The Story That Launched a Hundred Movies

So far we’ve looked at individual movies that had fascinating origins, but it’s time to look at a catalytic idea that has been shared by hundreds of films. The folk tale “Cinderella; or The Little Glass Slipperholds the distinction of being made into more movies than any other story.

Beyond film, there are also countless ballets, operas, plays, novelizations, television programs, comic books and ice skating shows that all use the story of a young oppressed girl gaining a magical set of slippers from a Fairy Godmother as their generation point.

Disney Cinderella

The idea has been twisted in every single direction, reset in locations from New York to Japan, and been remade for every generation. However, it’s probably a safe bet that the most famous is Disney’s Oscar-nominated version from 1950.

The question is, what’s so fascinating about this story that it’s been the midwife for so many different interpretations? Why is it shared across time and across cultures?

Whatever the answer, “Cinderella” is an incredible origin story.


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