#12: Cinderella

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# 12: BCDB List of Disney Animated Films

It took twelve years for Dis­ney to finally return to the Princess story, the type of film that would be the bread and but­ter of the com­pany from Feb­ru­ary 15, 1950 for­ward… that is, the day Cin­derella was first released.

It was with Cin­derella that the Dis­ney Com­pany found it’s niche. At the same time, the ani­ma­tors were at the top of their game. It all came together here– cute songs (includ­ing Acad­emy Award Nom­i­nee “Bibbidy-Bobbidi-Boo”), cute ani­mal side-kicks, evil step-mother, magic, romance and a hand­some prince.

Dis­ney seems to have pro­gressed to a more beau­ti­ful color palette here, too… away from the dreary col­ors of films like The Adven­tures Of Ich­a­bod And Mis­ter Toad. The films also have a hefty dose of humor.… but they are not all light and airy. Dis­ney is not afraid of com­plex, deep emo­tions, and is will­ing to scare it’s audi­ence just as eas­ily as tick­ling them.

Cin­derella is a ground­break­ing film for Dis­ney for no other rea­son than this set the road-map for suc­cess for the stu­dio for the next sixty years, and, dare I say it, beyond.

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