Dear Reader, I have a mission for you.
There’s something that’s been bugging me for a few years. The inexplicable phenomena that is the color of Cinderella’s dress.
First, ask yourself the question. What color is Cinderella’s dress?
If you’re the average Disney fan who hasn’t seen the movie for a while but walked by the merchandise in the Disney Store in the mall the other day, or remembers the princess from the parks, TV shows, etc, your answer will be…
It’s true. All Cinderella dolls wear a blue dress. The actors in the parks wear blue dresses. In the sequels and Disney Jr TV shows her dress is blue. It’s blue, right?
Take a look at this clip from the actual movie.
I don’t know about you, but that looks silver to me. Silver laced with magical fairy flecks. Like Fairy Dust Silver. You don’t find that on the swatches too often.
The argument could be made for a very light blue…but it’s a stretch. I will say that on the color scale it is definitely closer to silver than the sky blue you see on your niece’s halloween costume.
Why does this bug me? Well, partially because I’m a strange person. Partially because I don’t understand why the Disney Merchandising Department got together and decided to change the color of Cinderella’s dress and mess with the psyche of Disney viewers everywhere. But mostly because, well, the silver dress is way prettier. Look how it sparkles! This is a dress made by a fairy’s magic and will certainly ensnare a handsome prince.
So why the switcharoo? Did some doll designer just really like blue? Was there some big conspiratorial meeting in the halls of a studio in Burbank where they decided they wanted to pull one over on the public?
I actually kind of want that to be true.
But my guess is that the actual sparkly silver color of the dress is harder to replicate en masse than a simple solid color. White seems too…well, wedding dress-y. Besides, that was her dress at the end when she marries the prince. Little girls want color. So they went with blue. And it’s pretty, I like blue.
But just once, I want Cinderella to come out of her castle in Orlando wearing that classic, sparkling silver dress. I know it’s probably hard to replicate, that dress is magical! But that’s what you do, Disney. Make it happen.
But they can’t do that. Because then their cover would be blown. Wait…her dress is silver!? What else haven’t you told me!?
So let’s blow their cover for them. Spread the word, dear reader! That is my mission for you. Tell the world: Cinderella’s dress is a lie!
We can do this, people. We have the technology. Twitter, facebook, google+, Twilight Bark, screaming in public places, we can tell everyone!
Together, we can bring back the sparkly!