PROJECT FAIRY TALE: Cinderella Movies

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CINDERELLA – MOVIE VERSIONS

If we’re just being honest…. One of the reasons I wanted to pick Cinderella as my fairy tale for PFT was because of all of the great movie versions. I LOVE the Cinderella movies. I’m not even going to go into the original Disney one because we all know it and you don’t need any explanation from me. We’re counting down my favorite Cinderella remakes – movie style!!

1965: ROGER’S & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA
Starring Lesley Ann Warren and Stuart Damon

Yes, I know the original verson of R&H Cinderella was with Julie Andrews, but for whatever reason, the 1965 version is what I grew up with (probably because it was the one my mom grew up with… She would have been about seven years old when this came out, so that’s about right). When I was a kid, I immediately fell in love with the musical version of Cinderella, and although Lesley Ann Warren may not have the best voice in the world, it was the version that I held dear to my heart. (And the prince is a little dreamy. And I hate the Brandy version.)

1985: FAERIE TALE THEATRE PRESENTS: CINDERELLA
Starring Jennifer Beals and Matthew Broderick

Yes, you heard right! This version of Cinderella stars Jennifer Beals as Cinderella and Matthew Broderick as the prince. It’s so incredibly funny watching this version as an adult and seeing so many people I never knew were big stars as a kid. This was a great version of Cinderella to watch as a kid because there were so many silly moments to appreciate. The step-sisters were made to come off incredibly unintelligent so one of our favorites lines in our household was from one of the step-sisters: “Would you like something to drink? Perhaps some ham?” (And the prince is a little dreamy.)

1998: EVER AFTER
Starrting Drew Barrymore

I rarely like Drew Barrymore, but this is one role I feel like she excelled in. I loved the whole feel of the movie and how it was genuine to the original fairy tale, but at the same time, the characters are made to feel so much like they were real people. It really felt like historical fiction so much more than a redone fairy tale. (And the prince is a little dreamy.)

2004: A CINDERELLA STORY
Starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray

Yes, I admit it. I love A Cinderella Story. I was just the right age when Lizzie McGuire came out so I became a bit of a Hilary Duff fan as a young teenager, and then it came to the point where maybe I was a little too old to be liking Lizzie McGuire and Hilary Duff… but I still did. I secretly loved this modern take on Cinderella. It was just so much fun, although thoroughly silly. I really liked the modern take on the classic fairy tale because I hadn’t really seen on before! (And the prince is a little dreamy.)

2004: ELLA ENCHANTED
Starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy

I honestly can’t remember when I saw this version, but I really barely remember it. Definitely faded from my mind enough so that I didn’t even know what was going to happen in the book when I read it this past month. Just thinking about it makes me want to watch the movie again – Plus, from what I’ve heard, the movie version is pretty diffrent from the actual book. Now that I know the book, I want to see the movie. (Plus, the prince is a little dreamy.)

So there you have it! My favorite Cinderella movies!!! I really think the movies helped encourage my love for this fairy tale….. And apparently the selections for the prince. They’re all a bit cute, no?

10 thoughts on “PROJECT FAIRY TALE: Cinderella Movies

  1. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    Brittany – I love the Leslie Ann Warren Cinderella! I grew up with that one too, and it is one of my favorites. I think I heard that there is going to be another R&H Cinderella on Broadway this year. Exciting!

    Ever After is a favorite of mine, too. And the prince – maybe a lot dreamy in my opinion! 🙂

    1. Brittany Post author

      YAY I’m so glad someone else grew up with that version too 🙂 Man I really wish I could go see it on Broadway… That would be so much fun!

  2. estelle @ rather be reading blog

    OMG. It is like fate that I came to your blog today. I just did a Cinderella post on my Disney blog this week! Let me go grab the link: http://thishappyplaceblog.com/2013/02/21/triple-feature-fun-cinderella/

    I love how you are like “I know I know Julie Andrews did this first.” So funny. Not a lot of people know that. Love Ever After, of course LOVE the Hilary version, and Faerie Tale Theater is so much fun too! (I can’t remember if I’ve seen that one or not.) No Disney animated version huh? Very interesting!

    Hope you have a great weekend, B! This just made me smile a ton.

    1. Brittany Post author

      Oh yay!!!! I will definitely check that out now 🙂
      Yeah, I decided not to recap the Disney version because I feel like so many people have seen it and actually know the movie better than the actual book (not like they’re that different, but still). Also, I wanted to spend my time watching different ones than one everyone knew 🙂

      So glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for stopping by!!! Hope you have a great weekend too 🙂

  3. Judith

    Ha, I love these! I think Ever After is such a unique retelling, I’ve seen A Cinderella Story about 100 times and Ella Enchanted is just so cute. My favorite will always be the Disney movie though. I’ve seen it SO MANY TIMES.

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