Friday, February 22, 2013

Project Disney-Cinderella

Parajunkee Design

Project Disney: The plan is to tackle all of the Disney films, re-reading the classic stories and tales that inspired many of them and to look at how the changes the filmmakers made, the new elements they introduced and the essential elements they kept. We will, of course, be talking about the films as movies as well, saying why we enjoy them and what some of our favorite moments are, but our focus will be on looking at them as adaptations. For the films that are not drawn from any one work we’ll be looking at some of the possible literary influences that we see in the stories. Inspired by Project Disney at Picture Me Reading.

This week's movie and book is Cinderella. Cinderella is my all time favorite fairy tale character.. EVER!!  I have loved her since I can remember.  The book is Cinderella by Charles Perrault , and also the version by The Grimm Brothers.   So obviously as most people know the Disney versions are never anything like the original story.  And Cinderella is no exception! In the Grimm version entitled Aschenputtel there is no fairy godmother, only doves from a graveyard where her mother is buried.  There is even blood and gore in the Grimm story! After Cinderella loses her slipper the price goes looking for the girl who lost it (just like in Disney's) BUT the stepsister cuts off her toes in order to fit in the slipper.  I love it!!  The other stepsister cuts off part of her heel to fit in it!!  MAYHEM! Then.. when Cinderella gets married at the end of the story those same doves come and pluck out the eyes of the stepsisters as punishment.  It's like a Stephen King novel!

Now the story of Cinderella by the original author Perrault is much more like the Disney version.  There is a fairy godmother, she does change things into objects (pumpkin into a carriage), and she gives Cinderella a beautiful gown. Turns out in both the stories I have mentioned here that there is more then one ball, and both having her return by midnight.  She loses her slipper and the prince finds it and brings it to her house for the stepsisters to try out.  They won't fit in it and Cinderella does.  The Stepsisters ask for forgiveness and Cinderella lets bygones by bygones. Well the second story is almost exactly like the Disney version.. but I can't help but love the Grimm version.

I actually have some fun items in my house from Cinderella! I have several nice Disney items in my bedroom that I have collected.. along with other memorabilia that I will post as we talk about the different books/movies.

And here again for you Disney fans out there... if you have not checked out Annie Leibovitz photos for the Disney campaign you must do!!Here is her vision of Cinderella, I know it's hard to see on my blog because of the way it's formatted.. but that is Scarlett Johanson!   I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to Disney if you want to check it out!

My other Project Disney:
Treasure Planet
Snow White
Peter Pan
 Sleeping Beauty
The Great Mouse Detective
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Princess and the Frog
Lady and the Tramp
Beauty and the Beast
Alice in Wonderland
The Rescuers
The Rescuers Down Under
Oliver and Company
The Little Mermaid
101 Dalmatians
Fantasia 2000
The Jungle Book
The Emperor's New Groove
The Sword in the Stone
The Aristocats
The Lion King
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
Robin Hood
The Black Cauldron 
Mary Poppins
Lilo and Stitch  
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Make Mine Music
Fox and the Hound 
Melody Time


  1. I am such a Disney junkiee. These posts are alot of fun to read! I also prefer the Grimm version. They are sick and twisted, but the shock factor makes them fabulous!

    1. I know... I remember when I found out about Grimm's versions. I was like NO WAY. I did try to read Grimm's fairy tales but there were so many I couldn't read the book in one sitting. Had to go back to it every now and then.

  2. Your figurines are gorgeous!! The original Grimm is really great and dark! I always reminds me of 'into woods' where you actually see that moment with the heel cutting lol I LOVE the Lichenstein style Cinderella!

    1. I know right? I mean who knew these fairy tales were sooo dark! AWESOME!

  3. I like Cinderella, but it is the most "girlcentric" of the earlier Disney movies. A lot of the other princess movies have more action in them.

  4. Cinderella is my all-time favorite princess too! I am so jealous of all of your Cinderella merch! GAHHHH I really love that Grimm Brothers' version- super cool! Now I want to read it! And I absolutely love that creepy pic of Cinderella in the pumpkin. Awesome! <3 =)

    1. Marie @ Marie's Bookworm Blog


    I did a review on Cinderella a couple of months ago. I have to agree with you that I liked the Grimm's version, but I also like Perault's version. Cinderella tops the list as one of my favorite princesses, but I have to say she is beat out by some of the other princess movies. Great review. I hope you can stop by mine. I'm working on catching up on Project Disney at least the ones I want to participate in. I love Disney and I really love this idea just haven't had time to read the novels.

    1. OH I'll swing by and post up your reviews along with mine!!!

  6. I always liked this movie but I was more familiar with The Little Mermaid, will you be doing a post on that one? I'm loving these Disney posts.

    1. I will be doing a post on the Little Mermaid. I am not sure when though.. I think in a few months.