Monday, May 2, 2011

Movie Review: Rogers and Hammerstein Cinderella

This is an old one--1997! I was watching it with my daughter the other day and had a completely different reaction from when I watched it as my much younger self when it aired on TV. I remember spending the first twenty minutes of the movie arguing with the multi-racial cast and refusing to accept a world where race is completely ignored. My hair wasn't natural and I didn't even notice the celebration of the diversity of our choice of styles as women of African descent. I was delighted to discover this movie all over again.

There are some things I would change about the movie, but I think if a mother is determined to share the Cinderella story with her daughter, this is a unique one to offer. All my girls especially enjoyed the music.

Check out my video review for more detail on my thoughts and concerns.


  1. As I became a teenager the multi-racial cast bugged me too. I would roll my eyes and say "That's the biggest fairy tale of all!" But it IS a fairy tale so they might as well portray and idealized version of race relations. I still love the movie :)

  2. That's what conclusion I've come too also Nicki--if we are going to fantasize that's a wonderful fantasy.