Cinderella: Diamond Edition
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Experience the magic of Cinderella, Walt Disney'sfairy tale classic.
Cinderella is a Disney Princess, whose brand reaches far and wide. Expect to see Princess branding on consumer merchandise, food products, etc. as well as in books, websites, and other media.
Some good life lessons: Life is often what you make out of it; positivity can be found in even the worst of circumstances.
A kiss is shared between Cinderella and her prince. Plenty of focus on romance, marriage, coupling.
The evil stepsisters tear the beautiful ball gown that the mice have made for Cinderella. The violence is mild, but there are tense moments that may disturb younger viewers.
There are both positive and negative messages in this classic fairy tale. On the positive side: Although it may be difficult to find good in terrible situations, a positive attitude will provide great strength. Happiness is a choice. On the downside: The portrayal of romantic love could mislead young girl's ideas about how real love and relationships work. Also, the movie supports the idea that passive female characteristics and a dependence on men is normal and positive.
Although passive, Cinderella is a kind, generous, and forgiving person. She loves animals and takes care of her undeserving, extended family. She wears a smile and keeps faith that her unfortunate situation will get better. However, her stepmother and sisters are greedy and selfish displaying great hatred due to their uncontrolled jealousy.
Parents need to know that this Disney classic is one that families can enjoy together. Kids will likely already be familiar with Cinderella and her Disney Princess colleagues due to a massive marketing effort behind the ladies; their images appear on everything from backpacks to toothpaste. As for other issues of concern, little ones might be upset by the wicked stepsisters and stepmom, who can be very mean and even destructive. In today's world of blended families, it might also be worth discussing that not all stepparents and siblings are mean. And Cinderella is the quintessential passive heroine rescued by a male character (in this case, the Prince), so discussions about her meekness might be in order.