That’s always been my favorite part. (That and the Goofy yell when the king and the duke fall off the chandelier.)
Before Cinderella was released, Disney wasn’t doing so hot. The studio was millions of dollars in debt and hadn’t had a real hit since do hit since its Snow White movie back in the 1930s.
Additionally, World War II had forced Disney to produce a string of cheaper “packaged” films rather than full-length animated features. Cinderella was the first feature-length film the studio had produced in years, and it saved Disney’s bacon. (Literally. Walt had three pounds of bacon in the icebox that would have been neglected and spoiled had this movie failed.)
One interesting fact about this movie is that minus the prologue that sums up Cinderella’s tough life as a child, the movie takes place in just one 24-hour period from her daybreak “bird bath” to the next morning when the duke comes by with the glass slipper. So really this movie is just like an episode of 24 where Jack Bauer is actually a mouse, and the prince with no name is the shady character you can never trust. (Bonus: The king is the insane terrorist that can’t be reasoned with.)
As far as voices go, I found it interesting that Verna Felton, the fairy godmother, was also the head fairy in Sleeping Beauty—not to mention the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, Aunt Sarah in Lady and the Tramp, and the mom elephants in Jungle Book and Dumbo.
And if you want to be creeped out, then you might like to know that Eleanor Audley, the voice of the stepmother, was also the voice of Maleficent.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: If you’re ever looking for someone to marry, perhaps someone to help raise your daughter, I suggest you avoid people who name their pets after Satan.
The lesson is not to daydream and make wishes and one day your fairy godmother will hand you your dreams at no cost. The lesson is that we do the best we can in the circumstances we’ve been allotted and things will work out. There are such things as happy endings in real life.
Granted, this movie does not show the disagreements Cinderella and the prince later have over where to squeeze the toothpaste or how pushy his dad is about having more grandchildren, but such discussions are part of happy endings because they help couples grow together.
As Gerrit W. Gong explained, “Happy marriages are not the result of two perfect people saying vows. Rather, devotion and love grow as two imperfect people build, bless, help, encourage, and forgive along the way.”
So regardless of your current circumstances, never stop striving for your happy ending, because it is in striving itself that we find real happiness.
“I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.” — 2 Corinthians 7:4