Throwback Thursday-The Slipper And The Rose (1976), If The Shoe Fits (1990) & Cinderella (1997)

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.


Flashback Friday- Enchanted (2007)

Disney is known for a certain type of fairy tale.

A young woman, usually a princess, has met her prince or is on her way to her prince. But there is usually a witch or another barrier to their happily ever after.  They usually take themselves very seriously.

In 2007, Enchanted, the good people of Disney satirized themselves.

Animated Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) is on her way to her happily ever after with Prince Edward (James Marsden). But Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) will do anything to prevent Giselle’s and Edward’s union. Giselle is banished from the magical, musical world that she knows and find herself in gritty, complicated New York City where true love does not always win out in the end.

Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey) is a divorce lawyer raising his young daughter by himself. He is practical, realistic man who takes Giselle home. He also has a girlfriend, Nancy Tremaine (Idina Menzel), whom he is trying to propose to. Giselle begins to have feelings for Robert and understand that love is not as simple as she thought. But with her fairy tale prince searching for her, she has to decide what she wants: the simple, predictable happily ever after or the ever questioning, complicated real world?

I’m not a huge Disney fan. But the fact that this movie satirizes and respects Disney earns my respect. I liked the character’s journey, especially the ones that come from the animated world and have to learn that life is not so simple.

I recommend this movie.

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