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Cinderella Meets Fella is a 1938 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Tex Avery.

Plot wise, the cartoon is a satire of the classic fairy tale of Cinderella, but with Tex Avery's brand of gags sandwiched in. His recurring bit player Egghead stands in as Cinderella's love interest.

The cartoon is notable for being one of The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes. Surprisingly, it has never been re-issued on a Looney Tunes DVD compilation (the only non-Censored Eleven short from the 100 Greatest to be snubbed in this way), but it can be found as a bonus with some Warner Bros. movie releases.

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  • Born In The Theater: The ending gag where Cinderella is watching the cartoon with the audience.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: It's a parody of the classic story of Cinderella.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Fairy Godmother accidentally turns her bag into a bottle of vodka as a gag, and acts embarrassed as she changes it back to normal.
  • Larynx Dissonance: When Cinderella is calling the police, she talks to them normally at first, but before she hangs up, she yells "GO GET HER, BOYS!" in a man's voice.
  • Purely Aesthetic Era: Fast food restaurants and ads for them, telephones, and movie theaters are present in the fairy tale setting.
  • Rotoscoping: Used to animate Cinderella when she's outside of the cartoon in the end.
  • Shout-Out:
    • At one point, the Stepsisters quote Jimmy Fiedlier's 'And I do mean YOU!' catchphrase.
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    • The “no squat, no squint, no stoop” line is a reference to an old Philco radio advertisement slogan.
    • "Look, fellas, I'm dancin'!" is the first of the Dead End kids films, Dead End (1937).
  • Show Within a Show: For the cartoons ending gag, Cinderella runs off from Egghead, but he finds a note saying that she went to watch a Warner Bros. picture. Said picture turns out to be the cartoon itself'', and she quickly runs back into the cartoon and elopes with Egghead.
  • Standard Snippet: The William Tell Overture is used early in the cartoon.
  • Stock Footage: The brief scene of the police signal department is reused from one of Tex's earlier Porky Pig cartoons, The Blow Out (1936).
  • The Television Talks Back: Done with a radio (as the cartoon predates Television).
    Cinderella: Gee, I hope they find her."
    Radio: "Don't worry, lady. We'll search every joint till we do."
  • Whole Plot Reference: Since its a satire of Cinderella, it pretty much uses the same plot, but with gags sandwiched in to undermine the fairy tale atmosphere.
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