SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS

★★★★★

Voices by Adriana Caselotti, Roy Atwell, Stuart Buchanan, Eddie Collins, Pinto Colvig, Billy Gilbert, Lucille La Verne
Directed by William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen
1937 / 83 Minutes / Walt Disney Pictures

Alright and so it begins with my Disney marathon… with the movie that started it all, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.

Obviously the first feature length animated film has to be given it’s respect and props. It’s quite incredible that this film was made in the 30’s and every frame on screen is meticulously hand drawn. It’s still impressive today as I’m sure it was mind blowing back when it was first released.

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs is an amazing classic, but I don’t think the last couple generations of kids really have enough attention span to sit through it anymore. It’s a different world now and all the animated films out are so high energy and ADD that even for myself sitting through this was a challenge. It’s not that I don’t like the movie, I’m just so used to what is out now. This has become so simple and slow. It’s never been one of my favourite Disney films, but as I watch this as an adult I see it as more of an appreciation of art and skill more than anything else. It’s a film that has to be praised for what it is and what it accomplished… it’s a piece of work, a piece of art… a classic and a masterpiece!

Grade A

10 Interesting Trivia bits from IMDB

  1. Held the title of highest grossing film ever for exactly one year, after which it was knocked out of the top spot by Gone with the Wind (1939).
  2. The highest-grossing animated film of all time, adjusted for inflation.
  3. The “special” Academy Award granted to the picture consisted of one regular sized award and seven smaller sized awards.
  4. 25 songs were written for the movie but only eight were used.
  5. The trees that grab Snow White’s dress were based on unique Garry Oak trees, found on Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Walt Disney had toured through this area and noted their eerie, twisting shapes.
  6. The first full-length animated feature film to come out of the United States.
  7. Publicity material relates that production employed 32 animators, 102 assistants, 167 “in-betweeners”, 20 layout artists, 25 artists doing water color backgrounds, 65 effects animators, and 158 female inkers and painters. 2,000,000 illustrations were made using 1500 shades of paint.
  8. Storyboards for a sequel to this movie were discovered in the Disney Company vault titled “Snow White Returns”. Upon examining the length of the script and storyboards, it seemed like it was meant to be a short film than a full length movie.
  9. Snow White is the youngest Disney Princess at the age of 14.
  10. The film was finally released on video in 1994, after several years of the studio resisting any notion of the idea. According to former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, the reason why the studio ultimately released “Snow White” on video was because the film was about to enter the public domain in Italy and would be prone to being pirated. Ultimately, Disney had their copyright on “Snow White” extended.

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