Let’s Pretend, created and directed by Nila Mack (1891-1953), was a long-run CBS radio series for children. Mack’s Let’s Pretend began March 24, 1934, running for two decades before the final show on October 23, 1954. Adaptations included classics and fairy tales.The series received numerous awards, including two Peabody Awards, a Women’s National Radio Committee Award and five Radio Daily Awards.In 1970 Telegeneral adapted these stories on vinyl records.
Cinderella – The twelve dancing princesses.
Cinderella is a fictional character and is the main protagonist from Disney’s twelfth animated film Cinderella (1950) and its two sequels. In the original film she is voiced by the late Ilene Woods. The Disney version of the character was based on the French version of the tale by Charles Perrault, written in 1634 in Histoires ou Contes du Temps Passé. She is also the second official Disney Princess and the first one with burnt orange (later changed to blonde in the franchise) hair.
Cinderella is a beautiful seventeen year old girl with shoulder-length, bouncy light burnt orange hair done in a French twist as seen with her iconic gown. Her eyes are a lovely shade of blue almost azure and she has rosy pink lips. Her small feet are ideal to her famous glass slippers, of which the famous character she is based on is most well-known for.
Cinderella is made a servant in her own home and is constantly derided by her evil stepmother Lady Tremaine and two stepsisters. Although she is shy and romantic, she maintains hope through her dreams and always waits for her prince to come. She is hopeful to the idea that someday her wishes of happiness will come true. When her evil stepsisters and stepmother prevent her from going to the ball, she is unhappy and fears that her dreams will never come true. However, her Fairy Godmother appears and restores hope. In her childhood, she hardly went to play with other children because of her dreams about the Prince. She adores the mice and birds as her friends. She tries to help her little friends, and they love her dearly.
Cinderella is strong-willed and determined; when the invitation to the royal ball arrives, she does everything she can to persuade her stepmother that she has every right to attend. She is presented in the film as a sympathetic heroine; well-meaning, hard-working, kind and positive.
In Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, her determination is put to the test as she goes through all odds to prove to her Prince that she’s his true love. In this film she’s seen in a very empowering role and finally learns that if you want a dream to come true, you have to help make it come true.
“The Twelve Dancing Princesses” (or “The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes” or “The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces”) is a German fairy tale originally published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812 in Kinder- und Hausmärchen as tale number 133. Its closest analogue is the Scottish Kate Crackernuts, where it is a prince who is obliged to dance every night.
Charles Deulin collected another, French version in his Contes du Roi Cambinus (1874), which he credited to the Grimm version. Alexander Afanasyev collected a Russian variant, “The Secret Ball”, in Narodnye russkie skazki.It was retold in Walter de la Mare’s Told Again and Tales Told Again and in Robin McKinley’s The Door in the Hedge.