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Poor Cinderella

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Betty Boop in Poor Cinderella
Cinderella, as played by Betty Boop
Directed byDave Fleischer
Seymour Kneitel (animation)
Produced byMax Fleischer
(also presenter)
StarringBonnie Poe
(Betty Boop /
Fairy Godmother /
Ugly Stepsisters)
Jack Mercer
(additional voices)
Music byMurray Mencher
Jack Scholl
Charles Tobias
Phil Spitalny
(director, credited as recording)
Sammy Timberg
(director, uncredited)
Animation byCharacter animation:
Roland Crandall
Seymour Kneitel
William Henning
Robert Bemiller (uncr.)
Lillian Friedman (uncr.)
Myron Waldman (uncr.)
Joseph Oriolo (uncr.)
Arnold Gillespie (uncr.)
Orestes Calpini (uncr.)
Sam Stimson (uncr.)
Edward Nolan (uncr.)
Hicks Lokey (uncr.)
Tom Johnson (uncr.)
Shamus Culhane (uncr.)
Robert Bentley (uncr.)
Ben Solomon (uncr.)
Winfield Hoskins (uncr.)
Irving Spector (uncr.)
Stan Quackenbush (uncr.)
Dave Hoffman (uncr.)
Background animation:
Anderson Craig
Color processCinecolor (2-strip)
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
August 3, 1934
Running time
10 mins
Poor Cinderella

Poor Cinderella (original title as Betty Boop in Poor Cinderella) is a 1934 Fleischer Studios animated short film featuring Betty Boop.[1] Poor Cinderella was Fleischer Studio's first color film, and the only appearance of Betty Boop in color during the Fleischer era. It is the final animated short presented by Max Fleischer and at Fleischer Studios, and the first Paramount Picture series animated short in color.


Cinderella (portrayed by Betty Boop) is a poor young woman forced to be the virtual slave of her two ugly stepsisters, who demand she prepare them for the prince's ball while she is left at home to lament her spinsterdom, singing that no one loves her and that her only respite is her dreams, but she holds out hope of being a real princess someday. Cinderella is visited by her fairy godmother, who grants her wish to attend the prince's ball, giving her beautiful clothes, a carriage, and the traditional glass slippers, with the warning that she must leave by midnight before the spell expires.

During the ball, Prince Charming, provoked by a mallet-wielding Cupid, descends the staircase in royal fashion and is instantly smitten by Cinderella. The two have a wonderful time dancing together, but when midnight strikes, she rushes out of the ball, leaving behind her shoe. The prince proclaims that whoever can fit her foot into the shoe shall be his wife; all the maidens in the land line up to try, with none in the queue able to fit until Cinderella arrives and fits into the shoe easily. The two are married, and the ugly stepsisters are left to argue with each other until the end title's doors smack their heads together.


The short was made in the two-strip Cinecolor process, because Walt Disney had exclusive rights to the new 3-strip Technicolor process from 1932 to 1935. (The remaining Color Classics from 1934 and 1935 were made in two-color Technicolor.) Betty's hair was colored red to take advantage of this. The short also used Fleischer Studio's Stereoptical process, in order to provide some scenes with additional depth of field. Along with many of the other Color Classics, Poor Cinderella.

Rudy Vallee appears in caricature, singing the title song during the ball sequence.


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 54–56. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.

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