A young girl's happy life changes dramatically after her mother dies. A year after her mother's passing, the girl's father returns home from a business trip with a new wife and her two daughters. When her father has to leave for another trip, the girl's stepmother and stepsisters force her to do all the housework and take her possessions for their own. Made to sleep in front of the kitchen fireplace, the girl's step family mockingly call her "Cinderella" because she's covered and soot and ashes. However, Cinderella gains an unexpected ally in her Fairy Godmother, who promises to watch over her while she endures her stepmother's abuse. Meanwhile, a grand ball is announced where the Prince of the kingdom will choose a bride, and Cinderella eagerly wishes to go and enjoy herself.
Tropes applying to this version of Cinderella are:
- Affectionate Nickname: The Fairy Godmother only refers to Cinderella as "Cindy," most likely because she knows the name is really an insult.
- Ambiguously Brown: Cinderella herself. It's more obvious on the DVD cover than in the film, which is a bit inconsistent with the color of her skin.
- Animated Musical: As typical for Jetlag Productions. There are three songs.
- Ascended Extra: The Fairy Godmother only appeared to help Cinderella attend the ball in the original story. Here, she's always by Cinderella's side and exacts some Laser-Guided Karma on her step family by using her magic to play pranks on and humiliate them.
- Big Eater: The fat stepsister is almost always seen eating something.
- Distant Duet: "When Love Has Gone Away" has the prince and Cinderella sing about how they fell in love with each other, when the prince has Cinderella's shoe.
- Easily Forgiven: Cinderella decides not to hold a grudge against her step family when her father returns, and even sets up her stepsisters with men of their own, if only because she wants to get on with her life and focus on her happiness.
- Fairy Godmother: One with an interest in playing jokes as a form of revenge.
- Fat and Skinny: The stepsisters, one who is short, squat, and dresses in green, and the other tall and slender who dresses in red.
- Karmic Trickster: The Fairy Godmother enjoys using her magic to play pranks on Cinderella's stepmother and stepsister, to make them look foolish and to avenge their abuse of Cinderella. Thankfully, Cinderella never gets blamed for it.
- No Name Given: Practically no one in this film has an actual name, and it's clarified that "Cinderella" is not the girl's given name.
- Obviously Evil: The stepmother looks like the unholy offspring of the Bride of Frankenstein and the Wicked Witch of the West.
- Parental Substitute: The Fairy Godmother acts more like an actual mother to Cinderella in the absence of her mother and father.
- Pet the Dog: Subverted. When Cinderella begs to attend the ball, her stepsisters point out to their mother she did help them get ready. The stepmother then says Cinderella can go if she removes the lentils spread in the fireplace. If this was a true moment, her step family would've just let Cinderella go instead of posing an arbitrary challenge.
- Sore Loser: Subverted and played straight. When the stepmother sees Cinderella (actually the Fairy Godmother) collected all the lentils, the stepmother handles it surprisingly well... but then immediately jumps on the chance to point out one is still in the fireplace. She has a Villainous Breakdown when Cinderella proves beyond a shadow of a doubt she is the very girl the Prince was searching for, screaming about "Those ragged clothes, that dirty face!"
- Spanner in the Works: First, the Fairy Godmother convinces Cinderella to sing to get the Prince's attention from the attic. Later, when the stepmother raises doubt that Cinderella is the one who danced with the Prince, the Fairy Godmother gets angry and uses her magic to reveal the other glass slipper to prove beyond a doubt it was Cinderella.
- Villain Song: "The Chance Of A Lifetime" is basically one for the stepmother and stepsisters, inter cut with their mocking laughter and condescension of Cinderella as they get ready for the ball. If you needed more proof, here's one of the lines:The pretty young ladies are ready to dance, but no one will give Cinderella a chance.