Underneath it all, Cinderella is the story of perseverance over the various obstacles in life that keep us from achieving our goals. Which would explain why the story has lasted for as long as it has.
In 1976, The Slipper And The Rose took the audience the kingdom of Euphrania. Prince Edward (Richard Chamberalin) wants to marry for love. Cinderella (Gemma Craven) has just lost her father and is forced to become a servant in her own home. Her fairy godmother (Annette Crosbie) completes Cinderella’s chores and helps her get to the ball. But will Cinderella and her prince have a happy ending once the magic has wore off and the threat of war is on the horizon?
What I like about this movie is that it expands upon what could have been a very basic story. I also liked the ending because Cinderella, instead of waiting to be rescued, is brave enough to face her fears and her reality.
In If The Shoe Fits, Kelly Carter (Jennifer Grey) is working for Francesco Salvitore (Rob Lowe) one of the hottest designers in Paris. He doesn’t know that she exists, until she puts on the heels given to her by a good fairy. Francesco finds Prudence, Kelly’s alter ego, very attractive, but what happens when Kelly cannot be herself and Prudence at the same time?
It’s a TV movie. The production quality is not great. But overall, it’s not that bad.
Finally, in 1997, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was brought back to the small screen with a new cast. Follows in the very long shadows of Julie Andrews and Lesley Ann Warren, pop star Brandy led all star, multi racial cast that included the late Whitney Houston as the fairy godmother.
I remember the hoopla over this production. What I admire about this particular adaptation is that the producers made sure that the cast represented the audience that was tuning to watch.
Do I recommend them? Why not.