Cinderella is one of the fairy tales that is certainly worthy of the Disney name. It is the rags-to-riches story that Walt Disney, and more importantly the Disney Studios, experienced. It saved the studios from bankruptcy and gave us some important lessons about adversity in return.
I might have mentioned this before but Cinderella is one of my favourite animated classics next to Beauty and the Beast. Way back when I did a countdown of my top 10 WDAS Feature Films Cinderella came out at number 2, in part to the music, animation, cast of voice actors, and the character of Cinderella herself. I know that I am one who will go about my daily life trying to be as strong as Belle, infusing everything I do with her daring tenacity and openness, but lately, Cinderella has taken her place. Her struggle through the abuse of her stepmother and stepsisters, her willingness to rise above it all, the kindness she shows to the world, are all characteristics that drive me at the moment. Whenever I get frustrated at things (which has been nearly every day of 2017), I’ve learnt to control it by reminding myself that if Cinderella can keep herself composed and rise above it, I can too. She lives and breathes for kindness, courage, compassion and we need more of it in the world, no matter how oldfashioned others may deem it to be.
Returning to the film, it is one of Disney’s animated classics that will stand the test of time. In this respect, and the fact that it saved the Disney Studio it has to be one of the most important films in their canon. The profits from the film’s release, in addition to profits from record sales, music publishing, publications and other merchandise meant that Disney had the cash flow to finance future productions (animated and live action), establish Buena Vista Distributions, and build Disneyland. It makes me wonder what would have happened if Cinderella hadn’t been made!
Thoughts aside, what are some Cinderella Fun Facts?
Lucifer was modelled after Ward Kimball’s own cat.
According to Marc Davis, at least 90 percent of the film was done in live action before being turned into animation.
Animators on Cinderella competed with those working on Alice in Wonderland to see who would finish first, as well as seeing who did the better job.
It was the first film to have its songs published and copyrighted by the newly created Walt Disney Music Company.
The clothing of Cinderella in the film has attracted the attention of some fashion and art historians. The dress that is torn by Anastasia and Drizella is thought to be inspired by the designs of Salvador Dali, and the ballgown is in the contemporary 1950s style of Christian Dior.
Earlier drafts of the film included an extended fantasy sequence where Cinderella would imagine impossible ways to finish all her chores and muse what the royal ball would be like. It also included its own work song.
The animated feature film was not the first time Walt Disney forayed into the world of Cinderella. The story inspired one of his Laugh-O-Gram productions in the early 1920s.
Cinderella has proven to be one of the most popular and iconic characters in the Disney Princess Franchise. In promotional images, Cinderella is often placed near or at the centre to point out her leadership and popularity.
And that is that.
What are your thoughts on Cinderella?
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