Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs is an American animated feature film by Walt Disney based on the fairy tale: Snow White by The Brothers' 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: Bea Benaderet, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell, Pinto Colvig, Otis Harlan, Scotty Mattraw, Billy Gilbert, Eddie Collins, Harry Stockwell, Stuart Buchanan and Moroni Olsen. It had the deepest cultural impact of any animated film and made future films of Disney possible. 

Plot [edit | edit source]

The film opens at a richly decorated storybook which details the story of Princess Snow White. Her mother died shortly after Snow White's birth, and her father, The King, remarried. His new Queen, who turns out to be The Evil Queen, is extremely jealous of Snow White's beauty, and the beauty of all the lovely women in the kingdom. She owns a magic mirror, and every day, she asks: "Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?" If the Magic Mirror told the Queen that she was the fairest, all was well, but if another lady was named, she'd fly into a jealous rage. She'd summon her huntsman and have her killed.

The Queen's worst fear was that someday, Snow White's beauty would be greater than her own, so she dresses Snow White in rags and forces her to work as a scullery maid and. The day comes when the Queen calls upon her magic mirror and asks: "Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?" The magic mirror tells the Queen: "Rags cannot hide her gentle grace, alas she is more fair thee." The Queen is outraged, and outside the castle courtyard, Snow White sings to a wishing well as she is overheard by The Prince. He climbs over the wall and sings a ballad to her. The Queen jealously watches them from her window. She summons her huntsman that he shall go into the woods with her and kill her. The huntsman is horrified, but does as the Queen commands. The Queen hands him a jeweled box in which he is to bring back Snow White's heart. 

Snow White picking flowers.

Snow White and the huntsman go into the woods where she picks wildflowers. The huntsman attempts to kill her with his knife, but realizes he can't do it and falls on his knees and begs for forgiveness. He tells Snow White the truth about her stepmother - she's mad and jealous of her and will stop at nothing. He then tells Snow White to run away and hide and never return to the castle . Snow White flees into the forest were she is scared and sees branches of trees trying to grab her feet. She finally collapses in an open space while she cried. Forest animals come to her and attempt to cheer her up. She sings to them and tells the animals she needs a place to sleep, and they lead her to a small wooden cottage in a closely secluded part of the forest. She opens the door and sees that everything is so small that she thinks children live there. However, the cottage is very dirty, and Snow White believes the children who live there have no mother. With the help of the animals she cleans the house. She the goes upstairs and finds seven little beds. The names of the residents are carved into them: Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy 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, who are 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 angry, cranky, and impatient. Happy is always upbeat, Bashful always blushes, Sleepy is always very tired, Sneezy always has allergies and Dopey is naive and never speaks. The dwarves march home over the 7 falls singing the famous song: "Heigh-Ho". 

The seven dwarves marching home.

When the seven 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 whatever it is with their pitchforks, but they find Snow White in their bed and fall in love with her. When Snow White wakes up, she is surprised that they're little men and guesses their names. At first, Grumpy is not happy about having Snow White in their house, but changes his mind after Snow White tells them about her stepmother, the Evil Queen. The dwarves are horrified and say that the Queen is an evil witch with magical powers. While Snow White cooks soup for supper, she insists that they go to the outside tub to wash first. They all wash, except Grumpy, who criticizes them. Afterward, the dwarves grab Grumpy and throw him into the tub and scrub him down. After supper, everyone sings, plays musical instruments, and dances while the forest animals watch from the outside window. Snow White then tells them a story about how someday her prince will come.

Back at the castle, the huntsman has given back the jeweled box to the Queen who again consults her magic mirror, and the magic mirror reveals that Snow White is still alive and lives with the seven dwarves in their cottage in the forest, and the jeweled box has the heart a pig. The Queen realizes that she's been tricked, and goes downstairs to her hidden laboratory where she worked her black magic. She decides to go herself to the dwarves cottage and creates a potion that transforms her into an old peddler woman. The disguised Queen then creates a potion for the Poisoned Apple Sleeping Death and uses a rowboat to go to the dwarves cottage.

The next morning, as the dwarves leave for work, they warn Snow White that the Queen is a sly one, full of witchcraft, and Grumpy orders Snow White not to let anyone in the house. The disguised Queen arrives at the dwarves cottage, and Snow White forgets the dwarves' warnings and lets her in. The forest animals run to the diamond mine to get the dwarves, and they see the disguised Queen leaving their house and chase after her up a mountain during a thunderstorm. Trapped, the disguised Queen tries using a stick to move a rock to crush the dwarves, but lightning strikes where she's standing and she falls into a gulf and is killed.

The dwarves build a glass coffin for Snow White's body, and they keep a vigil along with the forest animals. Spring comes, and the Prince hears of stories about a princess sleeping in the glass coffin. After finding Snow White, he kisses her and she wakes up. Everyone is overjoyed and the Prince takes Snow White to his castle in the clouds where they live Happily Ever After!

The Evil Queen, Snow White's evil stepmother, vans her hate.

The next morning, the seven dwarves go to work while they warn Snow White about the Evil 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 her stepdaughter Snow White the poisoned apple and tells her it is a wishing apple. Snow White wishes for the Prince and bites it. Snow White collapses in sleeping death as the Witch leaves. The animals meanwhile have warned the seven dwarves and they hunt down the Witch, reconizing her as being the Evil 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. 

The seven dwarves mourn at Snow White's side.

 

Cast 

Bea Benaderet...........................................................................................................................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

Stuart Buchanan........................................................................................................................The Huntsman

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

History[edit | edit source]

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

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 Midwestern Mother princess 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" (1942), "Cinderella" (1950) and "Sleeping Beauty" (1959). Walt Disney died of cancer on December 15 1966. 

Trivia [edit | edit source]

  • 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 favorite movies of German war-criminal and dictator Adolf Hitler

Avallibility [edit | edit source]

The picture was re-released several times. In 1944, 1967, 1987 and 1993 respectivly. It became first avallible on VHS in October 28, 1994 and on DVD in 2001. The film was released on Blu-Ray Diamond Edition in 2009. 

Legacy of Disney Decades[edit | edit source]

"Walt Disney's Snow White and 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 Evil Queen and the Witch, Snow White's evil stepmother, is on #10 of the Best Movie Villains Of All Time. It is known as the greatest animated film of all time.

1940s

  • Pinocchio (1940)
  • Fantasia (1940)
  • Dumbo (1941)
  • Bambi (1942)

1950s

  • Cinderella (1950)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  • Peter Pan (1953)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959)

1960s

  • 101 Dalmatians (1961)
  • The Sword in the Stone (1963)
  • The Jungle Book (1967)

1970s

  • The Aristocats (1970)
  • Robin Hood (1973)
  • Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh (1977)
  • The Rescuers (1977)

1980s

  • The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
  • The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
  • Oliver and Company (1988)
  • The Little Mermaid (1989)

1990s

  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • Aladdin (1992)
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • Sailor Moon (1995)
  • Pocahontas (1995)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
  • Hercules (1997)
  • Mulan (1998)
  • Tarzan (1999)

2000s

  • The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
  • Sonic X (2003)
  • Enchanted (2007)
  • The Princess and the Frog (2009)

2010s

  • Tangled (2010)
  • Octonauts (2010)
  • Frozen (2013)

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

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