Oh my god, you guys, I am so excited to bring you today’s Web Crush. With Halloween drawing ever closer (which, yes, I will remind you of every week in October) I’m sure a lot of us have got our own favorite spooky movies that we devour to get into the right mood. Little Shop of Horrors, The Ring, Halloweentown—the list is literally endless. Today’s Web Crush comes from one of the deviously clever minds behind the timeless favorites Beetlejuice and The Addams Family, so you know it’s got to be good. Dear viewers, let me welcome you to the Cinderella re-make where the clock has skipped right past twelve and rung at thirteen ‘o clock; let me welcome you to the world of Cindy.
Director Larry Wilson has reached into the cadaver of this well-loved fairy tale and has retrieved the darker, more comical innards that Disney could never give you. Cindy may start out with a similar premise—a poor girl under the thumb of her evil stepmother (in this case foster mother) and her two horrid stepsiblings—but it takes a turn for the delightfully strange soon after. I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t think of anything that screams fairy tale less than reality TV, so to see that Cindy takes place entirely within the boundaries of reality television is quite the interesting take. Cindy’s foster mother is a reality television starlet of the show Rayveen and Friends, on which she features alongside her family; however, she seems to be in constant competition for the part of head bitch with her two kids, Dante and Tuesday. Cindy, however, is just trying to make it through the annoyances that come with this (such as being labeled a ‘personal assistant’ instead of a foster child) when her fairy godmother appears—her “dust” addicted fairy godmother—and starts to make things even more complicated than they were before. Luckily, Cindy seems to have someone normal on her side in the reality show’s stagehand, Seth. Will his admiration and love for Cindy win out over his own desire to be a star? Well, we’ll just have to see, won’t we?
Looking through the behind the scenes videos on the series’s YouTube page, I immediately fell in love with both Dante and Tuesday. Both of them are the kind of character you love to hate, but without being overly spiteful and annoyingly spoiled. There is a real chance for growth on their part, and I love villains that have their moments of goodness, especially when they’re bookended by moments of badness. Also something surprisingly nice is that Cindy herself isn’t some shrinking violet. Oh no. Cindy carries the trademark sass of other Wilson ladies like Lydia and Wednesday Addams and it’s really great to see the other characters (namely Rayveen and her family) play off of the unexpected snark.
Now, I’d love to tell you where you can watch this, but Cindy is in a predicament that many web shows have been in before. Cindy is currently in the last legs of a Kickstarter campaign and is need of funding to continue on with this quirky re-telling. Rewards for donating include signed posters of movies like Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas and even a script consultation from Wilson himself for all you budding screenwriters out there! Looking beyond the fairy dust and TV glitz, it’s clear to me that Cindy is more than just another venture into dark comedy: it truly is a labor of love. I, for one, would love to see this Cinderella become more than just a wish the cast’s hearts made.