Cinderella is an absolute Disney classic; the animated film was released in 1950 and immediately stole the heart of every little girl who watched. Big girls also fell in love with the idea of finding Prince Charming and living happily ever after. Enthusiasts of the fairy tale can easily find a name that fits their new puppy and pays homage to the fantasy of Cinderella. No matter the shape or size of your new pup, there is a fun or even creative name that is inspired by the original Cinderella, its sequels or the spin-offs of the original film to fit him.
Cinderella Dog Names in Pop Culture
When you think of the Disney classic Cinderella you probably remember the sweetness of Cinderella, the wickedness of Lady Tremaine and her daughters, and the classic love story that blossomed between Cinderella and her Prince Charming. A beautiful story with a myriad of supporting characters lent a whimsical feel to storytelling. One such character is Bruno, the lovable Bloodhound that was given as a gift to Cinderella when she was younger by her father. After Cinderella’s father died, Bruno and Cinderella had to grow into adulthood under the harshness of Lady Tremaine, the evil stepmother. Bruno was banished to the yard when he was unable to get along with Lady Tremaine’s wicked cat, Lucifer.
Bruno was modeled after the very popular Bloodhound. Throughout the animated film, Bruno’s Bloodhound characteristics can be seen. He uses his nose to pick up scents around the yard and is a friendly, loyal companion for Cinderella. When developing the storyline, creators wanted to bring in animal friends that showcased Cinderella’s kind heart and overall goodness. Several mice were given humanistic personalities to be able to reciprocate the friendship that Cinderella shows them. Major, the horse that belonged to Cinderella’s father, and Bruno were also friends of Cinderella. These two offered comfort when life with her stepmother and stepsisters became unbearable. At the end of the film, Bruno helps save the day. He also gets revenge on Lucifer by scaring the cat straight out the window. Bruno is seen sparingly throughout the film, yet he has a large number of devoted fans. Bruno only appeared twice in the Cinderella sequel, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True. Bruno did not appear in the 2015 live action movie Cinderella starring Lily James. Disney has claimed that Bruno was cut from the 2015 version because of budget restrictions.
Bruno was given the typical Bloodhound coloring and markings, along with the long, floppy ears. He has the classic black Bloodhound nose and the soft, sad brown eyes that melt your heart. His long, square muzzle and lolling tongue give him a goofy, happy appearance. Bruno’s animators wanted to subtly link Bruno to Goofy by giving Bruno three little hairs on his head, almost identical to Goofy’s. This was done in hopes that fans of Goofy would find Bruno just as endearing. There were a few short films where creators tried to work a dog that looked similar to Bruno into but these films were never released and the Bruno look-alike was put back on the shelf.
Cinderella Dog Name Considerations
There are many adaptations of the fairy tale, Cinderella, both in print and in film. With so many different versions and characters it should be easy to find a name for your new puppy. You probably have a favorite character such as Prince Charming or Fairy Godmother. With the various versions of Cinderella including the 1950 animated version, the modern day Cinderella portrayed in the 2004 movie A Cinderella Story or subsequent movies, or even the 2015 live action Disney Cinderella there are plenty of names for Prince Charming or even the Fairy Godmother. Prince Charming has been known as Henry, Kit, Austin, Reed or even Luke. It may be that there is a favorite supporting character such as one of the mice that have befriended Cinderella or even Bruno, the lovable Bloodhound. There are names galore to choose from so take your time and get to know your new pooch before you settle on a name. Luckily, puppies are not like humans and have to have a name as soon as they come home. You can take a few weeks or even a month to decide on the right name that invokes happy memories of this favorite fairy tale.