Walt Disney's Cinderella debuted in movie theaters on June 22, 1950. Happy Birthday, Cinderelly! What a good excuse to throw a party. Nobody attends a party quite like Cinderella.
Like so many Disney movies, Cinderella begins with a book.
In this case, the book is the Disney Catalog. Most of the items shown here were sold between 1989 and 2005.
So how do the Cinderella characters stack up against the test of time? Quite well! Cinderella is one of Disney's most popular movies.
The wooden Cinderella nesting dolls look like they are based on artist Mary Blair's concept artwork for the film.
Poor Cinderella had to work for her wicked Stepmother.
Cinderella shared a house with some animal friends and a one animal foe. A cat as a Disney villain? I know that is difficult to imagine.
Cindy dreamed of a better life. SPOILER ALERT: She got one.
Lonely Cinderella had some bird and mice friends to help her out and provide wacky comic relief and shenanigans.
Gus, Jaq, Perla and Suzy are among Disney's most popular mice.
Many women would scream and run if mice popped out of their sewing kit, but not our Cindy.
The mice and birds work hard to make a dress for Cinderelly.
If Cinderella had worn this dress to the ball, would she have offered up the fact to people that her dress was made by vermin?
The mice did a nice job.
What about the birds? Their work was a little spotty. White spotty. And kinda runny.
Cinderella loves her dress. Hooray!
Uh-oh! The Ugly Stepsisters don't like this one bit. They shrink Cinderella's dress in the dryer. Or something like that. I haven't seen the movie in a while, so I can't remember what happens here exactly.
Luckily, Cinderella is in a Disney movie, and has magic on her side.
With a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, Cinderella gets an extreme makeover.
The dress made by rats? Gone.
Cinderella digs her new gown. Since Cinderella is a sweet lady, she equally loves her rodent-made dress.
Accordingly, Cindy spins around multiple times in her evening wear.
Cinderella can go to the Ball after all! Cindy is told not to accept any apples at the party (just in case).
Cinderella is warned that the magic will wear off at midnight.
Cinderella's Coach and Drivers are made up of magical produce and farm animals.
Cindy has a gourd-jus ride: A Pumpkin carriage.
A few of Cinderella's animals (including Gus the mouse) are transformed into humans for the night.
In addition to the Carriage, Cinderella gets some glass slippers to wear.
Glass slippers? Has anyone ever tried putting a mason jar on their feet? It's not comfy.
Cinderella is all dolled up for the party.
Midnight Romance Cinderella looks like she could be at a prom in the 1960s. Cindy was very much ahead of her time.
Cinderella meets the Prince and they dance.
The Prince and Cinderella are drawn to each other. They were drawn using a pencil. Boy, I sure do miss seeing new hand-drawn Disney animated features.
The Prince sweeps Cinderella off her feet.
Cinderella enjoys time away from her life of endless cleaning and putting up with her horrible family members.
As Cindy dances, she daydreams about life with the Prince.
She can't wait to hang out with other Princesses, like Sleeping Beauty.
Uh-oh! Cinderella, it's time to exit the building.
The Party is over, and the Prince goes on a search for the mystery woman with the glass slipper.
Back at the Wicked Stepmother's house, things look bad for Cindy. She gets locked up while an attempt is made to pawn off the Ugly Stepsisters on the Prince.
The mice are up against the cat, who ends up falling out of a window (but he lands on his feet off screen, and appears in two Cinderella sequels).
The mice help Cindy get her shoe back.
The mice get Cinderella her glass slipper just in time!
The shoe fits, Cinderella. Wear it.
Sorry b**ches, Cindy wins and you lose.
Cinderella gets the handsome Prince.
Cinderella also gets money and prizes.
Cindy can't wait to move in to her new house.
Cinderella even brought the mice with her. Cindy's final chore for her Stepmother was pest control.
So Cinderella gets a storybook ending.
Cinderella lives happily ever after. But the story does not end there.
Once Cinderella got married, she did not just sit around the castle. Cindy started getting involved in Weddings in a big way.
The Wicked Stepmother is nothing compared to some of the Bridezillas that Cinderella has encountered in her new Wedding Planning Business.
Cindy and her wacky Bridesmaids know how to have fun before a wedding, too.
Here we see Lifeguard Seducin' Pool Party Ariel, Slumber Party Tickle Fight Sleeping Beauty, Wedding Night Fun Cinderella and Gardener Needs Tendin' Tink.
The Bachelorette Party Tarzan and Jane Wild Adventure set includes stacks of tiny dollar bills.
Cinderella has thought of everything for her big weddings.
Cinderella insists that you throw birdseed and not rice at her events.
Cindy accessories will make anyone look like royalty.
Cindy tries not to upstage her clients, but sometimes it just happens.
Cinderella appreciates nice things.
Cinderella does not yet have a set of dishes, but she is working with Belle from Beauty and the Beast on those.
Make your house classy with a pumpkin carriage clock and Cinderella candles.
Funny story about this photo: Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast was off camera hitting on the Cinderella candlestick.
Cinderella even has an extensive collection of items newlyweds can enjoy in the bedroom. Like pillowcases. What did you think I meant? Get your mind out of the gutter.
Men will know they are whipped when they are sleeping on Princess Cinderella bedding.
The current voice of Cinderella is the multi-talented Jennifer Hale, who I recently learned used to live in Birmingham, Alabama (where I grew up). Actor Rob Paulsen (who has voiced Jaq the mouse, among many other famous characters) recently interviewed Jennifer on his podcast. Go check it out at RobPaulsenLive.com.
Look, it's a bottle of Cinderella perfume. Don't you dare call her "Mrs. Butterworth."
Because Cinderella is a busy woman, she set up her own office at home.
I gotta say, that tape dispenser is very clever.
Cinderella also has items that can be used in the kitchen.
Funny story about this photo: Off camera, Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast was flirting with the Prince.
Cinderella can cook a tasty breakfast. She had practice serving her Wicked Stepmother. When she serves her guests in her castle, Cinderella never "accidentally" spills coffee in anyone's lap like she might have with her stepsisters and stepmother.
When you finish using all the perfume in the Cinderella Perfume Bottle, you can fill it with syrup and use it when you make Cindy Waffles.
Cinderella loves living in a castle.
You can visit Cinderella Castle for yourself at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida and at Tokyo Disneyland in Japan.
Really, why would you want to walk around wearing shoes made out of glass? Isn't that like wearing sandpaper underpants?
Cinderella quickly developed a taste for the finer things in life.
Cindy can even be found on a stained glass lamp.
The Genie's lamp is not the only lamp that Aladdin would like to rub.
Ironically, Cinderella has an affection for clocks and watches.
People who live in crystal castles should not throw stones. Or forget to wear clothing.
For Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary, Cinderella Castle was transformed into a giant Birthday Cake.
Barbie hopes to meet Tarzan while she is on vacation at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Fantasyland at Walt Disney World will soon have something close to a Parade of Castle Homes Tour.
Castles from Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid are now in Cinderella's neighborhood, which is very exciting.
Cinderella, you should never leave Fantasyland. Your Wicked Stepmother would never tell you this, but if you lived in the real world, there's a good chance that your handsome Prince could turn into a lazy, fat slob. He'd spend his days passing gas and his nights needing the help of a special blue pill. The mice in your kitchen wouldn't make you a dress, but they'd leave you presents you did not want all over your house.
Keep living the Fantasy, Cindy!
Frontierland, August 1979
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