animated cartoon Poor Cinderella © Fleischer Studios
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Poor Cinderella

Cinderella (Betty Boop with red hair?), is bullied by her step sisters, who force her to do the chores of the house. While they go of to the Prince’s Ball, Cinderella is left at home, until her Fairy God Mother appears and gives her a beautiful coach, glass slippers and dress; which of course, will last until the toll of midnight.

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This is one of favorite Betty Boop cartoons, and also "Cinderella" is one of my favorite fairy stories. I also would like to point out that this short was...
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Though I can understand Inkwolf's fondness for this short, I can't quite bring myself to share it - but maybe that's a bloke thing. It certainly has its good points,...
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You all know the Cinderella story, and you won't meet many surprises in this Betty Boop adaptation. One surprise--it seems Betty Boop is a redhead! See what happens...
Created by: Fleischer Studios
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Featuring the voices of:
Mae Questel ... Betty Boop
Directed by: David Fleischer
Produced by: Max Fleischer
Based on: The Charles Perrault version of the fairy tale.

The first in Max and Dave Fleischer’s Color Classic series (as well as Betty Boop’s only color appearance in her theatrical years), which were originally designed partly to show of Fleischer's Stereo-Optical process (which allowed for a 3D effect in the backgrounds) and partly because of increasing pressure to create an answer to Disney’s Silly Symphonies (rather than allowing the company to continue doing their own great thing).

Like the Silly Symphonies, the Color Classic were a series of one-shot shorts with an emphasis on music rather than plot or characterization. The series was entirely made in color, but due to Disney holding the exclusive rights for three-strip Technicolor at the time, the first group of Color Classics were made in the inferior two-strip Cinecolor process (which allowed for little to no blue). Since Betty was Fleischer’s most famous character (along with Popeye, but he was owned by King Features) she was used to launch the new series.

This short is available on various public domain compilations. The ‘Somewhere in Dreamland’ merchandise is likely to be of better quality (and contains a commentary by animation historian Jerry Beck) and contains as complete a collection of the Color Classics series as can be obtained until an official release, with just one episode missing (due to it still being under copyright).

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