Princess Tea Party

Princess Tea Party

Princess Tea Party

Princess Tea Party

Princess Tea Party

Princess Tea Party

It was 65 years ago today when Disney released the movie Cinderella.

The movie was based on the fairy tales “Cendrillon” by Charles Perrault and “Aschenputtel” by Brothers Grimm. Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper, is a European folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression. Written versions were published by Giambattista Basile in his Pentamerone (1634), by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé (1697), and by the Brothers Grimm in their folk tale collection Grimms’ Fairy Tales (1812). In the Brothers Grimm version, help comes not from a fairy-godmother (as in Cendrillon and then the Disney version) but the wishing tree that grows on her mother’s grave. The wishing tree appears in the Into the Woods musical fantasy film.

Facts you may not know about Disney’s Cinderella:

*Cinderella was the 12th animated feature film released by the Walt Disney Studios.

*The film first opened in America on 15 February 1950 after three years in production.

*Unknown to actress and singer Ilene Woods, her demo recordings of songs from the film were sent to Walt Disney, who chose her from more nearly 400 hopefuls to be the voice of the title character.

*It’s said that Walt Disney regarded the transformation of Cinderella’s torn dress into a shimmering gown fit for a Disney Princess as his favourite piece of animation.

*The film was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Music, Best Song (Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo) and Best Sound Recording. It turned out to be the greatest critical and commercial hit for the studio since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

I know we normally have the movie playing 🙂 but not this time. The DVD of Cinderella is far too expensive! Seriously… The movie was followed by two direct-to-video sequels: Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002) and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007), DVDs also expensive! So the girls have to entertain themselves. Doesn’t appear to be a problem… 🙂

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A live-action remake of the same name directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James (best known as Lady Rose MacClare in the period drama Downton Abbey) as Cinderella, Richard Madden (best known as Robb Stark in Games of Thrones) as Prince Charming (or Prince Henri in France), Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother is scheduled to be released on March 13 this year.

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