Cinderella (Disney character)
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|First appearance||Cinderella (1950)|
|Last appearance||Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007)|
|Created by||Charles Perrault
|Voiced by||Ilene Woods (original film)
Jennifer Hale (speaking, sequels/merchandise)
Tami Tappan (singing, sequels)
Susan Stevens Logan (singing, studio)
Karen Strassman (in Mickey Mouse short films)
|Aliases||Cinderelly (by mice)|
|Family||Unnamed father (deceased)
Unnamed mother (deceased)
Lady Tremaine (stepmother)
Drizella Tremaine (older stepsister)
Anastasia Tremaine (younger stepsister)
The King (father-in-law)
Prince Charming's mother (mother-in-law, deceased)
The Fairy Godmother
Cinderella is a fictional main character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 12th animated feature film Cinderella (1950). The character subsequently appears in the film's two direct-to-video sequels Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002) and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007). In the original film, Cinderella is voiced by American singer and actress Ilene Woods. For the sequels and subsequent film and television appearances, Woods was replaced by American actresses Jennifer Hale and Tami Tappan, who provide the character's speaking and singing voices respectively.
Cinderella has garnered a mixed to positive reception from critics, though their reaction has grown more positive over the years.
The character was animated by Marc Davis and Eric Larson, but the two animators did not have the same perception of the character, accentuating the elegance of Davis and Larson's opting for simplicity. As done with other Disney films, Walt Disney hired actress Helene Stanley to perform the live-action reference for Cinderella, that she before artists began sketching, playing the role of Cinderella in a particular scene, and artists to draw animated frames based on the movements of the actress. She later did the same kind of work for the characters of Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and Anita Radcliff in 101 Dalmatians.
According to Christopher Finch, author of The Art of Walt Disney:
|“||Disney insisted that all scenes involving human characters should be shot first in live-action to determine that they would work before the expensive business of animation was permitted to start. The animators did not like this way of working, feeling it detracted from their ability to create character. However, they understood the necessity for this approach in retrospect and acknowledged that Disney had handled things with considerable subtlety.||”|
About 400 contestants auditioned for the role of Cinderella. But of them all, Walt Disney chose Ilene Woods, who at the time worked on the radio and did not know anything about the audition for the role of Cinderella. But one day, her colleagues Mack David and Jerry Livingston asked her to sing a song from the Cinderella, and she agreed. Then, without saying a word to her, friends Ilene transferred to the office of film Disney. After listening to the material, Walt Disney decided immediately that he had found the voice with which to speak and sing its main character, and contacted Ilene.
Cinderella is 19 years old with shoulder-length strawberry-blonde hair (often worn in an updo), blue eyes and a fair complexion. She is made a servant in her own home and is constantly tormented by her evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine, and two stepsisters. Despite being shy and romantic, she maintains hope through her dreams and always waits for her prince to come. She is hopeful that someday her wishes of happiness will come true. When her evil stepsisters and stepmother prevent her from going to a royal ball for the prince, she is unhappy and fears that her dreams will never come true. However, her Fairy Godmother appears, restoring Cinderella's hope. Cinderella is generally shown wearing her shimmering silver-blue ball gown with a glittering puffed overskirt and cap sleeves. Her accessories are silver-blue opera gloves, a silver-blue headband, a black choker, diamond earrings and glass slippers.
At the start of the film Cinderella is working as a scullery maid, domestic servant and, for the most part, slave in her own home for her cruel stepmother, Lady Tremaine, and two stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella. Her only friends are the birds and the mice who also live in the manor, including Gus and Jaq.
She prepares breakfast for the animals, then for her family, and finally begins her regular chores. An invitation to the ball arrives at the door and Cinderella desperately wants to go. Her stepmother tells her she may under the condition that she finish her chores and find something suitable to wear. Cinderella discovers her deceased mother's old party dress and hopes to fix it so it looks more modern, but she is too busy to do so. Meanwhile, the mice see shadows of Cinderella's stepsisters throwing down their old sash and beads, so Jaq and Gus quietly retrieve them. The mice use the unwanted items to spice up the dress. Later, Cinderella fears she will not be done working in time and not be able to attend the ball, but her friends reveal the updated dress. Cinderella is overjoyed and thanks her friends. She races down the steps just in time, but her stepsisters recognize their discarded items and accuse her of stealing the sash and beads. They tear the dress to shreds and Cinderella runs out to the garden, kneels with her face buried on a bench weeping.
Her Fairy Godmother appears to make her dreams come true and transforms her torn clothing into a beautiful ball gown. Before Cinderella leaves, her godmother warns her that the spell will be broken at midnight.
At the ball, Cinderella dances with Prince Charming and they immediately fall in love with each other. As twelve o'clock approaches, she hurries to leave, hoping to avoid the spell breaking at the ball, which would result in getting caught by her stepmother or stepsisters. In her haste, she losses one of her glass slippers on the staircase, but she knows there isn't time to retrieve it. Cinderella hurries into her coach as it prepares to leave. The spell breaks and Cinderella is in rags once more before reminiscing her dance with the prince and thanking her godmother for all she's done for her. The next day, the prince announces he will marry the woman whose foot fits into the glass slipper. Lady Tremaine hears Cinderella humming the same song that had played at the ball and figures out Cinderella was the girl Prince Charming fell in love with. Cinderella is locked in the tower by her stepmother, who doesn't want her to have the opportunity to try on the slipper, but her animal friends help her escape. She hurries downstairs to try on the glass slipper, but it breaks before she can try it on. Cinderella reveals that she has kept the other slipper. She tries it on, making a perfect fit. She and the Prince are married soon after.
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
Gus and Jaq, with help of the other mice, and, of course, the Fairy Godmother, set off to make a new book to narrate what happens after the ending of the previous story by stringing three segments of stories together, resulting in three individual stories: "Aim to Please", "Tall Tail", and "An Uncommon Romance". In the first story, Cinderella and Prince Charming return home and a party begins shortly afterward. In "Tall Tail", Cinderella works on planning to build up a festival. The mouse named Jaq in the previous film has become a human named Sir Hugh. In the third story, "An Uncommon Romance", Cinderella helps her younger stepsister Anastasia reconcile with the baker. Near the end of the film, she reads the book that the mice made for her.
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
Cinderella and Prince Charming are celebrating their anniversary. Unfortunately, Lady Tremaine gets a hold of the Fairy Godmother's wand and uses her ill-acquired powers to reverse time, sending Cinderella back into the events of the first film. This time, however, the story is changed when new situations arise: the slipper is modified to fit Anastasia's foot and she, rather than Cinderella, is promised to Prince Charming. Cinderella, with the aide of the mice, sets out to restore her place as the prince's bride and finally bring her stepmother to justice once and for all, although she is unaware of the time reversal: Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, and the Fairy Godmother are the only ones who are aware of it.
Sofia the First
Cinderella appears in Sofia the First, where she helps Sofia make friends with Amber, her stepsister.
In other media
Cinderella appears as one of the Disney Princesses of Heart in the Kingdom Hearts series, captured by Maleficent, who destroyed her world. The main character, Sora, rescues Cinderella, as well as the other Princesses, and she returns home. She is only mentioned in the sequel, Kingdom Hearts II. Her story prior to being captured takes place prominently with her home world, Castle of Dreams, in the prequel, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep; she mets Ventus, who she mistakes for a mouse despite the obvious fact he's not, Aqua and Terra. In the Final Mix version of the game, her world is seen in the Realm of Darkness at the climax, Maleficent having destroyed it and captured her.
Cinderella is one of the official members of the Disney Princess franchise, appearing in several related video games, albums and other merchandise. Cinderella appears as one of the Disney Princesses in the manga, Kilala Princess.
The Cinderella Castle is an attraction at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Both serve as globally recognized icons for their respective theme parks. Cinderella and the other Disney Princesses have a meet and greet attraction called Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom.
Reception and legacy
Cinderella has garnered a varied but generally positive response from critics. Initial reception towards the character was rather mixed, with commentators criticizing her personality and characterization. Variety felt that the character was uninteresting, describing her as "colorless" and "doll-faced". Similarly, Empire wrote that Cinderella was "bland", comparing her negatively to Belle from Beauty and the Beast (1991), who the reviewer felt was a more interesting heroine. Ed Perkis of Cinema Blend wrote that the film could have benefited from having Cinderella written to be "a bit more assertive in her own story".
Over the years, reviews began to grow more positive. Comparing Cinderella to Disney Princesses Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Aurora from Sleeping Beauty (1959), Entertainment Weekly's Chris Willman jokingly wrote that while Cinderella is "no feminist icon, she is the one vintage Disney princess who stays awake through the last act." TV Guide praised the character, writing that Cinderella "seems timeless in her courage and resourcefulness". The reviewer also wrote that the character is "a closer cousin to Belle in...Beauty and the Beast than to other fairytale protagonists." Charles Solomon of the Los Angeles Times said that Ilene Woods's voice gave the character warmth and it helped, "create a heroine you liked instantly."
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