“Among the minor characters, the king sets much of the plot in motion by holding a ball and inviting every eligible woman in the kingdom to attend.
“He’s hoping one of the girls will atract his son so he’ll propose, marry, and start provideing the grandchildren he desires. …
” ‘ I really love the Duke and the King and, most of all, the lackey,’ says Pruikama. ‘The lackey is a wonderfulcharacter Ollie Johnson animated; in the hands of a lesser artist, he could have been a throwaway. But he’s absolutely woderful in the way he runs around.
” ‘He’s very officious and is always getting into position and getting kicked in the face. It’s remarkable animation for a character that would probably have gotten short shrift today.’ …
” … concludes Bird. ‘I don’t feel they every topped setting up the expectations of the King, with the sequence where he’s imaging having grandchildren–
‘and the Grand Duke has to say that Cinderella got away.
‘It’s a fantastic scene, and it’s completelly the invention of the Disney story artists. It’s a genuine scene.’ ” Solomon, A Wish Your Heart Makes, p. 73.