I often get sucked into the world of all things Disney. That’s what happens when you have a 4-year-old daughter who aspires to be a ballerina-doctor-princess. Between scratching my head trying to figure out how she’ll swing that as her college major and waiting for the preschool vocational tests to come in the mail, I’ve resolved myself to entertain her 4-year-old dream. After all, it was the very dream I, myself had as a kid.
But herein lies the difficulty: how do I teach my daughter to be a princess but still be an assertive young woman? Though you may laugh, I’m thinking a little Cinderella III might help me out here. It’s the perfect tool to teach her she doesn’t need magic to make her dreams come true—some grit and self-reliance will do just fine. Oh and let’s not stop there. Other things like the power of honesty, friendship and of being true to yourself are all cleverly woven throughout this newest Disney tale. All this while still managing to be a good old fashion love story, well that’s Disney for you.
Here’s the set-up, Cinderella’s sister nabs the fair godmothers wand. Of course the Stepmother gets a hold of it and reverses time. The glass slipper didn’t fit, the prince doesn’t know who Cinderella is and it’s up to Cindy to right the wrong. Through resourcefulness and wit (with a song and dance thrown in here and there) Disney has created a Cinderella for the modern girl. But honestly, my favorite part was the prince. In the past Prince Charming has been a quiet character. This time around Disney not only gave a good old fashion jolt of the 21st century to Cinderella, but they gave out a good dose to the Prince as well. He is an active participant and a well-rounded guy. Hooray for the modern man.
This movie is a keeper. And with a release date of February 6th it makes the perfect Valentine’s gift for the princess-in-training in your life. Forget the candy. Give a copy of Cinderella III and you’ll all enjoy it again….and again…and (if your kid is anything like mine) again.
Want more? Grab some popcorn and check out the extended clips from Cinderella III here. Want a copy for yourself? Check out Amazon and save $10 off the list price.

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