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Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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Original 1937 poster by Gustav Tenngeren

"Someday, my Prince will come." 

- Snow White 

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 animated feature film by Walt Disney based on the fiary tale: Snow White by The Brother's Grimm from 1812. It was the first picture by Disney and the highest grossing animated feature of all time. It became one of the most famous films in history. It was produced by Walt Disney and was starring the voices of: Adriana Castelotti, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell, Pinto Colvig, Eddie Collins and Moroni Olsen. It had the deepest cultural impact of any animated film and made the films of Disney possible. 

Plot Edit

The film opens at a richly decorated storybook which details the story of Princess Snow White. Her stepmother the Evil Queen is very vain and is afraid that her stepdaughter might someday surpass her in beauty. She dresses her in rags and forces her to work as a scullery maid. The Queen calls upon the slave in the magic mirror who she obsesivly asks: "Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all." The Mirror tells The Queen: "Rags cannot hide her gentle grace, alas she is more fair thee." Outside the castle courtyard Snow White sings to a wishing well as she is overheared by The Prince. He climbs over the wall and sings a ballad to her. The Queen watches them from her window. Later, she sits in her throne while commanding the Huntsman that he shall go into the woods with her and kill her. The huntsman is repelled but does as the Queen commands. The Queen hands him a jewel-box in which he is to bring back Snow White's heart. 

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Snow White picking flowers

The next morning, Snow White and the huntsman go into the woods where Snow White picks wildflowers. When the huntsman attempts to kill her with his knife, he falls on his knees and begs for forgiveness. He tells Snow White she should hide and never return. Snow White flees into the forest were she is scared and sees visions of trees trying to grab her. She finally collapses in an open space while she cried. Animals come to her and attempt to cheer her up. She sings to them and the animals lead her to a small wooden cottage in a closely secluded part of the forest. She finds the door is not locked and because of that everything is so small she thinks children live there. However, the cottage is very untidy. Snow White, with the help of the animals cleans the house. She goes upstairs and finds seven little beds. The names of the residents are carved into them: Doc, Sneezy, Sleepy, Bashful, Happy, Grumpy and Dopey. Overtaken by sudden sleepiness she falls over the seven beds. The animals tuck her in and the exhausted princess falls asleep. 

In a diamond mine, seven old dwarves the residents of the home are digging. They all have distinct personalities: Doc is the self proclaimed leader but is very scattered. Grumpy is a very cranky and sinical. Sleepy is always very tired, Happy is always ubbeat, Bashful always blushes, Sneezy has an allergy, and Dopey is naive and can't talk. The dwarves march home over the seven falls singing the famous song: "He-Ho". 

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The dwarves marching home.

When the dwarves arrive home they find the lights on. They are scared and think a monster might have taken shelter in their home. They go inside attempting to kill it with their pitchforks but when they  find there is a girl in thier bed and she wakes up. Snow White is instantly charms by the little men and identifies them. She then ask them if she can stay to hide from the Queen. All agree accept Grumpy who is relluctant and remembers his brothers about the Queen's magical powers. He however changes his mind and let's her stay. Snow White then goes downstairs and cooks soup for them, insisting they wash up first. The dwarves obey her accept Grumpy. In the bathroom, the other dwarves wash Grumpy by force. 

At the castle, the huntsman has given back the jewel-box to the Queen who again consults her mirror. The mirror reaveals that Snow White is still alive and lives with the dwarves. The heart that was given to the Queen was a pig's heart. Fuled with hate, the Queen goes down the stairs to her hidden laboratory were she consults her ancient magical book of disguises. She conducts a potion. This potion transforms her into The Witch which let's a whole other part of her personality out.

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The Queen vans her hate

In an ancient book, the Witch finds the formula for the Sleeping Death. Back at the dwarves cottage a party is being held in honor of the princess. Dopey attempts to dance with her by standing on Sneezy's shoulders. When he sneezes, the dwarves gather to listen to the story of the Prince. Snow White goes upstairs and sleeps in the beds as the dwarves sleep in several places troughout the house. The Witch poisons an apple to give to Snow White. 

The next morning, the dwarves go to work while they warn Snow White about the Queen's scheming. She promises she will not open the door to anyone. With the animals she bakes a cake for Grumpy when The Witch arrives. She seduces Snow White to let her in. The animals try to fight her off, but Snow White takes pity on her and let's her enter. The Witch gives Snow White the poisoned apple and tells her it is a wishing apple. Snow White wishes for the Prince and bites it. She collapses in sleeping death as The Witch leaves. The animals meanwhile have warned the dwarves and they hunt down the Witch, reconizing her as being the Queen to a cliff where she attempts to crush them with a bolder. However, lightning strikes down which let's the Witch fall to her death. 

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The dwarves mourn at Snow White's side

Some time goes by and the dwarves faishon a glass coffin for Snow White. They mourn by her side as The Prince emarges on his horse. He has heared of Snow White's legend and wents forward to give her a final kiss. She kisses her. Snow White awakes. She is taken in the Prince's arms kisses the dwarves goodbye and rides with the Prince to his castle in the clouds. Snow White and the Prince live happily ever after as the decorated storybook closes and the feature ends. 

Cast 

Adriana Casseloti...........................................................................................................................Snow White

Lucille La Verne.............................................................................................................The Queen / The Witch

Harry Stockwell...............................................................................................................................The Prince

Roy Atwell................................................................................................................................................Doc

Pinto Colvig...........................................................................................................................Grumpy / Sleepy

Otis Harlan............................................................................................................................................Happy

Scotty Mattraw.....................................................................................................................................Bashful

Billy Gilbert..........................................................................................................................................Sneezy

Staurt Buchanan........................................................................................................................The Huntsman

Moroni Olsen..........................................................................................................................The Magic Mirror

HistoryEdit

Walt Disney had the dream to make a feature lenght animated film for a long time. He had together with his brother Roy founded "The Walt Disney Company" and created such beloved charachters as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. As a teenager he had seen the 1916
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Walt Disney presenting the dwarves in the theathrical trailer

version of Snow White and this convinced him he had to choose this story for his big project. 

"To me this was the perfect story, I had a witch, a girl and kind dwarfs." 

- Walt Disney 


His studio had made several Silly Symphony shorts to test the techniques that where going to be used in the film. In June 1934 production began. Artist Gustav Tenngeren was called aboard as well as desinger Albert Hurter. For evey joke you made in the picture you got a dollar. Many thought it was not possible to create a feature lenght cartoon. Newspapers dubbed it: "Disney's folly". 

Disney insisted on the use of musical numbers. In 1935 and 1936 these were orchastrated. The songs where: 

"I am Wishing" 

"The Ballad" 

"Whistle while you work" 

"The Silly Song" and "Someday my Prince will Come". There was a song cut called: "You're never too old to be young." Many scenes where cut from the picture including a dream sequence with The Prince and Snow White and the idea that the Witch would take the Prince hostage. 

The film premiered on December 21 1937. In the audience were Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland. The film won seven oscars (one for every dwarve), The sucess of "The One that started it all" paved the way for more beloved Disney films such as: "Fantasia" (1940), "Dumbo" (1941), "Bambi" (1943), "Cinderella" (1950) and "Sleeping Beauty" (1959). Walt Disney died of cancer on December 15 1966. 

Trivia Edit

  • Lucille La Verne took her teeth out to accomplish the Witches' voice. 
  • The desing of Snow White resambled Betty Boop in the beginning of production. 
  • "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs" was one of the favourite movies of German war-criminal and dictator Adolf Hitler

Avallibility Edit

The picture was re-released several times. In 1967, 1977 and 1987 respectivly. It became first avallible on VHS in February of 1981 and on DVD in 2001. The film was released on Blu-Ray Diamond Edition in 2007. 

Legacy Edit

"Walt Disney's Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs" has been widely concidered one of the most important and best feature films ever made. It is as well one of the most praised work in American cinematic history. It served as an inspiration for many pictures, novels and other works. In Disneyland there is a theme park ride dedicated to the film. The Queen is on #10 of the Best Movie Villains Of All Time. It is known as the greatest animated film of all time.

Visit www.filmiclight.blogspot.com  for a website dedicated to the classic film. 

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