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Western Animation / Erase una vez...

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Released in 1950, Erase una vez... was a Spanish animated movie based of the fairy tale Cinderella...which unfortunately, was around the same time Disney released their version of the story.

When first released, the film was deemed worthy of national interest and won a Venetian film festival, but due to the legal complications with Disney, was never commercially released and appears to be a lost film, though a black and white copy can be seen at the Spanish Cinema Museum.

Clips from the movie have finally surfaced on YouTube!


This film includes examples of:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Cinderella's hair is blonde in the actual film (but interestingly becomes red and curly in the ball costume) but was colored brunette in promotional material.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Dona Facunda and her daughters play this straight. Cinderella herself subverts this, as she is clearly referred to as a Countess early in the film.
  • Cats Are Mean: Averted. Unlike the Disney counterpart, one of Cinderella's only friends is her pet cat, Ulysses, though she does have a dog, named Chao, too.
  • Cinderella Circumstances
  • Gorgeous Period Dress
  • Expy: Given the influence of Rossini's La Cenerentola, Scariot could be one to Don Magnifico, symbolically giving Cinderella a wicked stepmother and a stepfather.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Both Cinderella (whose kindness is reflected in that even her pet cat and dog are friends) and the Fairy Godmother (who summons birds to helps Cinderella)
  • Kick the Dog: Dona Facunda and her daughters each throw things at Ulysses when he tries to play with them.
    • Dona Facunda having the portrait of Cinderella's mother removed.
  • Lean and Mean: The stepsisters, Clorinda and Rebecca, are this.
  • Nice Hat: As seen in the poster above, Cinderella's head-dress, called a hennin or escoffon, takes the cake. Most of the characters wear lavish hats, though.
  • Public Domain Animation: Surviving clips from the movie are widely available online because of this.
  • Swan Boats: The final scene is of Cinderella and her prince in a boat being pulled by swans.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Dona Facunda.


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