9 things you didn't know about Disney's Cinderella


By Stacy Conradt | 1:35pm EST
She looks good for her age, but Cinderella — at least, the Disney Cinderella — is 63 years old. Though she's just a few years away from full retirement age, the housemaid-turned-princess doesn't seem to be slowing down, especially if my toddler's taste in movies (and clothing, decor, dolls and toys) is any indication. Here are a handful of facts you may not know about the classic princess flick.

1. A song called "Dancing on a Cloud" was cut from the movie. You can hear it here:


2. A dream sequence reminiscent of The Sorcerer's Apprentice — Cinderella imagines multiple Cindys attacking the chore list — was storyboarded but ultimately didn't make it. You can see stills of the storyboards and hear the song below, though it's a new recording. The original was lost.


3. Cinderella herself, Ilene Woods, revealed in this interview that Walt Disney was probably the first person to use double tracked vocals, where the singer records herself singing both the melody and the harmonies. The vocals were then mixed together, creating a seamless effect.


4. The moment when the Fairy Godmother transforms Cinderella's torn dress into a beautiful gown fit for a princess is said to be Walt Disney's favorite piece of animation ever. It was drawn by Marc Davis, one of Disney's Nine Old Men.

5. Mike Douglas, as in The Mike Douglas Show, was Prince Charming's singing voice. The speaking voice, however, was provided by actor William Phipps.

6. If some of the Disney women from the 50s and 60s look similarly graceful and lanky, there's a reason for it: Helene Stanley, the live-action model for Cinderella, was also the live-action model for Princess Aurora and Anita in 101 Dalmatians. Here she is doing her "Once Upon a Dream" thing for Sleeping Beauty.


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