Cinderella: Once Upon a Time in the Old West (2012)

“This modern take on Cinderella is set to the backdrop of the Wild West featuring a new cast of furry and feathered friends. Cinderella is transformed for a night at the royal ball, but finds herself battling a band of gorilla pirates who have kidnapped Prince Vladimir and the Duchess. Will she have time to save the day and fall in love before the clock strikes twelve?”

– Anonymous, IMDB.

Also known as Cinderella 3D or Cinderella au Far West, Cinderella: Once Upon a Time in the Old West is a 2012 French film. At the time of writing this post I cannot confirm when this movie began development, but it should be noted that it was released one year after the U.S. production Rango, which also featured animal characters in a western setting. If google translate is to believed, Cinderella: Once Upon a Time in the Old West was the least profitable french film in 2012. 

Some thoughts from me (Potential spoilers below)…
The big thing I remember about this movie is how unpleasant the main character is. They tried very hard to make her a tough, independent woman, but personally I find she comes across more as a bit of a jerk. In a way it makes sense, Cinderella gets treated poorly by her step-family day after day, why wouldn’t she have a chip on her shoulder? I think it bugs me mostly because it doesn’t get acknowledged in the movie.   

To be fair to Cinderella, there are hints to a character that go beyond ‘kinda jerky’. In one scene, Cindy takes a long look at herself in the mirror and literally lets her hair down, admiring herself before she gets interrupted and has to revert to her cold exterior once again. It’s an interesting moment, the implication being that our tomboy wants to allow herself to loosen up, but she doesn’t feel like she can/that it’s safe to do.   

Maybe the film could’ve explored how she could still be tough as nails while also being able to indulge in her feminine side when she chooses? At one point it seems like the film is going to do this when we see Cinderella get gussied up to go romance the Prince. She gets to flirt, have a bit of fun… but then a bar fight breaks out and she’s immediately back to her tough, rough-housing self and the feminine side of her is never spoken of again. It makes me question why the scene with the mirror took place, as it never seems to get a satisfactory follow-up in the story (I guess unless you count her falling in love as her being able to express her femininity? Maybe that’s what they were going for).   

Regardless, there’s still a lot of entertainment to be gleaned from this one. The stand in for the glass slipper, for instance, is both unique and hilarious. This one definitely qualifies for a ‘what could they have done differently discussion after the movie’s done.


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