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Patrick Doyle Talks Cinderella (2015)

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Patrick Doyle talks Cinderella (2015)

In 2015 Cinderella became the latest Disney animated film to undergo the live-action remake treatment and the results were….okay (depending on who you ask). The biggest change between the 1950 original and this version is that the latter is not a musical (which I think is a real shame).

Unlike Maleficent, which told the Sleeping Beauty story from the perspective of the titular character, Cinderella basically retold the story straight (with various changes here and there, but nothing too extreme). And as beautiful as it looked in the previews, I couldn’t bring myself to watch it, as I grew up watching the animated film. Also, no offense, but Cate Blanchett has NOTHING on Eleanor Audley when it comes to playing Lady Tremaine (I watched a few clips to get an idea of the film).

One bright spot is Patrick Doyle’s score, created with an emphasis on romance. Doyle frequently collaborates with director Kenneth Branagh (including Hamlet and Thor) and the resulting music was well-received by critics. Doyle briefly mentions the score in a red carpet interview I was able to find for the film’s premiere (available in the link above). Doyle enjoyed creating the music for this film and described it as being “very eclectic.”

Unfortunately it is a very short interview, but I hope you enjoy it (if anyone can point me to a longer interview regarding this film, I will happily add it) 🙂

I’m glad everyone is enjoying Disturbing Disney so far; I just wanted to let you know that the next installment will come next week. Right now the university is on spring break and I’m working extra hours so I don’t have a lot of time to work on that series right now (that’s why I’ve been doing smaller posts thus far).

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Cinderella: Part 2 (1950)

Now at the end of part 1 we saw that the mice and birds during their “Work Song” had made a beautiful dress for Cinderella to wear to the ball. Now the moment to leave has arrived and Cinderella believes Lady Tremaine is going to stick to her promise of letting her go to the ball. What follows is my least favorite scene in all of Disney (because I can imagine all too well what it would feel like to be Cinderella as her mother’s dress is ripped to shreds.) I’m including it though because it’s a direct lead-in to one of the cutest Disney songs ever written.

Cinderella “The Dress Tearing Scene”

Poor Cinderella has finally reached her breaking point and just when she is on the verge of giving up all hope, *POOF* here is her Fairy Godmother! And with the power of magic, Cinderella will be able to go to the ball after all! Listening to this song brings back all the good memories of childhood. The melody practically bounces from one note to the next, this is because the primary melody is a string of triplets (groups of three notes, see the number three under or above each group, that signifies a triplet.) Also, it’s really fun to try and say the nonsense words!

Of course, with any bit of magic, there is always a catch: the spell that created her carriage, her dress and everything else, will break at the last stroke of midnight “and all will be as it was before.” Essentially, the Fairy Godmother is giving Cinderella her one chance to make her dreams come true, so she needs to make the most of it.

Cinderella “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”

In her new carriage, Cinderella finally arrives at the castle where the ball is already underway. The Prince stands at the head of a receiving line where every single maiden is being presented to him. Cinderella (in her sparkling Christian Dior-inspired dress, no seriously!!) arrives and attracts the attention of everyone, particularly the Prince, who brushes right by Cinderella’s stepsisters and asks her for a dance. This leads to “So This is Love” also known as “The Cinderella Waltz.” Unlike Snow White’s songs, Cinderella isn’t exactly singing while she dances, the words reflect her thoughts as she dances with the man of her dreams. While this love scene goes on, several things happen at once. The King orders the Grand Duke to give the couple some privacy (as he is desperate to see his son married) and Lady Tremaine becomes suspicious about who this mysterious young lady is. But before she can get a closer look, the Grand Duke shuts the curtain and doesn’t let her get any closer to the pair.

Cinderella “So this is Love” (1950)

In terms of tone (and placement in the film), “So This is Love” is Cinderella’s equivalent to “Someday My Prince Will Come.” Both are waltzes, and both come not long before the climax of the story. The song ends and the couple is clearly in love, but just as things are getting interesting, the clock begins to strike midnight! This is the part that always confused me. If they are truly in love (and the Prince may marry any eligible maiden he chooses), what does it matter if the spell breaks and Cinderella’s dress goes away? Nevertheless, all films must have that dramatic moment so as the clock chimes Cinderella flees in her coach, closely pursued by the palace guards. But just as she reaches the house, the clock chimes midnight, the carriage breaks apart, and Cinderella is left in rags once more, but she still retains a single glass slipper (the other was left behind on the palace steps). This leads the King to instigate a kingdom-wide search: the maiden whose foot can wear the glass slipper will be the Prince’s bride. Back at the Tremaine house, Cinderella is still half in dream-land over her night with the Prince, but her step-family doesn’t suspect that she was there (not yet anyway). When Lady Tremaine announces to her stepdaughters that a messenger from the Prince is coming, Cinderella drops her tray in shock. Then, as she picks up the dishes and heads back to the kitchen, she absentmindedly begins to hum the tune from the waltz last night. Recognizing it, Lady Tremaine realizes that somehow, Cinderella was that girl at the ball last night!
Determined to make one of her daughters the future Queen, Lady Tremaine locks Cinderella in her room and, when that ultimately fails, trips the footman so that the glass slipper shatters. But then Lady Tremaine is in for a shock: Cinderella has the other slipper!
So Cinderella gets her happily ever after despite her evil stepmother! The last shot we see is of Cinderella and the Prince sharing a kiss as the carriage rides off (with a choral refrain of “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.”)
I know this one was shorter than Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but next time I will be looking at Sleeping Beauty. I hope you enjoyed reading about Cinderella and please feel free to leave a comment (or two!)
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Cinderella: Part 1 (1950)

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A lot has happened since Walt Disney released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to worldwide acclaim. World War II has come and gone, along with a string of several flops at the box office. Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940) and Bambi (1942), beloved though they may be today, all failed to generate a profit when they first opened in theaters. Heavily in debt, Disney agreed to produce another animated feature film, this time using the classic fairy tale Cendrillon by Charles Perrault as the inspiration. Begun in 1948 and released in 1950, Cinderella was hailed as the greatest animated film since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and is widely considered to be one of the greatest animated films ever made.

The future princess was voiced by singer Ilene Woods. She had become friends with songwriters Mack David and Jerry Livingston, and one day they called her over to record demo tracks for three songs: “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” “A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes,” and “So This Is Love.” When Disney heard the recordings, he hired Woods immediately to voice Cinderella, choosing her over 300 other girls who had auditioned.

Cinderella in the prologue of the movie

Like Snow White before her, Cinderella (as the story proper opens) is living life under the whim of her brutal stepmother Lady Tremaine and her mean stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella. They also have a devious black cat named Lucifer, who is always trying to catch the mice that are Cinderella’s friends and helpers. While her stepfamily enjoys a luxurious life, Cinderella is forced to do all the chores in her own home. It’s during this time that she rescues a new mouse from Lucifer and names him Gus.

Left to right: Lady Tremanie, Drizella, Anastasia
Cinderella sings to Gus and the others about how important dreams are, that “dreams are wishes your heart makes.” This is how Cinderella goes through life. You can see the opening of the song in the music below. Compare the opening of this song to any song that Snow White sings and you’ll see the difference. Whereas Snow White was a high soprano (Adriana Caselotti was an opera singer later in life), Cinderella’s vocal range is closer to that of a contralto (lower than a soprano, but still with a fairly wide range of notes). Keep in mind that over a decade has passed since Snow White was released, and musical styles have changed greatly since then.
Later in the day, Anastasia and Drizella are taking music lessons from their mother and we are “treated” to the sound of Drizella’s…..talents….followed in contrast by Cinderella’s take on the same melody. This song is special because in it, Walt Disney pioneered the use of double tracked vocals (years before the Beatles did the same thing). A double tracked vocal is when you record an artist singing a song, then record it again and have the artist sing in harmony with the first recording. Ilene Woods did this at least four times, to create a four part harmony with her own voice, and the results are spectacular.

Cinderella “Sing Sweet Nightingale”

Of course the message Cinderella gets is the one announcing a royal ball where “every eligible maiden is to attend” so that the Prince may select a bride. This does include Cinderella and Lady Tremaine knows that perfectly well. However, as she herself says “IF Cinderella can finish all the chores, get her sisters ready AND have a suitable dress to wear, THEN she may indeed come with them.” The key word in that entire sentence, is IF (as a kid it took me years to understand that Lady Tremaine never intended for Cinderella to come with them at all.) The mice, hearing the stepsisters and Lady Tremaine keeping Cinderella busy by running all over the house, are furious and decide to work on the dress so that she can go to the ball in spite of her stepfamily. This leads to “The Work Song.” I personally love this song, especially the opening part where Jaq is imitating the nagging voices of the family.

Cinderella “The Work Song”

Of course, to finish the dress, the mice may have…borrowed…a few things that Anastasia and Drizella threw away (particularly a necklace and a sash (the ribbon that ties around the waist)). What will her stepsisters think of this? You’ll have to read part 2 to find out!

*Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella_(1950_film)
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