“Impossible” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997)
Now I know this isn’t the Disney film most people think of when they hear “Cinderella”, but it is a Disney production nonetheless, and that is incredibly important. It premiered on ABC as a made-for-TV film and became the #1 show of the week with over 60 million viewers. It was nominated for several Emmy’s and won for Outstanding Art Direction (for a Variety or Music Program).
But what makes Cinderella truly special is its ethnically-diverse cast. The film stars African-American singer Brandi is its titular role, and Whitney Houston, its producer, as her Fairy Godmother. Paolo Montalban is a Prince born to a black Queen (Whoopi Goldberg) and a white King (Victor Garber). Thanks to its color-blind cast, Cinderella has proved to millions of children and even adults that fairytales can still be magical, no matter what the prince and princess look like.
I STILL can’t find this movie on DVD. At one point, I really wanted lyrics from this song as a tattoo (That may still happen, I dunno). Cinderella was never my favorite tale from the Brothers Grimm or Disney, but this version made me fall in love.