“Curiously, the least interesting character in the film is the object of so much attention from the others: Prince Charming. The origin of his name is uncertain.
“Charles Perrault refers to the character simply as le fils du roi (the king’s son).
Blue Bird Play 1908
“The hero of ‘L’oiseau blue’ (‘The Blue Bird’) by the eighteenth century writer Madame de d’Aulnoy is le roi charmant (the charming king), which was turned into King Charming in Andrew Lang’s ‘The Blue Fairy Book (1889).
“The first mention of Prince Charming seems to occur in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890).
“In Disney’s Snow White, the title character says, ‘Anyone could see the prince was charming, the only one for me.’ Solomon, A Wish Your Heart Makes, p.70
Prince Charming, Snow White
“Regardless of the etymology, the character [Cinderella Prince Charming] has only a few scenes, ‘The Studio doesn’t seem to have been interested in the princes then,’ commets Deja. Realistic male characters proved even more difficult to animate than females. If the character moved too gracefully, he looked effete; too stiffly, he appeared wooden. Eric Larson later complained that his animation of Prince Charming was too stiff. It wasn’t until Sleeping Beauty in 1959 that Milt Kahl managed to make a male heroic character, Prince Phillip, masculine, flexible, and alive.” Solomon, A Wish Your Heart Makes, p.71.
Sleeping Beauty Prince
Cinderella and Prince Charming