Cinderella Was A Feminist Princess Long Before 'Frozen' And 'Maleficent' Came Along

December 3, 2014 1:09 PM

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Cinderella Was A Feminist Princess Long Before 'Frozen' And 'Maleficent' Came Along

The last year has proved to be very progressive for Disney princesses. With their microscopic waistlines, hyper-sexualized royal attire and suffocating romantic plot lines, it seemed even the strongest female characters in the canon existed mostly to be saved by a man with a crown. Then along came 2013's "Frozen" and this year's "Maleficent," two films that rejected the fantasy of "true love's kiss" and the idea of salvation-via-prince that it contains. The Cinderella played by Anna Kendrick in Disney's forthcoming "Into the Woods" adaptation marks a third iteration of this self-saving princess. Although, in many ways, she was the pioneer of this movement that we've finally come to see on screen.

Not that Disney can take full credit here. The character Kendrick plays in Rob Marshall's "Into the Woods" was created for the initial stage production in 1987, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. With the premiere of their twisted fairy-tale mashup, Sondheim and Lapi...

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