Also known as "The Magic Song," this novelty number was penned by Al Hoffman, Mack David and Jerry Livingston for Disney's 1950 animated fairy tale Cinderella. The Fontane Sisters appeared on Perry Como's self-titled variety show dressed as mice and previewed a medley of songs from the film along with actress Ilene Woods, who played Cinderella. Como recorded "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" with the trio of New Jersey sisters with the film's "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" on the flip side.
In Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother (Verna Felton) performs this song as she transforms the title servant girl into an elegant princess for the royal ball. Felton was a popular character actress who loaned her voice to several other Disney films (she was Dumbo's mother, Flora the good fairy in Sleeping Beauty and the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, to name a few). She also appeared on I Love Lucy as Mrs. Porter, the tough-as-nails maid in "Lucy Hires a Maid" and gruff neighbor Mrs. Simpson in "Sales Resistance."
Pop singer Jo Stafford and actor/singer Gordon MacRae recorded this song just two months after Como in 1949. Their version peaked at #19 on the Billboard charts.
In Shrek 2 (2004), Fiona's Fairy Godmother, voiced by Absolutely Fabulous actress Jennifer Saunders, parodies this song.