By Beth Deitchman
The magic did not come to an end when the clock struck 12 last night.
Disney’s animated 1950 classic Cinderella was officially inducted into the National Film Registry in December 2018, and what better way to celebrate than with a VIP ball? In a very special event, The Walt Disney Studios and the Library of Congress celebrated the iconic film, which taught us to “have faith in your dreams.” D23 Members joined the guests, which included members of Congress, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and other local luminaries, enjoyed a screening of the film before they dashed off to the ball.
The guest of honor herself made a grand entrance at the top of the Library of Congress stairs, casting her own enchanting spell over the event, and Mary Walsh, managing director of the Animation Research Library at Walt Disney Animation Studios, formally accepted the film’s official certificate of induction into the National Film Registry from Dr. Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress. Cinderella is one of only 750 film titles to join this prestigious list of films that are determined to be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and recommended for preservation.
Throughout the special event, Cinderella mingled with guests, all dressed in their royal best, from the youngest princesses and princesses to Disneybounders who looked to the princess to inspire their own stylish evening attire.
Gus and Jaq must have been waiting for Cinderella back at home, but there was no shortage of glass slippers, ensuring a fairy-tale ending for all in attendance.
Nearly 70 years after its release, the film continues to delight and inspire fans of all ages. You can experience the timeless story again with Cinderella: Anniversary Edition, available now on Digital and Movies Anywhere and coming to Blu-ray on June 25.