence, why Lady Tremaine barred him from the house...and part of why Cinderella was willing to risk punishment hiding him in the house at night against explicit orders, solely so that he wouldn't have to sleep in the cold.
    • This comes to a head in the final rescue mission; while it's the mice who are the MVPs with support from the bluebirds, Bruno in his old age finally gets to repay the years of cruelty heaped on his person.
    • It can get lost in the fast-paced desperation of the tower confrontation; but when Cinderella realizes what's happening, her immediate, instinctive reaction is a wild gasp that everything will be okay if only someone tells her dog that she's in danger. She's right.
  • 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.
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    • What makes this especially genuine is, compared to her step family, whose only desire to attend the ball was so Anastasia or Drizella would get to shack up with Prince Charming because of his status, Cinderella wanted to go because she wanted to have fun. She was never interested in trying to make a total stranger attracted to her.
  • 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. His kindness is even more noticeable as, given the fact that he's the king's Number Two and Cinderella is a servant, she's way below him when it comes to social status, yet he still treats her with kindness and politeness.
    Tremaine: Yes, just an imaginative child!
    Grand Duke: (sternly) Madam, my orders were every maiden. (to Cinderella, kindly) Come, my child.
    • The fact that he recognizes her. The Duke uses his monocle to examine her feet and realizes it's the same girl from the night before.
    • Look at his face light up when Cinderella produces the pair of the slipper that was broken. That was his job probably his life as well, is saved, and irrefutable proof of the maiden's identity is found and he knows it.
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    • He also closed the curtain on Lady Tremaine at the ball when she tries to see who the mysterious girl dancing with the prince is. Consider the fact that up until now, the Grand Duke has been the Butt-Monkey of everyone he has a scene with. The two times he gets to be a badass are scenes where he stands up to Lady Tremaine.
  • Cinderella's confidence remains unbroken when Lady Tremaine shatters her first slipper, as she confidently unveils the second one.
    Cinderella: But perhaps, if it would help...
    Grand Duke: No, nothing can help now. Nothing.
    Cinderella: But you see, I have the other slipper.
    • And her animal friends rejoice at this, knowing their combined friendship and solidarity with Cinderella has saved all of them.
  • 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.
  • Gus wants to protect Cinderella from the stepsisters when he realizes what Lady Tremaine is insinuating about the pink dress. Jacques holds him back while looking like he wants to join in and help.
  • There is a slight one from the animals during Cinderella's crisis of faith after her stepsisters tear up her dress. They all go to her side, looking sympathetic. Even though their hard work was ruined and thus they have plenty of reason to be upset about that, they were still more worried about Cinderella than anything else.
    • Their decision to make her a dress for the ball when they realized that Lady Tremaine wasn't going to give Cinderella the time to make one of her own.
      • Jacques despondently mentions that this is exactly the sort of thing Lady Tremaine would do. He says "they fix her" so she won't have a dress. The lady mouse then pipes up and says that if they make the dress, then Cinderella can go to the ball and at least try to have fun.
      • During the said scene, it's shown that they are too small to sew via ordinary means and have to use Cinderella's spare shoes and aprons, with the birds assisting. They all think the task is Worth It, especially with the neat rows they create, all the while singing a reprise of "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes".
    • After the work is done, they surprise her with the dress, though Gus mistakenly wishes her happy birthday. The scene when Cinderella discovers the completed dress makes it evident how much such an act of kindness means to her.
    Cinderella: How can I ever... Oh, thank you so much.
  • Cinderella's entire character counts. The abuse she's suffered would've turned most people bitter and angry, and it would've been hard to blame her if she'd become just as hateful as her stepfamily. But she doesn't. She manages to remain kind, optimistic, and friendly, despite all her hardships. Cinderella isn't the weak, useless damsel she gets made out to be; Cinderella is an emotionally intelligent, resilient, loving person who refuses to let the people around her twist her into something she's not.

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  • In February 2016, Disney Animation director/screenwriter Jennifer Lee (who became Chief Creative Officer of the studio a few years later) 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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