Cinderella: The Girl with Golden Hair
Based on the classic fairy tale, Al Hoffman, Mack David, and Jerry Livingston wrote inspiring songs for this Disney movie that resonate to this day, and unknown young actress Ilene Woods perfectly captures the attitude and spirit of the beautiful fairy tale Cinderella who defies the odds and becomes a princess.
|Lady Tremaine has things for Cinderella to do.|
Dancing the night away...
|"A Kiss for Cinderella" (1925), adapted from a play by J.M. Barrie.|
The hand-drawn animation was superb, not yet subject to the cost-cutting of the xerographic process used in the 1960s onward. Walk into any store featuring Disney items and you will see the original Cinderella, drawn in iconic and eternal good taste in the style laid down by Blair and Disney himself.
|Lucifer was the first of many snarky Disney cats.|
|The fairy godmother measuring Cinderella.|
|Isn't she lovely?|
While they play, Cinderella slaves away in the house, cooking and cleaning without complaining. When an invitation to the King's (Luis Van Rooten) Ball arrives, at which the eligible young prince (un-named in the film, but he is called Prince Charming in the fairy tale and is voiced by Mike Douglas, who later became the famous talk show host) will be present.
Cinderella works and works to earn an invitation, but her wicked step-mother, fearful of the competition for her daughters, reneges on her promise to allow Cinderella to attend with the other girls. Not only that, she maliciously destroys the dazzling gown that Cinderella would have worn just to make sure.
Cinderella becomes distraught, but her Fairy Godmother (Verna Felton) appears and creates an elegant carriage out of the mice and some other items. The prince sees Cinderella and falls in love with her, to the dismay of her step-sisters and Lady Tremaine, but the poor girl has to hurry home before midnight when the spell that allowed her to attend the Ball is due to expire. All the running girl leaves behind is a glass slipper. The prince, enchanted, then embarks on a furious search with the slipper as a guide to finding his true love.
|The prince is enchanted with Cinderella.|
|Hurrying down the step, watch out for that slipper!|
|The magic slipper.|
|Everything ends happily ever after.|