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Snow White runs away from the castle, driven out by the Evil Queen and finds warmth in a home of seven dwarves.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Roy Atwell ...
Doc (voice) (uncredited)
Stuart Buchanan ...
Huntsman (voice) (uncredited)
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Snow White (voice) (uncredited)
Hall Johnson Choir ...
Finale Chorus (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Collins ...
Dopey / Chipmunk / Squirrel sneezes (voice) (uncredited)
Pinto Colvig ...
Sleepy / Grumpy (voice) (uncredited)
Marion Darlington ...
Birds (voice) (uncredited)
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Sneezy (voice) (uncredited)
Otis Harlan ...
Happy (voice) (uncredited)
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Queen / Witch (voice) (uncredited)
Scotty Mattraw ...
Bashful (voice) (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen ...
Magic Mirror (voice) (uncredited)
Purv Pullen ...
Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Stockwell ...
Prince (voice) (uncredited)
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The first, and by far most memorable full-length animated feature from the Disney Studios, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" may have been superseded technically by many of the films that followed it. But its simple story of a charming little princess saved from the evil deeds of her wicked step-mother, the queen, by a group of seven adorable dwarfs made history when it was first released in December, 1937 and has since become an incomparable screen classic. Written by filmfactsman

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Release Date:

10 January 1938 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Blancanieves y los siete enanos  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$184,925,485 (USA)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Scenes planned, but never fully animated:
  • The queen holds the prince in the dungeon and uses her magic to make skeletons dance for his amusement.


  • Fantasy sequence accompanying "Some Day My Prince Will Come" in which Snow White imagines herself dancing with her prince in the clouds beneath a sea of stars


  • Dwarfs building Snow White a bed with help from woodland creatures (can be seen during the "Disney's Golden Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" special).


  • The song "Music in Your Soup" where the dwarfs sing about the soup that Snow White had just made them (can be seen during the "Disney's Golden Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" special; the song can be heard on the soundtrack).


  • A musical number, "You're Never Too Old to Be Young", featuring the dwarfs. It was pre-recorded, but never animated (can be heard on the soundtrack as a demo).


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Goofs

After Snow White discovers she is stuck to the tree she raises her arms while screaming but in the next shot one of her hands is on her skirt. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Queen: Slave in the magic mirror, come from the farthest space, through wind and darkness I summon thee. Speak! Let me see thy face.
Magic Mirror: What wouldst thou know, my Queen?
Queen: Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?
Magic Mirror: Famed is thy beauty, Majesty. But hold, a lovely maid I see. Rags cannot hide her gentle grace. Alas, she is more fair than thee.
Queen: Alas for her! Reveal her name.
Magic Mirror: Lips red as the rose. Hair black as ebony. Skin white as snow.
Queen: Snow White!
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Unusual for a film of this era, the words "THE END" never appear on screen. See more »

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Soundtracks

One Song
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Frank Churchill
Lyrics by Larry Morey
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Harry Stockwell
Reprised by Adriana Caselotti
Reprised by Harry Stockwell and Chorus at the end
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A Movie Milestone
14 January 2004 | by (Pocatello, Idaho, USA) – See all my reviews

Where would the animation world be without the humongous success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? If the movie failed back in 1937, there would be no Disney Company today, no Lion King, and no Disneyland. Disney's Folly, as critics first called it, would probably have scared any other industry from attempting such an ambitious and innovative project. Pixar may not have ever had the chance to put out their groundbreaking features, and even the Disney- and fairy tale-bashing Shrek may never have been made if Snow White didn't set the course for the world of the animated feature.

There must have been tremendous pressure on everyone involved in the making of Snow White, but they did not disappoint. The end result includes a timeless story, classic songs, and beautiful imagery that will live on for future generations to enjoy. In fact, this was only the second movie that captured my nieces' full attention spans (The Lion King being the first).

In my opinion, the story was great but not perfect. It's not as exciting or filled with as much witty remarks as today's animated features, but as soon as the dwarfs are introduced, the movie takes on an endearing lighter side. For the record, my favorite dwarf is Doc, because I can relate to him being a strong leader with some very humanistic follies, such as always getting tongue-tied (I do that myself all too often). All the songs stand out in their own way. `Some Day My Prince Will Come' is a classic, fairy-tale ballad. `Heigh-Ho,' `Dig, Dig, Dig,' and `Whistle While You Work' are great songs to pick up your spirits when you have to go to work, do chores, or do homework. And my favorite, `The Silly Song,' is just a great, catchy, and funny song. As for the imagery, it's just breathtaking, especially considering how early it was introduced. The colors are rich and lively, and the multi-plane camera does add some great depth to the movie.

As you can tell, for an animation and Disney fan like myself, Snow White is a perfect milestone in the movie world. Even compared to the animation and storytelling styles of today, Snow White still stands the test of time. Kudos to everyone involved in this picture as their work will live on forever.

My IMDb Rating: 10/10. My Yahoo! Grade: A+ (Oscar-Worthy)


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