• 3 June 2020

Disney Classics with French Roots (Part One)

Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Aristocats, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Ratatouille… all ae Disney classics with a French connection! Our Disneyland Paris Ambassadors take us on a journey to see how several of these beloved stories were influenced by France and its culture over the years.

Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Aristocats, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Ratatouille… all ae Disney classics with a French connection! Our Disneyland Paris Ambassadors take us on a journey to see how several of these beloved stories were influenced by France and its culture over the years.

Cinderella

The inspiration for Cinderella (1950) dates back French author Charles Perrault’s 1697 fairytale Cendrillon ou la Petite Pantoufle de verre (Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper), which tells the story of an orphan girl, her wicked stepmother and stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella. Destined to spend her life as a house servant, Cinderella’s future changes when she meets Prince Charming, and her search for a happy ending succeeds with the help of loyal animal friends – Jaq and Gus – and Fairy Godmother.

Did you know that in 1922, Walt Disney and his Laugh-O-gram Films had already produced an animated short cartoon inspired by this fairytale, also called Cinderella? At Disneyland Paris, this masterpiece is represented in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park by our restaurant Auberge de Cendrillon, as well as a themed suite in the Castle Club of Disneyland Hotel.

Sleeping Beauty

The inspiration for Sleeping Beauty (1959) comes from another Charles Perrault story published in 1697 with the same name, La Belle au Bois Dormant, where Princess Aurora falls in a deep sleep after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel.

At Disneyland Paris, we have many references to this famous Disney classic. The most obvious is, of course, Sleeping Beauty Castle at the heart of Disneyland Park. If you go up the stone steps inside the Castle, you can also re-live this fairytale thanks to La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant. The Presidential Suite in the Castle Club at Disneyland Hotel is also called Sleeping Beauty Suite, and you can admire its balcony from several spots inside Disneyland Park!

The Aristocats

Set in Paris, The Aristocats (1970) was the first feature-length animated cartoon completed without Walt Disney. It tells the story of an eccentric millionaire, Madame Bonfamille, who lives by herself surrounded by her beloved kittens Marie, Berlioz and Tolouse, and their mother Duchess. When butler Edgar Balthazar tries to get rid of the family of felines to inherit the fortune of Madame Bonfamille, they end up in the Parisian streets by themselves and discover an adventurous, bohemian way of life.

Watch out next week for our next article to discover French influences for more Disney classics!

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Once_Upon_A_Mouse

Great lover of the Disney universe, I live my passion throughout the year since I work listening to ED92radio and I go to Disneyland Paris several times a year. I also had the chance to visit American Disney parks and to go on vacation with Mickey several times on board the Disney Cruise Line boats. So it was only natural that I wanted to join the ED92 team as a blog editor in February 2020, to share with you my experience and my passion for this magical universe.

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