Hey Femm readers. Who here is a fan of Cinderella? Well, did you guys know this year marks Walt Disney’s 68th anniversary to the cartoon classic? Disney created their own version of the Charles Perrault Cinderella story back in 1950. Cinderella has been told and written by many different authors and countries around the world. In fact, the story has been retold and rewritten over three hundred times and still counting. It has been a film over a hundred times as well. The most recent of course would be the Disney live-action remake. Cinderella was the 12th Disney animated feature film and was directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, and Wilfred Jackson. The film’s songs were done by Mack David, Jerry Livingston, and Al Hoffman.
Because of World War II the company had lost ties with its European audience and film market. They were also $4 million dollars in debt with their box office bombs Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Bambi; films that would later become a success as re-releases in theaters. Cinderella was done by Walt’s group of animators known as the Nine Old Men, some of Disney’s original animators that helped to create Snow White. It took the team two years to create their cartoon version of Perrault’s Cendrillon. It was released in theaters on February 15th, 1950. The film became Disney’s biggest hit since Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and helped to bring Disney out of the hole.
Everyone loves the beloved classic and had been thrilled with the news of the remake. The remake itself came out 65 years after the original and lasted thirty-one minutes longer than the cartoon. There are even more differences between the classic and the remake. In the remake, we got a longer introduction about what happened to Ella’s mother, father, and how her father married the step-mother in the first place and why. Not to mention the Prince gets a longer and more detailed role in the remake as well as the King. I bet ya’ll don’t know this, but according to Disney wiki, the Prince’s real name from the cartoon was going to be Henry vs the live-action Kit. Whether you prefer the cartoon, the original, both, or a completely different version of the story there’s no doubt that Cinderella is a definitive tale. ‘til next time Femm heads.