Inspired by Disney’s live action movie, "Cinderella", Thomas Kinkade Studios portrays the climactic scene when Ella races to leave the palace before her Fairy Godmother’s magic disappears at midnight. Ella loses one of her glass slippers as the Prince chases after her - a clue that will help him later find the love of his life. Clock Strikes Midnight captures the rich hues of the castle and moonlit sky, the beauty of Ella’s magical dress, and the brilliance of the golden carriage that awaits her.
The story of "Cinderella" is a timeless and universal tale of romance and self-discovery. It explores the importance of inner beauty in the assessment of personal worth and proclaims the power of true love to overcome all obstacles no matter how large and daunting they may seem. The folklore of the hidden princess magically discovered by her true prince has been told for hundreds of years in countries throughout the world as geographically and culturally diverse as Malaysia and Germany. The beauty of the fable and the importance of its message have also made it a constant in the list of favorite stories told and enjoyed by those spinning yarns in our own country. To be sure, Thom loved the original "Cinderella" as much as any and would speak of it fondly when reminiscing of story-times spent with his own beautiful daughters. Their laughter and delight at his telling would shine in his own eyes as he reveled in their obvious enchantment.
We at the Thomas Kinkade Studios are excited to continue in this storytelling tradition, bringing to life the latest Disney retelling of this classic story in the form of four paintings; each capturing in oil the joy of first love, the wonderment of fairy magic and the excitement of romantic adventure. Whether you are enjoying the encounter with the dashing stranger in the woods, the depiction of Cinderella's enchanted transformation, her flight from discovery at the King's ball or her time in love with the prince of her dreams, all of these masterworks in color and light will dazzle your eye and speak to your heart. It is our hope that this latest interpretation of "Cinderella" be a gift not only to all "princesses" but also to all those who love them.