Sunday, February 12, 2012
4343. Prince Charming
Prince Charming is the love interest of Cinderella in the 1950 film Cinderella and its sequels. Prince Charming's biggest role in the Cinderella franchise is in A Twist in Time. He was voiced by William Phipps in the first film and is currently voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes.
In earlier drafts of the screenplay, the Prince originally played a larger role and had more character development than what he ultimately received in the final version of the film. In one abandoned opening, the Prince was shown hunting a deer, but at the end of the sequence, it was to be revealed that the Prince and the deer were actually friends playing a game. In an abandoned alternate ending, after the Duke discovered Cinderella's identity, she was shown being brought to the castle to be reintroduced to the Prince, who is surprised to learn that Cinderella was actually a modest servant girl instead of the princess he thought she was, but the Prince's feelings for her were too strong to be bothered by this and he embraced her.
Prince Charming was actually given a true personality in the franchises final installment. The prince enjoys sword fighting with his father and ballroom dances. He showed he has a comical side and appears to be madly in love with Cinderella willing to jump right out the castle window to rescue and propose to her. His love for Cinderella is extremely powerful being able to free him from Lady Tremaine's curse once he began to remember Cinderella more and more after believing Anastasia is the one he danced with at the ball. The prince once said all he wants is true love.
Not only is the name of the Prince ever revealed, he is nowhere in the film mentioned as "Prince Charming". His name was mentioned only in merchandise and, more recently, Kingdom Hearts and Prince Charming's Regal Carousel
The Prince is the first to sing the love song with the heroine followed by Prince Philip with Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.
He is the first prince to be featured in a wedding celebration. The second is Prince Eric with Ariel, and the third is Prince Naveen with Tiana.
The prince is also the first to dance with the heroine, with Prince Philip from Sleeping Beauty being the second.
Unlike the prince in Snow White, he is the first to have a bit more dialogue.
The prince is also the first to live in a castle which is a feature location in the film, with Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid being the second and Beast (Prince Adam) from Beauty and the beast being the third.
He is also the first to be featured sharing almost more than one kiss with the heroine. Instead it is Prince Philip who first shares more than one kiss with the heroine.
The Prince is the first of three to feature his father. Prince Phillip is the second and Prince Naveen is the third.
As with Cinderella, the prince's hair color has been lightened from its original black to a brown shade in mechandise depictions that have him alongside cinderella.