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The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin

Directed by Janet Perlman
Canada, 1981 (animation, 10 minutes, colour)
Also known as "La tendre histoire de Cendrillon Pingouin"
The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin
Photo © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)

Film Description:
"Starring a mistreated, romantic penguin and a supporting cast of rotund look-alikes in the well-known tale with a preposterous twist."
-- World Film Festival / Festival des films du monde (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Produced by: Janet Perlman, Derek Lamb
Animation: Janet Perlman
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
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Notes about The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin

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Quote by the Director

"I don't like the automatic pairing of virtue and beauty in fairy tales and Disney films. I have never had a desire to do that kind of animation. Disney would have put penguins in Antarctica. I kept them in medieval England. Penguins are perfect for Cinderella because she was beautiful and good, while her sisters were ugly and bad. If everyone was a penguin [...] then they'd all be just birds."
-- Janet Perlman (source)

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