Cinderella 2?

This is an exerpt from the new Disney movie “Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True.” How does explaining what happens after the “happily ever after” change the traditional ending of fairy tales? Are we supposed to think about what happens after the prince marries the princess?

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About Elisabeth Gruner

English professor, University of Richmond
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3 Responses to Cinderella 2?

  1. Margot Hillyer says:

    I think this clip, and the idea of a “Cinderella 2”, is very interesting. We continue to see Disney’s incredibly stereotypical view of women in this new version, just as we did in the first. As a wife, Cinderella’s main task is to make the arrangements and preparations for the Royal Ball, that is it. I can’t begin to imagine what Karen Rowe would say about this! But what exactly is Disney trying to say? From this short 10 minute clip, I got the impression that woman are only to be housewives and mothers and their purpose is to plan functions for their husbands to enjoy.
    Another interesting point from the clip is Cinderella’s lack of experience at being a princess. When Prudence finds Cinderella making breakfast in the kitchen, she “doesn’t recognize” her in her normal, maybe even plebeian, clothing. Prudence quickly reprimands her telling her that princesses do not cook breakfast and that their are many rules to follow when being a princess.
    I have not seen the full movie, only this ten minute clip, but it seems to continue the tradition of woman being inferior to men and glorify the role of woman in the household. I wonder what the rest of the movie would entail and if Cinderella would ever become something greater. (**Not saying the being a housewife is not an excellent role**)

  2. I have not seen this whole movie, but based on the clip it seems to me that Cinderella is still passive, unassertive, and reliant upon others as we have seen in many other versions of the tale. After finding out that she must plan the Royal Banquet, Cinderella appears to be at a loss for what to do. It is no surprise that the mice show up to help her, and that Prudence is there to guide her so that she does things properly. It seems as though being a princess is rather difficult for Cinderella and that everything she does is unacceptable or gets disapproved by Prudence.

    Prudence has a similar appearance to Cinderella’s previous evil stepmother with her pointed face and dark clothing, so perhaps she plays a similar role in this story. She even makes the comment to Cinderella, “Just do as I say and everything will be fine.” Maybe she is jealous of Cinderella’s new position and therefore acts as a controlling figure. Again, this proves that this particular Cinderella is dependent on the help of others and is unable to take charge of the situation on her own.

    Perhaps if I saw the rest of the movie I would feel otherwise, but this is based solely on the clip.

  3. Lindsay Puccio says:

    I think this clip shows a new and interesting side of the Cinderella story. Once again, we visit the same passive and unassertive girl, only now she is a princess. However, I think the concept of the movie is interesting. So many people wonder what happens after happily-ever-after and this movie offers an answer. Granted, the answer just shows that women are still degraded and expected to do all of the housework and be severely domestic. I just think it’s interesting that Disney continually reverts back to such sexist tendencies. The story is interesting in that it does offer a glimpse of what happens after the happy ending, but at the same time, one has to wonder whether it takes away from the story. If it was just left at happily-ever-after, it would give the reader or, in this case, the viewer the opportunity to devise their own ideas as to what happens after they say “I do.”

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