Sunday, March 11, 2012
Night and Day It’s “Cinderella”
Disney’s Twelfth Animated Feature – 1950
The 1950s were a magical decade for Disney. The studio produced a slate of memorable, winning films including Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Lady and the Tramp, book-ended by two iconic princesses: Cinderella in 1950 and Sleeping Beauty in 1959. Some decades you can do no wrong.
Bambi. Artist Mary Blair—who joined Disney in 1940—is responsible for the concept art for Cinderella. That’s a series of illustrations that drive the overall look and color story of an animated film. Blair is responsible for the studio’s shift to a more modern, streamlined animation style. Walt Disney referred to Mary Blair as his favorite artist and considering the talent surrounding Disney, that’s no small compliment.
Snow White. The wicked but beautiful Queen in Snow White taught a subtler lesson: don’t judge a book by its cover. Oh well, nobody (and no story’s) perfect.