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American Film Adaptations of Cinderella

Updated on March 5, 2008

The Cinderella story is often interpreted into different movies, books, and even television shows. It remains one of my favorite stories, and I just love a movie that can develop the fairy tale in new ways. There are a lot of different versions out there, from musicals to TV productions, and the story is shared any many cultures and countries around the world.

You can find many Cinderella influences in American films, but there are some that truly capture and follow the essence of the fairy tale.

Cinderella – Disney - 1950
Cinderella – Disney - 1950
Glass Slipper – 1955 - MGM
Glass Slipper – 1955 - MGM
Ever After - A Cinderella Story
Ever After - A Cinderella Story

Cinderella – Disney - 1950

This animated version of Cinderella is timeless, and will always remain a favorite in the hearts of children everywhere. This is a love story with music—and talking mice, dressing birds, and many more fun characters. Not only is the love story of Cinderella and Prince Charming sweet, but the characters like Gus and Jaq are very lovable. When the evil step-mother flashes her evil eyes, you will cower in fear; but, when the fairy godmother appears in a flash of sparkles, you won’t be able to stop from smiling.

Glass Slipper – 1955 - MGM

Starring Leslie Caron as Ella and Michael Wilding as Prince Charming, this 1950s fairy tale film will leave you enchanted. It is the typical story of Cinderella, set in a European village. Ella is unhappy and mistreated by her step-family. She meets a man one day, unaware he is the Prince, and they fall in love. But will they live happily ever after?

Ever After - A Cinderella Story - 1998 - 20th Century Fox

This 1998 film starring Drew Barrymore as Danielle De Barbarac (Cinderella), Anjelica Huston as Danielle De Barbarac (evil step-mother), and Dougray Scott as Prince Henry. This version of the fairy tale is portrayed as the “real story” of Cinderella, and is definitely based more on reality than the magical, fairy tale element. However, it remains a beautiful story. Ever After truly captures the fairy tale idea of Cinderella, showing how a legendary romantic story is born.

Other Movies & Television Productions

If you truly love the animated version, you might be interested in the sequels that follow it. However, I think the original is the best. There are also a lot of television versions of the story. Most notable of these productions are the Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella versions.

The 1957 version stars Julie Andrews as Cinderella, and is considered one of the best adaptations as it was written by Richard Rodgers And Oscar Hammerstein specifically for Andrews. The 1965 version stars Lesley Ann Warden as Cinderella and Ginger Rogers as the Queen. The 1965 production is different from the 1957 one because Rodgers took on the project alone (this was after Hammerstein’s death). Rodgers wanted to make this adaptation follow the traditional story a bit more than the 1957 one did.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein production came back to life in 1997, but this time with a multi-racial cast. This television production starred Brandy Norwood as Cinderella, Bernadette Peters as the step-mother, Whoopi Goldberg as Queen Constantina, and Whitney Houston as the Fairy God Mother. This adaptation won a Primetime Emmy, and was nominated for several other awards.

Do you have a favorite version of Cinderella?

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      5 years ago

      THE SLPPER AND THE ROSE, starring Richard Chamberlain and Gemma Craven and a wonderful British supporting cast. The nusic was by the Sherman brothers, who wrote the scores for Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Aristocats and many others. So romantic and such gorgeous music - and includes a great character development of the Prince.

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    • Fini214 profile image


      10 years ago from Chicago, IL

      What about HDuff's "A Cinderella Story"?

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Patty - no, I don't think that Amy Adams was on American Idol, but someone please correct me if I'm wrong. The movie with Patrick Demsey was so cute last fall, and I wouldn't have seen it if I didn't have kids. Truly, I highly recommend it. But... ahh... Drew Barrymore, she is highly talented!!

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      10 years ago

      Stacie, thank you so very much for your beautiful compilation - please post more! more on fairy tales in film, myths adaptations and stories based on mythhic themse, etc. Great idea! Well done!

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      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      I love all the Disney fairy tales! My granddaughter is a Disney Princess freak! Everything she wants has to do with the Disney Princesses! LOL. Of course, to Grammy, she IS the Princess!

      Another of my favorites was Beauty and the Beast. First, the animated, then the series they had on t.v. I hated to see that one go! :( Great hub!


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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Cinderella's Disney is one of my favorite movies... It is also my daughter's favourite we just love it!

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      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Ever after was good, I liked the Disney version it was more original to the story.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I think this is a lovely Hub. Watching Ever After followed by 50 First Dates would be a good way to spend an evening with Drew Barrymore.

      Enchanted - is that the Amy Adams from American Idol with the quirky pink streak in her hair?

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      Stacie Naczelnik 

      10 years ago from Seattle

      I am excited about seeing Enchanted...but, I have to admit that Ever After will always hold a special place in my heart.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I love the recent movie, Enchanted, starring Amy Adams, Patrick Demsey and Susan Sarandon as the evil stepmother! A wonderfully fun blend of animation and live action scenes. Dancing cockroaches and pigeons. You gotta see this one.

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      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Cute hub, Stacie! I love Ever After, but my daughter likes Ella Enchanted best :)


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