Trivia In Film: Walt Disney’s Cinderella

Trivia In Film: Cinderella

Walt Disney’s 1950 animated film Cinderella has become a classic Disney film and is still loved by both children and adults today. The film’s success was instrumental to the future of the Walt Disney Company. Cinderella was so successful that the castle from the classic film can now be found as the centerpiece for multiple Disney parks around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the trivia from this beloved film:

  • Over 300 girls had their sights set on the role of Cinderella. Ilene Woods, who you may know as the voice of Cinderella, was not one of them. At the request of  some friends, she recorded demos of the film’s songs. Unbeknownst to Woods, these recordings were then delivered to Walt Disney. She did not know she had auditioned for the part until Disney contacted her.
  • The film cost nearly $3,000,000 to produce and was therefore a rather large risk for the company. Had Cinderella not been a success, the Disney studio would have been forced to shut down.
  • The main story of Cinderella takes place within 24 hours.
  • As you know, Cinderella is famous for losing her shoe. She actually loses her shoe three times throughout the film – when she delivers the breakfast tray, when she runs from the ball, and when she walks down the stairs with her new husband.
  • You may have noticed a name for Cinderella’s prince is not mentioned in the film, but he is also never referred to as “Prince Charming” in the film.
  • At Walt Disney’s suggestion, Lucifer was modeled after animator Ward Kimball’s cat.
  • Cinderella was the first Disney film on which all nine of Walt’s Nine Old Men worked.
  • Walt Disney’s favorite piece of animation was the scene in which Cinderella’s torn dress transforms into the beautiful ballgown.
  • Cinderella marked the first time Walt Disney used Tin Pan Alley songwriters to write songs for one of his films.
  • Look closely at the carriage Cinderella and her prince ride away in at the end of the film. You will find an image of a sword with two hidden Mickeys around it.

Do you know any other trivia about Walt Disney’s Cinderella? If so, we would love to hear it in the comments below!

Photo credit: Tom Simpson / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.

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