Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Review


Some films are beyond cynicism. A real classic influences the hearts and minds of audiences, even generations after its creation. Some classics like The Wizard of Oz hold such value that they become indelibly etched in the minds of every American of every walk of life. Disney's Snow White is another such film that has earned that sort of place in our hearts.

Indeed, without Miss White and her band of little men, Disney's moneymaking empire of full-length animated films might never existed. Films that generation after generation of American children has laughed with and cried over might never have been. But Snow White is more than the grandfather of full-length animated films, it is a genuine classic in its own right.

Disney's adaptation of this classic, star-crossed fairy tale manages to transcend cultural and social barriers with an honest and heartfelt story about heartbreak and love. Truthfully, so successful is Disney's version, most people think of nothing else when they think of Snow White (originally a Brothers Grimm fable). And it's high time to once again thrill over the magic and majesty of the film, cringe in terror at the evil deeds of the wicked Queen, and laugh and smile at the antics of the loyal seven dwarfs. Snow White brings together everything into one beautifully rendered (and of course, hand-drawn) package.

However you view the film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs must be acknowledged as an icon, its characters standing alongside Dorothy, Superman, and a host of other cinematic creations which have indelibly leave their mark on every aspect of American culture.

The exhaustive two-disc DVD release is a must-see for animation and classic cinema fans, though even the Snow White-obsessed might get a bit burned out after eight or so hours of material. Most interesting are Walt Disney's comments about the making of the film (reconstructed into a commentary track with film historian John Canemaker as well) -- his comments about the studio system of the 1930s are quite startling. Regarding the film itself, Disney's comments about difficulties in animating human figures, particularly the prince, explain a lot about how the movie was eventually edited. (And a personal favorite is the wisecracking magic mirror, which pesters you to do something if you leave a DVD menu idling for too long.) Perhaps the biggest surprise is the scariness found on the disc -- no, not courtesy of the evil queen, but thanks to Roy Disney, who hosts much of the DVD, impossible well-preserved through the years.

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The could have danced all night.



Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Facts and Figures

Genre: Animation

Run time: 83 mins

In Theaters: Monday 10th January 1938

Box Office Worldwide: $8M

Budget: $1.5M

Production compaines: Walt Disney Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5

IMDB: 7.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: David Hand

Producer:

Starring: as Huntsman, as Snow White, Eddie Collins as Dopey, as Sleepy/Grumpy, Marion Darlington as Bird Sounds and Warbling, as Sneezy, as Happy, as Doc, as Queen / Witch, as Bashful, as Magic Mirror, as Prince, Purv Pullen as Birds, as Yodeling Man

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