Cinderella is a story that has been told across many cultures in numerous languages. The enduring nature of the tale is probably due to the grace of Ella's character and the magical elements that lead to a very happy ending.
Disney's 2015 enchanting adaptation is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere - with bonus features that include over 12 minutes of additional scenes and the "Frozen Fever" theatrical short.
This new version of the classic fairy tale is breathtaking in cinematography, spot-on in character casting, and magnificent in messaging. Besides being kind and courageous, Ella is hardworking and hopeful. She is the kind of woman I hope my daughters to be and that I strive to be - always believing the best, persevering through difficult times.
Perhaps the most powerful moment in the film comes at the very end, when Cinderella turns to forgive her stepmother - freeing herself from the pain of past hurts.
Although rated PG, the film steers clear of scary elements, violence, language, and sexuality. We felt comfortable screening this film at home for all three of our daughters - ages nine, six, and three.
Be sure to see our picks for the Best Children's Books About Cinderella and the Best Children's Books about Princesses.