The Magic Riddle is an Australian fantasy animated film about Cindy (inspired by Cinderella), and about how she goes through a bunch of parts of different fairy tales, being narrated by a old woman who keeps on mixing up fairy tales. The film was released in Australia in 1991 by Yoram Gross.
The Magic Riddle provides examples of:
- Adaptational Heroism: In the fairytale Cinderella, both stepsisters are mean towards the heroine, but in this adaption, one of them (Ertha) helps Cindy.
- Barefoot Poverty: Cindy, except when Pinocchio gives her his shoes.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The widow sings a Villain Song about how "Mean Mean Mean" she is.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Philipp kisses Cindy while she's unconscious.
- Fan Disservice: The widow flashes her knickers onscreen as well her breasts fly around.
- Fractured Fairytale: It's a mix of different fairytales including Cinderella, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio or The Three Little Pigs. Kinda like an older version of Shrek with less humor.
- Informed Deformity: Cindy describes herself as "ugly duckling", but she's actually beautiful (see "I Want" Song below).
- "I Want" Song: Cindy's song about being an "ugly duckling" and wondering when she'll turn into a swan. All while having a thin curvy body, animesque eyes and long flowing hair in contrast to her old, wrinkly oppressor.
- No Name Given: The widow's name is never revealed.
- Panty Shot: The aforementioned widow.
- Actually, short, white bloomers of Cindy's grandmother. She lifts up her dress from the front as she's chased around by the widow.
- Bertha has several of these too.
- Pinocchio Nose: Obviously on Pinocchio, who appears in the film.
- That Reminds Me of a Song: The Ugly Duckling and The Three Little Pigs serve no purpose to be in this movie. They just make an excuse for Cindy to sing about something.
- The Power of Love: At the movie's end, Pinocchio and the dwarfs are turned into wood, but Pinocchio comes to live again thanks to Erthas kiss.
- Villain Song: The widow's song "Mean Mean Mean".
- Wicked Step Mother: Cindy's stepmother (simply known as the widow) who tries to steal her inheritance. Of course there is an evil stepmother because it's a reference to Cinderella.