Friday, July 12, 2013

Ornament Review: Cinderella - Enchanted Memories #1 - 1997 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Great sculpt of Cinderella with a bit more from the movie
Cons: Appeals mostly to girls; tips back
The Bottom Line
Add touch of magic
Cinderella transforms your
Tree the whole season

The First Enchanted Memories Ornament is Enjoyable Long After Midnight

Back in the late 90's, Hallmark tried two different Disney ornament series.  Looking at them, I'm still surprised that neither did better.  The first of these was Enchanted Memories, which focused on the Disney princesses, and first up for them was Cinderella.

The ornaments are a bit on the big side, but they capture more than just the main character.  Yes, Cinderella is front and center.  She's dressed in her ball gown and one foot is barely sticking out from under her dress.  Yes, it does have a shoe on it.  She's holding the sides of her dress and looks like she is about to curtsy.

But she is standing in front of an oval with a painting on it.  In this case, you've got her magic coach and horses in the fore ground with the castle in the background.  Naturally, it's a night, so this must be the night of the ball.  Enhancing the frame is a pumpkin at the top and ribbon around the sides.  Cinderella is standing on a round base, and this oval background is attacked to that.

Yes, I love the Disney fairytale movies, but I must admit I'm not the biggest collector of the princess stuff.  Still, this ornament does hold a certain charm since it includes more than just Cinderella herself.  Girls into the princesses will certainly love this one.

Because of the oval base, this ornament stands just fine.  Since there is little to really make it Christmassy, you could certainly display it year round.  It's not a toy, but it would look nice on a shelf with other collectables.  Those looking for the 1 in a Christmas tree should look at the back of the ornament and not the bottom.

There is a loop for hanging the ornament, and it shoots up from the back of the oval.  Since they could have made that just about any length to balance, I'm a little surprised to find that it tips back ever so slightly.  It's not too bad, but it's certainly noticeable even to the naked eye.

This is a series designed for little girls and Disney fanatics.  And maybe the lack of appeal to the general ornament collector market is why it only lasted three years.  But if you fit into those two categories, you might want to track down a copy of Enchanted Memories - Cinderella.

There's more magic for you with the rest of the Enchanted Memories series.

Ornament Review: $14.95

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