By: Alex Phuong (Two Beers) –
The Walt Disney Studio went through hard times amidst the chaos of World War II. Even with that struggle, Disney was determined to continue the legacy of his studio that came to fruition after creating his first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937). Since he found success by producing an animated fairy tale, Disney thought that he could achieve a similar accomplishment by returning to his roots. Disney was right because the release of Cinderella in 1950 essentially saved the Disney Studio from financial hardship. The film itself is a very enchanting motion picture based on one of the most iconic stories ever told.
The animation for this film is absolutely spectacular. All of the human characters look very believable given the sheer realism of their movements. Part of the reason for this was because around 90% of the film was shot in live-action, and then the animators used that footage to assist them with their work. This film also features Walt Disney’s favorite piece of animation, which is the part in which the fairy godmother magically creates Cinderella’s beautiful ball gown. Lady Tremaine (Cinderella’s stepmother) is also deliciously evil, and a great Disney villain. Given the success of this character, it is no wonder that Disney would choose Eleanor Audley to also play Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty (1959). These great qualities are among the many reasons why Disney films like Cinderella are timeless masterpieces.
Even with the greatness of this film, its Academy Award nomination for the “Best Original Song” entitled “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” is a bit questionable. Some people might argue that such a nomination is a bit ludicrous because the song itself consists of mostly gibberish. Even with that minor issue, the music overall is very beautiful, and the film’s nomination for “Best Original Score” is well-deserved. The fact that this film is a musical makes it even more enchanting.
Walt Disney knew that the magic of fairy tales would allow his studio to continue his dream of producing great entertainment. Cinderella was the starting point for a lot of great Disney films produced throughout the 1950s, including Peter Pan (1953) and Lady and the Tramp (1955). Some film historians would argue that if Cinderella flopped at the box office, then the Disney Studio would cease to exist. It is almost as if the fairy godmother had cast her spell to ensure that the Disney legacy would live on long after the success of the fair Snow White!
Cinderella (1950) Drinking Game
Take a Drink: every time Lucifer (the cat) chases the mice around
Take a Drink: every time the stepmother and stepsisters (Lady Tremaine, Drizella, and Anastasia) behave spitefully
Drink a Shot: for all of the bubbles during the song “Sing Sweet Nightingale”
Have a Drink: every time Cinderella cleans anything (and be sure to clean your cup after enjoying your drink!)
But Be Sure to Finish your Drink: before the clock strikes 12!