The Fairy Godmother
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey Mouse to Hercules by
John Grant

Walt Disney Character Description of The Fairy Godmother from "Cinderella" (1950)

The absentminded Fairy Godmother - she even mislays her magic wand from time to time - was not universally approved: some critics found her too saccharine. Thomas A. Nelson, who has written one of the best overall critiques of the movie and its characters, remarks that her "jovial and absent-minded good nature comes off as a bit too sticky, that extra helping of the cute and charming which irratates rather than entertains". Most audiences found her dumpy good humour and eccentricity great fun - she would have been far less effective had she been cast as a fairy like Pinocchio's pristine and ethereally beautiful Blue Fairy for example.
With her hooded cloak, her dimpled face and her shock of white hair, the Fairy Godmother is everybody's idea of their favorite grandmother, and her absentmindedness adds to this impression - as does her voice, brilliantly supplied by Verna Felton, whose only earlier work for Disney had been one of the elephants in Dumbo. Certainly she is Cinderella's dream grandmother, if viewed through the eyes of a child: grandparents can always do the things that parents cannot, and the Fairy Godmother is no exception.
The Fairy Godmother listened sympathetically to Cinderella's tale of woe after the girl's dress had been shredded by the stepsisters.