Cast: Yolande Moreau, Alexandra Lamy, Isabelle Nanty, Antoine de Caunes, Michel Boujenah
Direction: Pascal Hérold
Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes
STORY: The classic Cinderella story is given a cowboythemed, Wild West style makeover. This time, it is Cinderella who does the rescuing, along with a group of friends. MOVIE REVIEW: This is probably the most extreme deviation from the classic Cinderella tale that you will have seen so far. Made by the French (its original French title is Cendrillon au Far West), with English overdubbing in curious accents, this avatar of Cinderella is no cowering wallflower.
She’s a cowgirl who swaps the ball gown for a pair of jeans. Life is fairly humdrum for everybody until she hops on an actionpacked quest to save the mother of a prince who has been kidnapped by a group of gorilla pirates. Another big change – the glass slipper here is a missing tooth. And there’s no fairy godmother; here, Cinderella has a simpering shaman to help her with the bits involving magic. The rendering and colours, though saturated, are several pegs below the kind of top-notch work that lovers of the animation genre expect to see in films these days.
The animals are all anthropomorphic and yet, it’s not easy to figure out who is what. For example, Cinderella looks like a talking dog with pigtails that rides what seems to be an ostrich. The pirates, dressed in seafaring garb, operate in what looks like an arid desert and for some reason mariachi music seems to permeate most of the film. It’s a puzzling combination that does not sit right. While creative adaptations to fairytales are all very well, this one is just too much of an aggregation of parts that does not make up a wholesome whole.