Walt Disney’s 1950 Cinderella Is A Masterpiece Combining Live Action and Animation

“Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures.

“Based on the fairy taleCendrillon” by Charles Perrault, it is twelfth in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and was released on February 15, 1950. Directing credits go to Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wilfred Jackson. Songs were written by Mack David, Jerry Livingston, and Al Hoffman. Songs in the film include “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes“, “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo“, “So This Is Love”, “Sing Sweet Nightingale”, “The Work Song”, and “Cinderella”.

“At the time, Walt Disney Productions had suffered from losing connections to the European film markets due to the outbreak of World War II, enduring some box office disasters like Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Bambi, all of which would later become more successful with several re-releases in theaters and on home video. At the time though, the studio was over $4 million in debt and was on the verge of bankruptcy. Walt Disney and his animators turned back to feature film production in 1948 after producing a string of package films with the idea of adapting Charles Perrault‘s Cendrillon into a motion picture. After two years in production Cinderella was finally released on February 15, 1950. It turned out to be the greatest critical and commercial hit for the studio since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and helped reverse the studio’s fortunes. It is considered one of the best American animated films ever made, as selected by the American Film Institute. It received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Music, Original Song for “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo“.” Wikipedia

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About jackikellum

Jacki Kellum is a Fine Artist, a Designer, and also a writer. For one of her graduate programs, she wrote her thesis on William Blake. Like Blake, much of Kellum's work is about childhood and lost innocence. Also like Blake, Kellum strives to both write and illustrate her work. .
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