Tuesday, January 5, 2016

~It's Cinderella Week~


I have discovered thee Cinderella tag from Along the Brandywine. and have decided to participate! It's quite funny, really, because I just watched Ever After and the new Disney's Cinderella last week!

1. In the vast array of fairytale heroines, what particular character qualities most define Cinderella? 

Kind, courageous, caring, and patient. She is extremely patient with her sinister Step-Mother and sisters, though they care not for her at all. She has courage to walk into a ball, when she has not lived the life of a princess, and love the Prince even when he is not royalty. She is caring for her Step-mother and sisters, and the animals she meets. She is kind, above all, to put others needs before her own.

2. What are some of the deeper, big picture differences you see between retellings where both stepsisters are nasty and others where one is nasty and one is kind? How do you think the two takes differently develop/illuminate/affect Cinderella’s character and also the overarching story itself?

In the Disney's 1950 Cinderella, both the stepsisters are just as nasty as one another. In Ever After, how ever, Marguerite is really the only evil one. Jacqueline corrects her Mother several times when she's hurting Danielle, and evens cleans Danielle's cuts when she gets whipped. I think in the 1950's Cinderella, she's more alone than in Ever After, where she has friends in the servants and is not an enemy with Jacqueline. However, in both movies she is still treated just as horribly.

3. Are you an animal lover? Would you eagerly count mice, lizards, cows, and geese as friends? Dogs and cats? 

If you know me, you know I'm a animal lover. Can't get enough of cute lil' pups and the such. I would count mice as my friends, lizards, cows, and geese! Dogs, the nice ones, are especially my friends and friendly cats as well.

4. After asking question #3, I realized how remarkably many of the adaptations I’ve seen have Cinderella either horseback riding or involved with horses. Have you ever ridden? If so, have you ever ridden sidesaddle or bareback? 

Unfortunately, though I have and will most likely always love horses, I've only ridden a horse once. It was an old ( and when I say old, I mean old) horse, and I was at a kid's day on the farm event. No sidesaddle nor bareback.

5. Your favorite Cinderella dress/s? 

This dress is just classy and classic, in the 1950 Disney's Cinderella...

...but Disney overdid themselves when I saw this dress in the new 2015 Cinderella.

6. Do you ever think of Cinderella while doing your household chores? :)

Of course, especially when I'm scrubbing the floors, I think of her singing in the 1950's movie. The song the mice sing when making her dress is so adorable, you just can't get over it.

7. What major character traits do you think are essential in a faithful prince? 

Honesty, Courage, kindness, and faithfulness.

8. Your top THREE favorite fairy tales (as in the original folklore tales, not adaptations). 

1.Peter Pan (has always been my favorite)

2.Beauty and the Beast

3.Snow White (if you have not seen Mirror Mirror, you should)

9. Your top FIVE current favorite fairy tale/legend type films (BESIDES any Cinderella adaptations). 

1.Tangled (here comes the smolder)

2.Maleficent ( this movie made me cry)

3.Frozen (I know a lot of people either like Tangled or Frozen. At first, I did not like Frozen, but the more I watch it...well, the more it grows on me.)

4.Brave (can hair get much more amazing?)

5.Beauty and the Beast (can't wait for the upcoming live-action film!)

10. If you could play Cinderella and the story could be set in any region of the world and any time period, what would you pick? And what would your dream ‘ball gown’ for it be like? 

1800's and Ireland. There would be no cars, no phones, and so much more simpler things. Ireland because it's so beautiful...the old rocky fields and grazing woolly sheep.

Rock of Cashel in Ireland
(via Budgettravel.com)

My dream dress would probably be either white or, as Cinderella's blue. It would be a lot like Belle's in Beauty and the Beast.

11. And (purely for fun :))… what color/s do you immediately associate with Cinderella?

Blue, like probably everyone does, and then sparkly blue.

That sums up my post...further 'Cinder-elly' reviews and the like ahead. 

"A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes"


  1. I'm so glad you could fill these out, Michaila! :) Wonderful pictures...

    And #7: "Honesty, Courage, kindness, and faithfulness." Excellent summary!

    #9: "You broke my smolder." *grinning all over* FAVORITE!!! ;D And similar story... I've come to like Frozen a lot, too.

    #10: Oooooh, Ireland in the 1800's! Have you seen Disney's classic, live action Darby O'Gill and the Little People? It's kind of rambling and a little... fantastical (there's kind of a "ghost-ish" type appearance at the end that we skip, but you can totally see it coming) and it's just darling. Altogether, it's very Irish (set in the 1800's ;)) and the romance is sooo sweet!!

    Thank you again and I'm greatly looking forward to any Cinderella-ish reviews! If you post any, just make sure to paste your link/s back in the comments after my "kick-off" post and that way I can be sure to include them in my link-up at the end of the week. :)

  2. Thank you so much Heidi! I have not seen Darby 'O Gill but I'll have to order it from the library. I'll be sure to do that!
    Thanks again for making such a sweet tag!!! :D

  3. I had fun reading your answers! And I love all the pictures you included :)

    Mirror Mirror, Maleficent, Frozen…gahh, YES!!! :D

    1. haha, some of my favorite movies! Thank you!