As much as the classic Disney movies have their reputation for Disney Princess movies, it actually took the studio 12 animated features to release their second (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was their first animated feature ever). That second princess movie, Cinderella, is the first to be released in the 1950’s and the first post WW2 movie that isn’t a packaged film. Going into Cinderella’s release, Disney was in serious debt, and if Cinderella failed, Walt Disney would have likely closed shop permanently. With a $3 million dollar budget, a lot was on the line for this one.
Not only was Cinderella a success, but it was a massive one. Combined with its soundtrack sales, Cinderella completely got the studio out of debt, gave Walt Disney enough money to start his own distribution company and funded several ongoing movie projects, both animated and live action. Including its several re-releases, it’s earned more than $260 million. Not bad for a 1950 release. It also received three Academy Award nominations (Best Musical Score, Best Original Song and Best Sound Recording).
That said, as an adult man who didn’t enjoy Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, how does Cinderella stand up?