Her story’s the one about the shoe, right? Something about the clock striking midnight and a pumpkin coach driven by mice? So, it’s been a few years since you last sat cross-legged in front of the TV to watch the 1950 Disney classic, “Cinderella.” In case you’ve missed all the repeated airings on ABC Family, these fast facts about the iconic second Disney princess will jog your memory so you'll be prepped for the new 2015 live-action version, starring Lily James, opening in theaters this weekend:
1. The live-action version will (hopefully) settle the hair debate once and for all. Actress Lily James sports bright blond hair in comparison to her original animated counterpart’s “burnt orange,” which would technically make her the first Disney princess to rock ginger locks. However, since the movie was released, marketing efforts and theme park appearances have solidified Cinderella as a dye-hard yellow-blonde. The next princesses with a ginger manes wouldn’t appear until Ariel in 1989's "The Little Mermaid" followed by Princess Merida in Pixar’s “Brave."
2. Can’t remember the prince’s name? Don’t worry, that wasn’t a part of the story you forgot. It’s because he doesn’t have a name. He’s not even mentioned as “Prince Charming” in the movie. Technically, that would eventually make him the “King formerly known as Prince Charming.”
3. The animated sequence of Cinderella’s regal transformation was one of Walt Disney’s favorites. Drawn by Marc Davis, one of the studio's original “Nine Old Men,” the memorable scene of the fairy godmother’s “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” dress rescue was often cited by Walt Disney as one of his favorite moments from his team of animators. That’s a high compliment, considering the legendary “Nine Old Men” of Disney were handpicked by the man himself and were part of Disney productions from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” to “The Rescuers.” The group even brought their talents to design a few of the most iconic theme park rides in Disney World and Disneyland, including “The Haunted Mansion” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
4. Cinderella is not royal. Well, not until she marries the prince. There wouldn’t be another new Disney princess to make the leap from housework to the crown until Belle in the 1991 hit “Beauty and the Beast.”
5. Cinderella loses her shoe more than once. In a kind of foreshadowing, she loses her slipper when delivering breakfast to her spoiled step-family. Then, of course, in the scene that's burned into our collective memories, the glass slipper is lost as she runs down the stairs leaving the ball as the clock strikes twelve. On the day of the wedding, she loses her slipper once again. (She might want to invest in some shoes with laces.)
6. The evil stepmother’s voice has haunted your childhood for good reason. Eleanor Audley was a popular voice actress for Disney Studio, lending her talent for the next princess film, “Sleeping Beauty.” Disney vacationers may also recognize her sinister tone on the Haunted Mansion ride: She voices Madame Leota.
7. Disney fairy-tale adaptations aren’t the most faithful to the source story. This may come as a shock, but the original “The Little Mermaid” doesn’t have a happy ending and there were more than a few creative liberties taken with Mulan and Pocahontas that depart from their real-life inspirations. Likewise, in the original, Cinderella lacks her trademark smudges of ash from cleaning the evil stepmother’s home. Her French name, Cendrillon, translates to “little ash girl,” but she’s pretty squeaky-clean in her servant’s clothes. Also in the original Grimm Brothers’ version, she’s not so nice to her stepsisters -- she orders her bird friends to poke their eyes out at the end.
Bonus: Lily James' waistline is all hers, haters. "Cinderella" fans will remember that the animated original had quite the petite frame. To recreate the svelt silhouette, costumers put live-action actress Lily James in an "unpleasant" corset to achieve the illusion. "Cinderella" director Kenneth Branaugh defended his star in a recent interview and confirmed James had used a corset to create the shape.
The new “Cinderella” adaptation hits theaters March 13.