During Disney's lifetime, nineteen animated features were produced before his demise in 1966. Now, take in mind, for each second of animation there's an average of 24-30 frames, and with these films running a little over an hour, this means there were over 1,000 frames in each picture. So, with this copious selection, which animated sequence was his favorite?
Surely, being cultivated from talented and extraordinary animators it must have been something epic, bold or eloquent, right? Well, you'll be surprised to learn it's actually idle and graceful.
In the behind the scenes feature for Cinderella, it was revealed by Marc Davis (the animator of this scene) that this was clip was Disney's favorite. Davis himself (modestly) said it wasn't anything spectacular. Yet, noted the implications behind Walt's choice speaking volumes.
Now, Disney buffs are familiar with Walt's humble background, yet for newcomers or for those who don't have a clue, he grew up on a farm and his family was impecunious. So, with no resources or connections, he had to start from the bottom to achieve his goals. Working as a paper boy and newspaper/commercial cartoonist before starting an animation studio (eventually Walt Disney Studio) with his brother Roy after his former company "Newman Laugh-O-Gram Studio" went bankrupt.
So, the story of Cinderella hit pretty close to home. A maiden working rigorously day after day, meeting daily disappointment and setbacks. Yet, a dream of a better life kept her chin up and moving on. And when it all seemed hopeless and lost, (such as when Disney was facing possible debt and another studio closure during the production of Snow White) her fairy godmother arrived and made her the bell of the ball. Just as Disney's "godmother" (an investor) previewed Snow White (Disney's folly, as it was known by Hollywood due to its high overbudget costs) ,and told him he had to make the film and backed him up financially. And at its premiere he, like Cinderella was no doubt the talk of the night.
So, seeing Cindy being transformed from rags to (aesthetically) riches must have resonated profoundly with Walt. Maybe, even serving as an out of body stimulation of his own experiences. It's phenomenal to think that Disney's achievements inspired his company's unofficial message, that dreams do come true.