Attractive backgrounds, elaborate title cards, a cute operetta score and turntable sets are the highlights of the Fleischer cartoon ‘Poor Cinderella’ (1934).
Oh, there’s the usual Fleischer ridiculousness. The ending when the ugly stepsisters get crushed by the doors announcing the end of the cartoon is fun but I always like the silly aspect of a Fleischer cartoon and nothing can be sillier than mice, lizards and a pumpkin (voiced by Gus Wickie?) each getting a chorus of the title song.
I defy anyone to hate mice singing “la-la-la” in falsetto.
Seeing Betty Boop as a redhead is a bit disconserting and I enjoyed her far more in the bizarre ‘Snow White’ the previous year but this short has its charms.
Seymour Kneitel, Doc Crandall and William Henning are the credited animators.