The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey Mouse to Hercules
The beautiful Cinderella.
Walt Disney Character Description of Cinderella from "Cinderella" (1950)
The character of Cinderella was posed in live action by Helene Stanley who, to jugde by stills of her performance, was even more beautiful than the screen Cinderella - although she was brunette rather than blonde. In a 1982 interview with Kur Wiley, Marc Davis, largely responsible for animating Cinderella, compared the character with another of his "creations", Cruella De Vil:
"I think that Cinderella would have to be the more difficult because she has to be the substance that carries the story all the way through. She has
to be believable, she has
to be real, and she has to be [someone] that you can feel sympathy for. Storytelling characters like these are rather thankless characters to do because... they don't get laughs
! When you do something in animation and the whole audience laughs at one time at something you've done, it is a tremendous thrill."
Many of the central characters in Disney's features are essentially cyphers - things things happen - but Cinderella is an exeption. She is by no means a weak-willed character content to let events flow on around her: on the contrary, when the invitation to the ball arrives she uses everything short of physical force to persuade her stepmother and stepsisters that she has every right to attend. Snow White would never have had the strength of character to stick up for herself in this way, but Cinderella does. It is for this reason perhaps more than any other that she is the most memorable of the Disney heroines.