Illustration: K. Y. Craft
“Most animation artists agree that Cinderella remains one of the finest examples of storytelling and story adaptation in the history of The Walt Disney Studios.” Solomon, A Wish Your Heart Makes, p. 35.
“As Bill Peet noted, everyone in the audience nows how the story will end, before the film ever begins. But it’s presented with such skill and imagination that the viewer remains uncertain and excited.” Solomon, A Wish Your Heart Makes, p. 35.
Speaking about the 1950 Disney Cinderella:
” ‘ I knew the story even when I was little, but I was still on the edge of my seat because they upped the suspense, ‘ says Brenda Chapman. ‘When the stepmother walks up those stairs, locks her [Cinderella] in, then walks down, you think, ‘Oh, my God, that’s not supposed to happen!’ That was a new twist to the story. The inventiveness they showed putting extra things in the story to add suspense was brilliant.’ ” Solomon, A Wish Your Heart Makes, p. 35.
“Up director Pete Docter adds, ‘The way they balance storytelling and great character moments in ways that further the plot is really inspiring. A lot of modern films go relentlessly from one plot point to the next. These artists knew they needed a simple story they could build [p. 35] upon with these great entertaining bits. It has this wonderful sense of rhythm and forward momentum, and it just accelerates so wonderfully.’ ” Solomon, A Wish Your Heart Makes, p. 35, p. 40.