Disney’s CINDERELLA is a classic and a film I’ve owned in every format it’s been released in. Sure, you could do the whole feminist thing and say it glorifies keeping women down, making them believe they need a man to make them happy, and all that other nonsense. But this feminist believes it’s pure fantasy and worthy of a watch. Sure, you can have the discussion with your children about romance, expectations, etc., but at least you’ll have something to get the conversation started.
I’m a princess fan and I’m not ashamed of it. Make-believe is a great way to grow a brain and kids need time to just pretend and to use their imagination. And here they get to do it in a g-rated way with lovely hand-drawn and now vintage drawings done so lovingly so long ago by Disney artists. From a pure historic point of view, it showcases some of Disney’s greatest character drawings and stunning backgrounds.
Historical Cinderella Drawings
The film was printed in small story sketch size and used to help guide the design and layout of the film. In 1950, this was an experimental technique that the team was using for this film to help integrate the live action reference footage into the animation and thereby help the project stay within budget. Helene Stanley, the actress featured in these photographs also served as a model for “Sleeping Beauty” and “101 Dalmatians.”
Last year I got the pleasure of visiting the Disney Archives and seeing some of the original drawings for another of my favorite Disney films, “Sleeping Beauty.” The pieces were as amazing as any fine piece of art and every scene is carefully archived for future generations. These films would look so very, very different if they were produced today and that’s one of the reasons I love them so.
Buy the film and enjoy it for all the pageantry and beauty it is and worry about the social aspects later.