1950 Cinderella Was Most Magical of Disney’s Animated Films – Fairy Godmother


“One of the most magical moments in Cinderella–and the entire canon of Disney aimation–occurs when the Fairy Godmother appears to change the humble pumpkin into an elegant coach (that still retains the curving lines of the pumpkin) and the tattered remains of Cinderella’s dress into a shimmering silver ball gown.” Solomon, A Wish Your Heart Makes, p. 48








” ‘Like all of Walt Disney’s films, Cinderella has a moment where you want ot jump and down in your seat with excitement,’ adds John Lasseter enthusiastically.


‘After all she’s been through, wanting to go to this ball, her stepsisters ripping apart the gown that her animal friends made, she’s left all by herself.   The Fairy Godmother shows up and sing, “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.” She’s off to the ball and you’re thinking, “Yayayayay, Cinderella!”  You’re just so happy for her.’

“The Disney artists portrayed the Fairy Godmother not as the elegant spirit depicted by many illustrators, but as an endearing, if slightly addled, [p. 48] matron.  This interpretation gave them the chance to introduce great character interaction and comedy:  Cinderella eagerly awaits the transformation of her ragis into a lovely dress, while the Fairy Godmother ignores her to take care of the coach, driver, and horses. …

“The Fairy Godmother was animated by Milt Kahl, who was usually given the princes and other straight human figures because of his exceptional draftsmanship.  He gave the character little sideways glances and small hand gestures that emphasize both her warmth and confusion.”  Solomon, A Wish Your Heart Makes, pgs. 48 – 49.

“Brad Bird found the treatment of the Fairy Godmother’s magic intriguing.   ‘There was an effortlessness to wthe way they depicted magic that made it feel both exotic and very familiar at the same time.  It was a big influence on me,’ he adds.  ‘The Fiary Godmother starts to work with the want.  No pixie dust is flowing for it, so she has to slap it against her palm in order to get the magic flowing.  The mundane aspect of it being clogged intersecting with someting as fanciful as a magic wand is wonderful to me.’ …

” ‘The wand is one of the earliest examples of where they took somehting very exotic andmade it very everyday–which only made it more impressive and believable.’ “


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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