This original sheet music for “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” from Walt Disney’s 1950 animated film Cinderella, features the signature and inscription of Prince Charming himself, Mr. William Phipps.
This copy, published a few months before the film’s release, was actually one of the first pieces of music released by the Walt Disney Music Company, a subsidiary of the studio founded in October 1949.
The song itself, often regarded as not only one of the favorites of the film (along with Academy-Award-nominated “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”), but as a top pick in the whole of the Disney catalog, was written by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston, and originally sung by Ilene Woods, the voice of Cinderella. Phipps references the song’s title and lyrics in his front-cover inscription.
The actor, who starred in many early sci-fi and western films, assumed the title of Disney’s most oft-referenced Prince after being personally offered the role by Walt himself. After hitchhiking his way to Hollywood at the age of twenty-one, he went on to enjoy a six-decade career of film and television work. His memorable voice-acting performance in the studio’s twelfth animated feature would help to make the film one of the highest regarded of all Disney features, and usher in what critics dub the Silver Age of Disney Animation.