Mary Blair concept art for Walt Disney’s "Cinderella" (1950)
It is well worth your time to stop and look at window displays at Disneyland. I’ve probably mentioned that before. They stay the same for a while, but they are full of details and cuteness. On our last visit, I noticed this window display in Fantasyland. It is right by the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique*.
I haven’t seen Cinderella in a while, but this display showing the little mice hard at work on Cinderella’s dress immediately brought to mind the tune of Cinderelly. Aren’t you glad I put that song in your head? Spools of thread and scissors are strewn across the display, and the edges of the pattern book are even nicely aged. Disney does it right
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LIVE ACTION vs. FINAL ANIMATION
We all know that in the golden years, as reference for animation, there were live action characters to study movement, posing, lighting, etc. It is all about filling the frame with proportions and personality. Here are some examples for some films, comparing a photostat wit the actor’s performance and the result, showing how greatly they influenced the animators.
Love how they just used a Mickey Mouse plush to reference Michael in the Peter Pan shot.
Many of these actors were favorites and were hired for various characters, like Helene Stanley who was a live action reference for Cinderella and Anastasia Tremaine (Cinderella), Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and Anita Radcliffe (101 Dalmatians) or Kathryn Beaumont who was for Alice (Alice in Wonderland) and Wendy Darling (Peter Pan) as seen above.
French album cover for Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” story and songbook featuring Catherine Deneuve as the narrator - c. 1980s
"Now for a name. I’ve got one! Octavius. But for short, we’ll call you Gus."
- Cinderella (1950)