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03/13/15 8:30am
03/13/2015 8:30 AM |

CINDERELLACinderella
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Opens March 13

Glory to the logistical redundancies that Disney’s 2015 remake of Disney’s 1950 telling of Cinderella performs but never overcomes: because the earlier film was animated (a post-WWII comeback for the studio, in fact) and the new one is ostensibly live-action, Cinderella’s chattering animal friends must look more like real birds and mice, and because real birds and mice are difficult to control, they are rendered through the magic of computer animation. In other words, cartoon mice have been refashioned as cartoon mice. To borrow a term from another source of repeated and often Disney-branded reminaginings: we’re through the looking glass.

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