Created on the golden cusp of the golden age Disney Productions of the 1940s and less critically acclaimed animations of the 1950s Cinderella was a prominent representation of both periods. It was the 12th film in the Disney animated series produced in 1950. Cinderella was also the first full bodied film produced by Walt Disney Films since Bambi in 1942.
Unlike the majority of Disney films where removals prevail significantly over additions, in Cinderella everything is just the opposite. According to the directing animator of the movie, Marc Davis, 90 percent of the film was designed in the live action model before animation.
In the film, the main character which is a young girl is reduced to being a servant by her cruel stepmother and her two stepsisters Drizella and Anastasia who gave her the nickname Cinderella. Among the other Cinderella characters is the girl's fairy godmother that helps Cinderella get to the royal ball and win the heart of the young prince.
Transformed, the beautiful Cinderella enters the royal ball and attracts the attention of the young prince who on sight falls in love with her. However, at the first stoke of midnight, the spell comes to an end and Cinderella is forced to leave the palace. Fleeting, she leaves behind one of her glass slippers which is used by the prince uses to find her. With the help of her bird friends, Cinderella is discovered by the prince to live in palace to live happily ever after.
Some versions of the story don't mention the fairy godmother as one of the Cinderella characters emphasizing that the girl got her beautiful dress from the tree growing over her mother's grave. Represented sometimes as a bird, Cinderella's mother is a supernatural force that helps her find her prince.
All Cinderella characters are true to life because they represent both sides of good and evil in human nature. The main character, Cinderella, proves to be a strong willed girl, which makes her one of the most popular Disney heroines. When the film came out in 1950, it was a great success with the audience and it was regarded as the biggest hit since the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This led to many new releases of Cinderella in theatres
In 2005, it was released on DVD and it managed to sell 2.5 million copies in the first week alone earning more than $64 million. Like any other Disney cartoon characters that formed popular productions, Cinderella characters have been used for some collectable products. Each year such widely respected companies like Swarovski and Llardo that produce collectibles for Disney. It should be mention though that certain illustrations and cartoons existed long before Disney. Through a series of plates with the cartoon cat Katero from Henry Souter's cartoon was produced by Royal Dolton in 1905. Earlier in 1900 depicted the Gibson Girls by Charles Dana Gibson. In 1952, one of the most famous cartoon characters merchandisers, Berwick started producing Disney's Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters.