CinderellaCinderella (1950) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film by Dave Koch
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- Walt Disney Studios
- Animated Characters: Cinderella, Prince Charming, Mice (Gus, Jaq, Suzy, Perla, Blossom, Luke, Mert, Bert), Lucifer, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia Tremaine, Drizella Tremaine, Fairy Godmother, King, Grand Duke, Bruno, Doorman.
- Awards: Academy Award Nominee, Best Scoring of a Musical Picture, Paul Smith, Oliver Wallace, 1951.
Academy Award Nominee, Best Original Song, "Bibbidy-Bobbidi-Boo" (Music and Lyrics: Mack David, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston), 1951.
Academy Award Nominee, Best Sound Recording, Walt Disney Studio Sound Department, 1951.
- Originally Released in 1950.
- Production Number: 2063
- Running Time: 74 minutes.
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It was with Cinderella that the Disney Company found it's niche. At the same time, the animators were at the top of their game. It all came together here- cute songs (including Academy Award Nominee "Bibbidy-Bobbidi-Boo"), cute animal side-kicks, evil step-mother, magic, romance and a handsome prince.
Disney seems to have progressed to a more beautiful color palette here, too... away from the dreary colors of films like The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mister Toad. The films also have a hefty dose of humor.... but they are not all light and airy. Disney is not afraid of complex, deep emotions, and is willing to scare it's audience just as easily as tickling them.
Cinderella is a groundbreaking film for Disney for no other reason than this set the road-map for success for the studio for the next sixty years, and, dare I say it, beyond.
This was the 12th film in the official Disney list of animated films.
The "Cinderella" legend, like the tale of "Beauty and the Beast," exists in almost every world culture. The earliest known version is from ninth century China. The Disney version of Cinderella was based upon Cendrillion, as told by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou Contes du temps passe (1697). The tale has been a favorite of film makers over the years; even Walt Disney had made a short version in 1922.
The key to successfully adapting Cinderella was to remain comfortable in a time-honored fairy tale, but to relate it with enough wit and freshness to appeal to a modem audience. Although it's hard to believe today, Cinderella represented a significant gamble for the Disney Studio. If it had failed, the Studio would most probably have stopped making animated features. Instead, it was a smash box-office hit, earning more than $4 million on its initial release, and setting the Disney Studio on the firmest fiscal foundation it had known since 1938.
Cinderella was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1950: Best Sound (Walt Disney Studios Sound Department), Best Song ("Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston, music and lyrics) and Best Scoring of a Musical Picture (Oliver Wallace and Paul J. Smith).
Walt Disney took as few gambles with Cinderella as possible. There could be no second-guessing, and no artistic "wrong turns" that could break the film's budget. Rather than allow endless (and expensive) experimentation in story structure and ordinary human movement, Disney ordered much of the film's action to be shot with live actors. This footage could then be studied for basic movement, and edited together to aid structural development.
One of the outstanding artistic contributions to Cinderella is the sophisticated overall color styling of the film, by Claude Coats and Mary Blair. The backgrounds have a largely "cool" feel to them; in this way, the characters remain predominant against them, due to their warm color styles. Michael Giaimo, the production designer for Pocahontas (1995), was inspired by Coats' and Blair's color styling and used its technique to lend dimension to scenes in Pocahontas.
Some critics still regard Cinderella as an unremarkable "kid sister" to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), but its characters, story, music, and art combine to create a film that can strongly stand on its own merits.
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