5 unconventional Cinderella adaptations

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11 Mar 2015

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The classic rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella has been told (and retold) countless times over books, movies, television shows and musicals. The latest high-profile addition to the list is Disney’s live-action Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh (who was also at the helm of Thor) and featuring a star-studded cast.

The sparkly blockbuster brings to life the iconic characters and timeless imagery first introduced in the 1950 cartoon version (which is based on Charles Perrault’s 300-year-old French interpretation), with a stronger emphasis on the message of courage and compassion to make it more relevant to modern moviegoers.

Viewers will be treated to a familiar storyline – a long-suffering servant girl endures her nasty stepfamily before finding her “happily ever after” thanks to magic and her own kindness – that has received a dazzling Hollywood makeover, starring Cate Blanchett as the cruel stepmother, Helena Bonham Carter as the quirky Fairy Godmother, Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden as the Prince and fresh-faced beauty Lily James as the titular heroine.

“We’re not doing a revisionist version of (the cartoon) Cinderella,” explains screenwriter Chris Weitz. “She does what the character did in the fairy tale, but in order to modernise her for today’s audience, we decided to have the same heroine whose virtue is really in her ability to maintain her good nature and her character in spite of a lot of suffering.”

While this rendition closely follows the version of the tale we know and love, there have been many other adaptations that incorporated innovative twists to their storytelling. Before you catch the newest kid on the Cinder-block from tomorrow onwards, check out 5 other unconventional adaptations of the fairy tale:

Disney’s Cinderella is in cinemas on March 12.

A Cinderella Story trilogy
A Cinderella Story trilogy
11 Mar 2015

A Cinderella Story trilogy

Three contemporary variations of the old tale were released from 2004 to 2011, featuring the hottest starlet of that moment in the lead role (Hilary Duff in the first one, Selena Gomez in the second and Lucy Hale in the third). While A Cinderella Story, Another Cinderella Story and A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song are considered parts of a trilogy, none of the films are related, save for the common theme of a mistreated girl who is freed from her misery after finding her “prince”.

In other words, as their titles suggest, they’re all a retelling of the familiar fantasy, except they’re set in the present day and have modern objects like a cell phone or music player filling in the role of the glass slipper.

Cinderella
Cinderella
11 Mar 2015

Cinderella

Although not a straight-up interpretation of the known servant-to-princess journey, it’s not impossible to see where this grotesque South Korean horror flick gets its name from. Abusive stepmother who favours her own offspring over her adopted one? Check. An orphan lass who is locked in a cellar while her spoiled stepsister gets all the good stuff? Check.

Said orphan lass having her face surgically removed to be attached to her stepsister’s, then hanging herself and returning as a ghost that drives girls to suicide with thoughts of being ugly? Okay, that’s where it veers freakishly far from its namesake. This is one variation that doesn’t quite get a happy ending, unless you count (spoiler alert!) the stepmother agreeing to cross over to the afterlife with “Cinderella” in order to save her real daughter.

For a much less macabre Korean take on the tale, you can check out the next entry on our list… 

Cinderella’s Sister
Cinderella’s Sister
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Cinderella’s Sister

2PM fans will know this drama as Taecyeon’s acting debut, and Super Junior devotees will know it as the one Yesung lends his vocals to for award-winning soundtrack ‘It Has to be You’. Hallyu idol connections aside, this interesting take on the fairy tale turns the stepsister (played by Moon Geun Young) into a main protagonist with a complicated, multifaceted personality, while “Cinderella” is an (gasp!) insufferable brat who (spoiler alert and double “gasp!”) doesn’t end up with the guy she wants.

As with most K-dramas, Cinderella’s Sister focuses on the various relationships between the characters, and even sneaks a love triangle into the midst. Honestly, if we were to rewrite Cinderella as a kimchi-land production, it’d probably be along these melodramatic lines as well.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

The Cinderella cartoon may have churned out a number of songs (as Disney delights are wont to do), but it can’t compare to the musicality of this wonderfully multiracial gem, which is the onscreen counterpart of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway show. Heck, it even features songstress Brandy as Cinderella and the late, great Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother.

While ‘Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo’ will forever hold a special place in Disney song lovers’ hearts, listening back to the tracks gifted to us from this adaptation such as ‘Impossible’ and ‘Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?’ makes us feel all warm, fuzzy and nostalgic inside.

Also, major brownie points for having a black Cinderella who falls in love with an Asian prince who has a black mother and a white father.

Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
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Cinderella III: A Twist in Time

“What if the slipper didn’t fit?” reads the tagline of the second sequel to the original animated flick. And indeed, we get to witness the answer to that question in this Back To The Future-esque spinoff where, after nabbing the Fairy Godmother’s wand, the evil stepmother travels back in time to make the glass shoe fit Cinderella’s stepsister Anastasia instead.

What follows is an interesting look at an alternative world where the Prince doesn’t find Cinderella in the end (or at least, faces a severe delay in doing so), and where magic is used to help someone other than our dear heroine, albeit in a much more unscrupulous way.

WIN 10 sets of Disney’s Cinderella movie premiums!
WIN 10 sets of Disney’s Cinderella movie premiums!
11 Mar 2015

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