No one does it better than Walt Disney classic animated movies in retelling old-fashioned fairy tales in a fresh way that still works for modern audiences. The wonderful use of hand-animation is still top-notch and the songs are memorable. The suspenseful sequence when she runs from the donging clock is a classic cinematic moment but the most powerful scene is when Cinderella's dress is ripped off her perfect body.
While the film has it's flaws, the details in the story and characters make it by far the greatest version of this timeless tale. The scene where Cinderella's dress is torn apart is a brilliant use of tragic drama, especially considering the set up. Pure Disney magic.
Cinderella is the embodiment of pure Disney magic, and remains a beloved and compelling classic as much as ever. True, the mice take up most of the screen time, that could have been used to flesh out underdeveloped characters such as the prince or even Cinderella, who is no less endearing. Beautiful artwork, magical songs and a deliciously despicable villain. Indeed, Cinderella is as lovely as her name.
As a kid, this one was close to my heart. I was so mesmerized by Cinderella's dreams coming true and all the fluff that is so unrealistic. Seeing this as an adult, I never realized how half of this movie focuses on the mice. But the mice teach a more valuable lesson about kindness and the benefits of hard work. Yada yada, still enjoyed it.