On the 15th of February we commemorate the anniversary of the debut of Walt Disney’s 12th animated feature film in 1950, Cinderella. This enchanting tale tells us the story of the sweet Cinderella, who although mistreated by her evil stepmother and stepsisters, receives the magic of her Fairy Godmother that allows her to meet and fall in love with Prince Charming.
According to Disney history, Walt Disney admitted to Ilene Woods, the voice actress for Cinderella, that this young princess was his favorite of the Disney heroines. Walt claimed that there was something about Cinderella’s story that he could associate with. Not surprising, since Walt himself experienced a sort of rags-to-riches experience with his own story, as he risked everything to make his dreams come true!
It is fitting then, that Walt’s favorite scene from all his animated feature films is the one in which the Fairy Godmother transforms Cinderella’s torn pink gown into the gorgeous, iconic blue gown that she wears to the ball. Understandably so, as the magic swirls that frame the beautiful Cinderella are nothing short of breathtaking!
In the film, Cinderella’s step sisters, Anastasia and Drizella, wear magenta and green clothing, respectively, all throughout the film. This includes their night dresses and ball gowns. The only exception is the very first scene in which young Drizella is wearing a yellow dress as she stands next to her mother and sister. Story has it that these colors reflect their equally terrible attitudes towards Cinderella’s grace, beauty, and elegance—Anastasia being “red with rage” and Drizella being “green with envy.”
Disney Cast Members were sure to keep this in mind during the construction of Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World. In the gorgeous mosaics that line the interior walls of the castle and illustrate the story of Cinderella, the evil stepsisters are depicted in subtle shades of green and red. Look closely in the images below for this exquisite attention to detail!
It is no secret that throughout the course of The Walt Disney Company’s history, Cast Members have kept the Magic of Disney alive by placing “Hidden Mickeys” in all things Disney. From the parks’ architecture to animated films, artfully inserted Mickey silhouettes add even more fun and excitement to the Disney experience. Cinderella was no exception to this rule! There are several Hidden Mickeys in the film… do any of you know where they are?
Tell me where the Hidden Mickeys in Cinderella are placed in the comments section below! Time to test your Disney eye!
Wishing you all a safe weekend of magical dreams,
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