[2015] Kailea Tilden: History of Cinderella

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[2015] Kailea Tilden: History of Cinderella

In 1697, frenchman Charles Perrault's version of Cinderella became one of the most popular. He introduces famous elements like the fairy godmother who grants Cinderella's wish to go to the ball, the pumpkin carriage, and the infamous glass slipper.

The earliest Cinderella story was published in 1634 in a set of Italian folk tales. Notable plot points include an evil stepmother and stepsisters who force Cinderella into slavery, an enchanted date tree, a fairy who gives Cinderella beautiful clothes, a smitten prince, a lost slipper and a kingdom-wide search for its owner.



"Cendrillon" by Perrault

"Cenerentola" by Basile

It wasn't until 1812 that another Cinderella tale was published-this time by the German Grimm Brothers in "Grimm's Fairy Tales." In their version, Cinderella is helped by doves instead of a fairy, wears golden slippers instead of glass, and her stepsisters cut their feet to fit in Cinderella's slipper during the prince's search.

Grimms' "Aschenputtel"

-Cinderella (1950)

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Poor Cinderella(1934)

Cinderella (1899)

In this 1934 Fleischer Studio's animated short film, Betty Boop plays Cinderella. She is forced to be a servant to her evil stepsisters. Her fairy godmother comes and grants her wish to attend the prince's ball, and gives her beautiful clothes, a carriage, and glass slippers. At the ball, the prince sees Betty, and Cupid pushes him down the stairs to her. The two dance together until midnight. Then Betty runs out of the ball, leaving behind her shoe. The prince searches the kingdom for the woman who fits the slipper, and finds "poor Cinderella," and they live happily ever after.

The first film adaptation of Cinderella debuted in 1899. The silent movie was directed by George Meilies and was based on Charles Perrault's story. The film's 20 "tableux," or scenes, were inspired by simplified versions of the Cinderella story seen in theatre adaptations in the late 19th century. The film was popular in Europe and America,and served as inspiration to the numerous other Cinderella films that would follow.

-Ever After (1998)

-Cinderella (2015)


"Cinderella" is the classic tale of a kind, mistreated girl who is magically transformed into a royal beauty.

Explore the story's origins in literature and move through its journey to the modern big screen.

Cinderella (1914)

In James Kirkwood's 1914 silent film Cinderella, the main character is played by famous screen actress Mary Pickford. The story is almost identical to Walt Disney's later film version, except that in Kirkwood's film, Cinderella first meets and falls in love with Prince Charming in the forest.



Walt Disney's feature length film, Cinderella, hit American theatres in February of 1950. The movie included several musical numbers, comical animal characters, and Disney's signature charm. It is still one of the most popular animated fairytales worldwide.

Although not the first live-action feature length film version of the Cinderella story, Ever After gained wide publicity after its release in 1998. The film is directed by Andy Tennant and stars famous actress Drew Barymore as Cinderella. This modern version is set in Renaissance France and is considered a post-feminism interpretation.

In 2014, Disney announced it would be creating a live-action version of its original animated film, Cinderella. The film is set to premeire in March 2015. The movie will retain elements from Disney's animated picture and will also incorporate aspects of Charles Perrault's orignal fairytale. The film is directed by Kenneth Branaugh and stars Lily James as the main character.

The History of CinderellaFrom Storybook to Big Screen


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