CINDERLLA is getting some work done and it’s gonna be 4K. The 1950 animated classic has been restored and upgraded for a 4K release that will be coming to Disney+ on August 25.

This all-new restoration of this beloved film represents the first time that the film will be available to stream in 4K, and it is the culmination of a multi-year effort involving the Walt Disney Studios Restoration and Preservation team, working closely with key players from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Disney promises this version of the film restores it to its original grandeur, –authentic to the artistic ambitions of the original creative team.

The cherished animated feature was restored by scanning the original nitrate negatives from the Library of Congress in 4K, removing dirt and artifacts, and using the latest restoration tools to produce a sharper and higher quality image.

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Disney also relied on input from seasoned Disney artists and animation experts including Michael Giaimo and Eric Goldberg. Working together with Dorothy McKim (special projects and 2D animation producer for Walt Disney Animation Studios), and Bob Bagley (digital imaging manager for Disney Animation), the team was able to restore and preserve the rich colors, contrast, and accuracy of the original cels and artwork.

Eric Goldberg gushed about the process and “getting back to Cinderella having dusty blonde hair and a silver dress.”

The restored film had its festival premiere earlier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it had won a Golden Bear Award 52 years earlier in its international debut.

See it for Yourself

CINDERELLA, restored in 4K glory, will be available on Disney+ on August 25, 2023.