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What started as a graduate school capstone project has now expanded into a blog and a professional development workshop series for Washington State community colleges. Join me, Kaytie (Disney scholar, mom, and college academic adviser), as I talk about Disney princesses, representation in media, my relatability to and love for Disney villains, and more.

What‘s with all the Cinderella Movies?

October 19, 2021

Welcome back!


Which version of Cinderella is your favorite? Do you think there are too many?

Take a listen as I talk about the feminist and anti-feminist Cinderella stories as well as the new Amazon Studios Cinderella (even though it’s not Disney).


Visit the podcast at www.wonderfulworldofidisneyvillains.com or DM the podcast on Instagram @wwofdisvillains. 

You can find me, Kaytie, on Instagram @disvillainsscholar.


Time Stamps:

00:00 - Intro

01:00 - Feminism

02:08 - Disney 1950 Cinderella summary

05:19 - Cinderella is an anti-feminist story

09:05 - Cinderella is a feminist story

11:43 - Domestic and family abuse as it pertains to Cinderella’s story

15:24 - Happiness vs optimism

19:04 - The Mary Sue - the male gaze 

20:42 - Cinderella and her agency: does she have a lot of agency?

24:31 - History of the story Cinderella

26:13 - Why do we have so many Cinderella movies and stories?

  • List of popular Cinderella movies
  • Why people may love Cinderella stories
  • Mary Sue
  • Pop Crush

32:18 - Disney’s 2015 Cinderella

42:24 - The Wonderful World of Disney Rodgers & Hammerstein's 1997 Cinderella

  • Most racially diverse Cinderella cast
  • Multi-racial families
  • HuffPost.com: Cinderella’s feminist mindset
  • Relationships between characters are more developed
  • Fairy Godmother empowering Cinderella / empowered Cinderella
  • HuffPost.com: dreaming vs doing mindset
  • The crew behind the Disney Cinderella movies vs Whitney Houston and Debra Martin Chase dynamic duo

57:21 - Amazon Studios 2021 Cinderella

  • Initial audience reviews (all 1 out of 5-star ratings)
  • My initial reaction to watching the movie
  • The Mary Sue: first Latina Cinderella and a “diverse” cast
  • Metro.co.uk: marketing Amazon Studios Cinderella and Broadway Cinderella as “better” aka “less romantic”

01:15:21 - Ending