A ডিজনি Tale: A young girl is forced into drudgery দ্বারা her step-family, only to win the হৃদয় of the kingdom's Prince and live happily ever after.

ডিজনি Hero: Ostensibly, the 'hero' of সিন্ড্রেলা is the Prince (never actually referred to as Prince Charming, despite that being what he is generally known as today. Some sources have him named as Henry.). It is he who romances সিন্ড্রেলা and desires her as his wife after the ball. But, actually, the real নায়ক of সিন্ড্রেলা - for me - are Jaq and Gus, Cinderella's mice friends. They are the one's who rescue সিন্ড্রেলা from her attic room. Jaq is also responsible for battling Lucifer and saving many of his মাউস friends. I প্রণয় Jaq and Gus!

ডিজনি Heroine: সিন্ড্রেলা is the first heroine of a ডিজনি movie since Snow White to have a life outside the movie. As a character, she is iconic and forms an integral part of the 'Disney Princess' branding. Now, I had a lot of issues with Snow White as a character and, fortunately, the script and story for সিন্ড্রেলা get a lot আরো right, although Cinderella's character is tied to the tropes required of her due to being a 'fairy tale princess'. I think a clear difference between সিন্ড্রেলা and Snow White is that সিন্ড্রেলা feels like a grown-up. Despite being forced into a life of drudgery দ্বারা her horrendous step-family, she continues each দিন to meet their demands whilst still believing in her dreams. She's a hard worker too and, although she probably should be kicking up আরো of a stink considering how unfairly she is treated, she performs her tasks diligently and competently. I like সিন্ড্রেলা in a way I definitely did not like Snow White.

ডিজনি Villain: সিন্ড্রেলা presents us with a triumvirate of villains in the shape of Lady Tremaine, Cinderella's stepmother, and Drizella and Anastasia, her vile stepsisters. Lady Tremaine is the focus of the villainy and has a truly malicious attitude towards her stepdaughter. Tremaine isn't a villain who seems to have entered into the শীর্ষ tier that's occupied দ্বারা the likes of Ursula, Cruella de Ville and the Evil Queen. She tends to get forgotten and I think that's a huge shame. She is a great villain - she's manipulative, scheming and downright nasty throughout the film. Maybe it's the fact that her villainy is on such a small scale, অথবা that she has no extremes to her character, অথবা even that she isn't a magical character. But whatever it is, Lady Tremaine, for me, deserves আরো recognition.

Alongside Lady Tremaine are আনাস্তেসিয়াa and Drizella. In a way, they are Tremaine's bumbling, comic sidekicks is a similar vein to Iago, Le Fou অথবা Pain and Panic. They are spoilt brats who like to bully Cinderella. What's interesting is I know that আনাস্তেসিয়াa becomes slightly আরো sympathetic as a character দ্বারা the time সিন্ড্রেলা III: A Twist in Time comes around. But for now, they exist only to be horrid to Cinderella, especially in the scene where they rip her dress apart to prevent her from going to the ball. They also have the classic scene where they try on the glass slipper only to find their feet are far too big and clumsy. The original version of সিন্ড্রেলা has the stepsisters cutting off their toes and heels to make the slipper but ডিজনি hasn't pursued this element (although it does finally appear in Into the Woods along with other less savoury aspects of various fairy tales).

There is, of course, one আরো villain in সিন্ড্রেলা - Lucifer, the cat. He is the nemesis of Jaq, Gus and the other mice. There is a very long sequence involving Lucifer and the mice which is hugely entertaining. সিন্ড্রেলা wasn't a film I'd ever paid much attention to before this marathon and one of the delights has been discovering Lucifer. He is a great character and a brilliant foil for the mice. The cat and মাউস chase scenes, particularly with him and Gus, are some of my favourite parts of the film. Lucifer is an amalgam of his mistresses, in a way - he has the scheming, sinister nature of Lady Tremaine accompanied দ্বারা the clumsiness of her daughters.

ডিজনি Sidekicks: সিন্ড্রেলা is also gifted with some classic ডিজনি sidekicks in the form of Jaq and Gus. With their 'not quite English' style of speech and high-pitched voices, they are a great addition to the film. Their battles with Lucifer and their friendship with সিন্ড্রেলা are, for me, at the core of the film - probably moreso than the romance between সিন্ড্রেলা and the Prince. Jaq's bravery and Gus's naivety give us likeable characters.

ডিজনি Creatures: Accompanying Jaq and Gus are a plethora of other mice, including the girls, Perla and Mary and Suzy, Bert and Luke who accompany Jaq and Gus on their খাবার raid and various others who aid in the making of Cinderella's dress. সিন্ড্রেলা also features a template for ডিজনি creatures which reoccurs in quite a few other films. At the house there is Bruno the dog, a horse and various birds. A group of জন্তু জানোয়ার residing in a barn, including ঘোড়া বিষয়ক and সারমেয় reappear in The Aristocats and 101 Dalmatians with variations on this theme popping up in Lady and the Tramp and The শিয়াল and the Hound.

ডিজনি Magic: সিন্ড্রেলা includes one of Disney's most famous magical characters - the Fairy Godmother. She is iconic in her hooded, blue ছদ্মবেশ and large purple bow and thanks, in no small part, to her catchy song. What tends to be forgotten is that she doesn't actually appear in the film for very long and is really just a plot device to get সিন্ড্রেলা to the ball. The magic she casts is primarily of the transformative kind, although like all magic, it comes at a price. The transformations only stay until midnight. It suggests that, ultimately, she isn't the most powerful of magic wielders. Unlike a character like the Genie, she can't create something out of nothing and with all the items needs something ordinary to transform into something special. She is fun, though.

ডিজনি Land: It isn't clear exactly where সিন্ড্রেলা is set. The original fairy tale of সিন্ড্রেলা is actually common in many countries in various forms, but the ডিজনি version is most closely based on the French version. Certainly the presence of a মাউস called Jaq would suggest a French setting, but that is about the only clue. The clothes worn দ্বারা the characters are at the very least European in style probably from around the 18th অথবা 19th Century.

ডিজনি Songs: Cinderella, as a film, is not actually packed with songs although it does feature some which are recognised as classics. Principal among these is the Fairy Godmother's song, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. This is a fun song accompanying the transformation scenes. It has been rerecorded numerous times over the years দ্বারা various artists and my favourite is probably Louis Armstrong's rendition. The film version actually has quite a long instrumental section which I often forget is there having listened to the song countless times on 'Best of Disney'-style soundtracks.

সিন্ড্রেলা has her own song, A Dream is a Wish your হৃদয় Makes, which opens the film after the prologue and serves to introduce Cinderella's situation and worldview. It has clear echoes of Snow White (and Sleeping Beauty to come) with the জন্তু জানোয়ার sitting around listening to her sing. Later in the film, she joins in with আনাস্তেসিয়াa and Drusilla's সঙ্গীত lesson, গান গাওয়া Sing, Sweet Nightingale whilst washing the floor. Needless to say, her rendition is a lot better than Drizella's singing. So This is প্রণয় is another song revolving around সিন্ড্রেলা which is sung দ্বারা সিন্ড্রেলা and the Prince whilst they dance at the ball. It's not a song I particularly like, although there have been a couple of covers which have been, in my opinion, better arrangements of the song.

The other principal song is The Work Song, sung দ্বারা the mice as they make Cinderella's dress. It's cute, catchy and contains the classic word 'Cinderelly'! It definitely ranks in সেকেন্ড place, behind Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo as one of my favourite songs from this film.

As with Snow White, the traditional 'villain song' still isn't a definite presence in ডিজনি films (and it will be sometime before it is) although, technically the villains do get a song as Lady Tremaine also joins in a little of Sing, Sweet Nightingale along with Drizella.

ডিজনি Finale: সিন্ড্রেলা is a film which, up until this marathon - and also rewatching it with my children - had been one I'd dismissed from an age of ডিজনি which never appealed to me as much as others. I think, mentally, I had it lumped in with Snow White and Sleeping Beauty as twee princess films with not particularly good songs. Having rewatched it, I found much to enjoy and, as I say, find সিন্ড্রেলা a much stronger character than Snow White ever was. I was surprised দ্বারা how much the mice and Lucifer feature and how entertaining their segments are.

I also rather like the King and Grand Duke, desperate to see the Prince married. The King's প্রণয় for his departed wife is actually rather sweet and the Grand Duke's bumbling is fun.

সিন্ড্রেলা has definitely gone up in my estimation and is a true ডিজনি classic.