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      "Prince Cinders" from Longreturn Ltd, via Animation City

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Prince Cinders  (1993)
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producers: Longreturn Ltd / Animation City
                     for Channel 4 Television
2D animation
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     To the disco you shall go!"


    The Cinderella story gets turned on its head in this mixed-up tale of
    lowly Prince Cinders, a lad who wants nothing more than to go to Princess
    Lovelypenny's disco. But he won't be going anywhere if his Ugly Brothers
    get their way. You see, these three spoilt mustachioed princes see their
    younger brother as nothing more than a hired servant. They make him iron all
    their shirts, slavishly, whilst they preen and pump themselves up for the party.
    And worse still, they soil and ruin his trousers so that even if he makes it out
    the house, he'll have nothing to wear.

    Lucky for Cinders, a fairy-godmother-in-training tumbles down his chimmney
    to grant him a series of magic wishes. Only, this would-be witch gets her
magic muddled. So Cinders ends up with a miniature car for a carriage.
    Instead of a designer outfit, he gets a ridiculous red and white striped bathing
    suit, and worse still, the spell to turn him into a big hairy man transforms
    into nothing less than a lumbering, ooh-oohing gorilla. But our Prince is
    unaware of the transformation, and he's soon causing havoc around town
    as he skates off on his little car, down to the royal disco for one heck
    of a party...

    The tale of Prince Cinders was adapted from the popular picturebook by
    Babette Cole and her illustrations appear to have rollerskated straight off
    the page. From the busy layouts, to the bubbling, bumbling sidekicks and
    secondary characters, there's no mistaking her unique stylings here.
    The enduring appeal of the story is the way in which every facet of the
    famous fairytale is modernised and twisted around. And in the end, it's
    those trousers ruined by the the three Ugly Brothers at the start of our
    tale, which are used to reunite our hero with Princess Lovelypenny - *sigh*

    The film version was produced via Animation City, the company instigated
    by director Derek Hayes. He's since directed the likes of Miracle Maker,
    and welsh-language film Y Mabinogi - both of which are an animated
    world away from the pantomime exploits of Prince Cinders. But this
    kind of adaptation is something of a forte for the film's producer, Iain
    Harvey. He and his production outfit, Illuminated Films, have produced
    films and series starring classic characters from the likes of Raymond
    Briggs, Michael Foreman and most recently, Tony Ross.


    "Prince Cinders" by Babette Cole

     Further reading

     Since it's first publication in 1987, Babette Cole's spritely pantomime
     tale has had numerous reprints. We've had hardback and softback
     editions, and the obligatory movie tie-in, but here's a link to the
     most recent edition:

» Prince Cinders

     Awards for the film

     1998 - Grand Prix, L'Enfant Lune, Geneva
     1994 - TV Quick Award


     Prince Cinders on DVD

     UK DVD
Prince Cinders
                Region 2 / VDI Entertainment / March 2007


      based on the book by Babette Cole

        Animation City - AC Live

        produced by Longreturn Limited at the studios of Animation City
        for Channel 4 Television Corporation, in association with
        Gaga Communications,  Pickwick Video, Tele-Munchen,
        Boo Bros Film-TV Productions        

        dedicated to Phil Austen (1951-1990)

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       with thanks to:

Derek Hayes
Iain Harvey
Andrew Goff
Alison Fensom
Robert Llewellyn
Dirk Higgins

"Love Don't Work That way"
sung by Lenny Henry

"A Touch of Magic"
sung by Miriam Stockley

Graeme Perkins
Muriel MacLeod, Mark Fulton
Henrietta Maslin
Bernard Moss
Jim Davey
Steve Davey
Neil Graham, David Elvin
John Gosler, Denis Ryan
A For Animation, Claire Armstrong,
Eric Bouillette, Anna Brockett,
Michael Dudok de Wit, Joanne Gooding,
David Gosman, Piet Kboon,
Gaston Marzio, Philip Morris,
Andy Powell, Steve Roberts,
Sharon Smith, Paul Stone,
Mike Swindall, Tim Webb, Bob Wilk

Alan Andrews, Paul Chorley,
Angela Hayes, Clare Lyonette,
Tabitha O'Connell, Barney Russel,
Jim Southworth, Debra Thaine

paint and trace services provided by
Animex Studios of St Petersburg
in association with Poseidon Film Distributors
additional paint & trace - London

Peter Knight

Andrew Awbery, Amanada Barnes,
Stephen de Costa, Selena D'Santos,
Patricia Garnette, Denis Gilpin,
Ofelia Gilpin, Sarah Godson,
Belinda Hale, Alan Henry,
Peter Hollowell, Peter Mays,
Alison McLaughlin, Suki Mostyn,
Michela Ranalli, Esme Ricketts,
Jennifer Ryder, Nazfar Sadoughi,
Tonia Thorne

Jane Brewster, Reed Wilson,
Tessa Farrington

Tom Beggs, Alexandra Bex,
John Butler, Lynette Charters,
Louisa Duthie, Lisa Flather,
Peter Gilbert, Natasha Gross,
Edwina Hannam, Alexis Hunter,
Debbie Johnson, Helen Kincaid,
Hilary Lloyd, David Melling,
Jackie Mitchell, Christine Murphy,
Vivienne Redmond, Norma Ricketts,
John Ricketts, Debra Smith,
Lucilla Smith, Michele Smith,
Jo Snell, Kristen Van Schreven

Janine Arthy, Kate Cowan,
Monica Herman, Jonathan Lukes,
Chris Perry, Renee Robinson,
Jill Tudor

Faye Hurree
Scott Griffin
Colour Film Services
Film Finances
Sian Thomas, Lucy Ash,
Barbara McCormack,
Kristy Baillie, Ammie Purcell
the producers acknowledge
the support of CARTOON
Dexter Fletcher (Cinders)
Jim Broadbent (Ugly Brother/policeman)
Jonathan Ross (Ugly Brother/police officer)
Robert Llewellyn (Ugly Brother)
Craig Charles (Zipper)
Jennifer Saunders (Fairy)
Victoria Wicks (Princess Lovelypenny)
Lenny Henry (bouncer-uncredited)


      On the web

Illuminated Films

      Iain Harvey's production company...

Derek Hayes

      The director's web space...

Babette Cole

      The author's own web site...

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