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Hey, Cinderella! (1969) is a television special adaptation of Cinderella featuring The Muppets. Kermit the Frog hosts the special with King Goshposh and Rufus (from the Tales of the Tinkerdee and The Land of Tinkerdee pilots) and Splurge (the first Full-Bodied Muppet) appearing in this special as well. The music score was composed by Joe Raposo.[1]

The one-hour special was first shown on the CBC on March 16, 1969, and on ABC on April 10, 1970.

Plot

The story follows Cinderella (Belinda Montgomery): a beautiful girl who is forced to do all the chores by her wicked stepmother and two stepsisters with only her dog Rufus to help her.

At the palace, King Goshposh (performed by Jim Henson) is bored and wishes to throw a party so that he may be given presents. As an excuse, he decides that his son Prince Arthur Charming (Robin Ward), ought to wed and use the ball as a means to find a suitable princess bride. Arthur does not like this arrangement and while gardening explains to his friend Kermit the Frog (also performed by Jim Henson) that every girl who knows him is a snob. His only hope to find an unsnobbish girl is to find a girl who does not recognize him as the prince.

Shortly after, Cinderella meets Arthur in the gardens as she is fulfilling a task given to her by her stepmother (to muddy her shoes, dirty the kitchen floor, and then scrub the floor). Seeing that Cinderella does not recognize him as prince, he introduces himself as Arthur the gardener and secures an invitation for her by convincing his father to invite every person in the land to the ball rather than just the princesses (the king agrees, as it will get him more presents). Because the ball is a masquerade, Arthur and Cinderella decide to each wear a geranium as a means of recognizing the other.

The night of the ball, the stepfamily leave with a gift of old socks for the king. Cinderella is only allowed to attend if she finishes her chores, and finds a suitable dress, carriage, and coachman for the ball before the last minute (an impossible task, as she is told this at the last minute). When Cinderella dreams of attending the dance as well, her fairy godmother appears (who had been seen prior, attempting to turn a pumpkin into a coach as a magic trick). In a rare instance of her magic working, the fairy godmother provides Cinderella with a beautiful dress and glass slippers. She convinces Kermit to drive the carriage (though he refuses to turn human for it). The carriage is pulled by Kermit's monster friend Splurge after he accidentally scares away all the horses. The fairy godmother warns Cinderella to be home by twelve and attends the ball as well, to make sure the deadline is met. Unfortunately, the King decided to give all guests a geranium to wear so Arthur and Cinderella are unable to recognize each other. When they dance, Cinderella knows Arthur only as "Prince Charming" and he knows her only as a mysterious maiden. At the stroke of midnight, the fairy godmother and Cinderella run from the palace leaving behind only one glass slipper which the prince accidentally smashes.

Determined to force Arthur to marry the "mysterious maiden", the king first hires all his horses and men (a reference to Humpty Dumpty) to put the slipper back together and - when that is unsuccessful—look in all the unlikely places for the other glass slipper. Cinderella learns of this plan and though she realizes that she is the maiden they are searching for, she wishes to marry Arthur the gardener and not the prince. She convinces Rufus to bury the slipper, only for the prince to arrive and for Cinderella to realize that he and the gardener are the same person. She tries to explain that she's the mysterious princess, yet no one believes her. Finally, the fairy godmother appears, but in an attempt to turn Cinderella's rags back into the ball gown, Cinderella vanishes. In the meantime, Kermit and Splurge return the slipper. After a number of times, Cinderella appears in ball regalia, and she and the prince are finally married (with Kermit commenting that he could have solved the mystery much sooner, had he only been asked).

Afterwards, Kermit has received an personal invitation regarding a wedding of the Prince and his new bride. Sitting by a well and reading it, it includes he must bring a present for King Goshposh. After reading it, he remarks "How's that for a Happily ever after?" before jumping backwards into the well.

Notes

Later syndicated alongside The Muppet Show.

Cast

  • Belinda Montgomery as Cinderella
  • Robin Ward as Prince Arthur Charming
  • Pat Galloway as Wicked Stepmother
  • Joyce Gordon as Fairy Godmother

Muppet Performers

Credits

  • Director: Jim Henson
  • Writers: Jon Stone and Tom Whedon
  • Producer: Peter Miner
  • Cast: Belinda Montgomery, Robin Ward, Joyce Gordon, Pat Galloway
  • Muppet Performers: Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Jim Henson
  • Music by Joe Raposo
  • Director of Photography: Reg Morris
  • Editor: Stan Cole
  • Assistnat Direcor: Marilyn Stonehouse
  • Puppet Maker: Donald Sahlin
  • Executive Producer: John T. Ross

Songs

  • "If I Could Go Dancing"

Home Video releases

  • Muppet Home Video 1983 VHS, Beta and CED (distributed by Walt Disney Home Video and RCA SelectaVision)
  • Buena Vista Home Video 1994 VHS (Jim Henson Video)

References

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