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First feature-length animated film that laid the foundation stone for
Disney company and genre itself. If this movie failed Disney company
probably would never get off the ground and dozens of masterpieces
would never see light of the day. It is questionable if we would even
have this genre today. Success of this movie encouraged other companies
to take this path and enrich childhoods of many generations.
Movie was made for 4 years, 2 million $ was spent and it made profit of around 200 millions and won bunch of awards. Masterpiece of art that laid the foundation of new genre, resisted the test of time and till this day it keeps its place at the top of best movies of all times. Despite the progress of technology, even after 80 years, there are few cartoons that reached this level. These days cartoons are not made by hand and production process is much faster and easier, but movies are mostly tragically bad. That's sad. By today's standards I would give it 8/10, but considering that it was hand made 80 years ago and influence it has on everything that came after even 10/10 is not enough.
And of course, we must not forget fantastic songs led by Heigh-Ho.
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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who"s the fairest one of all? The Queen
asks everyday to to her trusted enchanted mirror who always replies
that she is until one day another name is given.
What I enjoy about Walt Disney's classic fairy tale is true beauty comes from within. The Queen is stunningly beautiful, but on the inside an ugly witch who wants nothing more then to destroy her step daughter who was pretty within, caring and sensitive. Snow White cares for the men who took her in, cleans their house, cooks dinner and pumps them up everyday before they go off to work in the diamond mines while her mother takes life for granted.
The visuals are stunning, the music enchanting and the characters enduring making it a true testament to filmaking with limited technology available at the time.
A problem I had with the story itself is the prince who was the only one not fleshed out or given personality and only there to serve as a love interest. He's bland, boring and perfect without any flaws making the romance feel a little rushed. The first half was exciting as Snow runs for her life, meeting her prince and the huntsmen's death, but it mellows out once she reaches the closet stuck with chores to do.
I was captivated by the evilness the Queen displayed with her suave body language, her shivering crackle and frightening transformation into an old hag straight out of tales from the crypt.
While there have been complaints from special interest groups on the artist merit of the picture and its portrayal of women I found her to be the most courageous, brave and daring of them all.
Based on a Grimm Brother's tale, this film tells the story of Snow
White, a princess forced to hide from the hatred of her stepmother.
Directed by David Hand and produced by Walt Disney, it has the
participation of great voice actors. The soundtrack is a responsibility
of Paul J. Smith, Frank Churchill and Leigh Harline. Nominated for an
Oscar for Best Soundtrack, this film earned to Disney the honorary
statuette the following year.
This film immediately won a place in history. Having been the first Walt Disney feature film, it was decisive for the evolution of what we know as animated film. Since the thirties, this movie has been in the lives of successive generations, despite having had few awards. In fact, its the definitive proof that awards don't immortalize a movie. Its ability to win public every year and persist in people's lives is, ultimately, the absolute consecration of a work of cinema.
The script is simple but extraordinarily effective, adapting (almost rewriting and polishing) Grimm Brother's story. Snow White is a pre- teen girl, very naive and pure, as it was considered correct at the time (current audiences prefer a less candid approach). The Queen is the incarnation of evil and the perfect antagonist. The prince is the representation of the honest and faithful man, who saves the girl. And of course, we have the famous Seven Dwarfs, supporting characters who serve as comic element and come directly to the hearts of children, with their defects or characteristics, a rather clumsy way and a huge sense of generosity.
The drawings are not as visually pleasing as will become in future films. Pencil lines are quite obvious and the colors are slightly alive. However, this technique was starting so that's something natural. The soundtrack is essential for any movie lover and contains one of the most famous songs from Disney films, "Heigh Ho", sung by the dwarfs when they return from their mine. The music perfectly accompanies the film and speak to the public with the same eloquence of the drawings.
Even though it is almost 80 years old, it is still an impressive piece of work. Indeed, at the time, it was the very first full length animated feature, a huge gamble for Walt Disney, but this gamble paid off as it was a big box-office it and it started the massive empire of Disney in the film business. Eventually, this movie would become the blueprint for their future work and, after all years, the timeless fairy tales are still their most enduring trademark. Fortunately, they have the financial means to maintain their work and this movie has been restored already a couple of times and it looks quite amazing. Of course, they would improve and/or diversify their technique through the years but this one was already quite gorgeous to look at. To be honest, even though the story was charming and the dwarfs pretty hilarious, the plot was decent but not really strong, in my opinion. For example, they spent half of the running time with Snow White getting to their home and getting acquainted with those fellows while everything involving the prince was seriously underwritten. Indeed, nowadays, this whole concept of this prince coming up from nowhere and basically saving the day seems rather hard to swallow for the modern audience (see 'Frozen' and 'Maleficent', also both Disney productions). Anyway, to conclude, , even though it can seem outdated, it remains a timeless classic nonetheless and it is definitely worth.
One of my favorite all-time animated Disney movies. I used to watch it all the time as a kid. Pretty much every song is a classic, every character is unforgettable, every voice is just perfect, I honestly think that not a second is wasted. Snow White and the Severn Dwarfs is Funny, scary, entertaining and revolutionary for its time. You have to remember that this was the very first animated movie ever. In 62 years, I believe that this movie has never been equalled. OF course there have been many remakes but in my opinion none of them ever equals the magic and splendour of this movie. It has stood the test of time. I really enjoy watching this film over and over and it never gets old. Wonderful.
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I decided to give Snow White another chance & I loved it! I can't believe I didn't like this film before. I think this film is so under-appreciated these days. This film gets a lot of flack these days especially from feminists! I'm tired of feminists attacking classics like Snow White. This film came out in 1937! That was almost 80 years ago. Women were viewed as second class citizens back then. Anyways, without this film there wouldn't have been The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty & the Beast, Lady & the Tramp, Tangled, etc. People also complain about Snow White's voice, I can see why people may not like her voice but those kind of voices were popular in the 30s. I'll take Snow White's voice over singers such as Christina Aguilera who just screams all the time. Snow White paved the way for all of the other Disney Princesses. This film is such a sweet movie but also dark at the same time which is a good thing. The characters aren't as well developed as more modern films but again this was in 1937. Snow White & Sleeping Beauty are the best princess films from the Walt era. People need to treat this film with more respect. People don't necessarily have to like it but please cut the film some slack because it is the oldest Disney movie & Disney wouldn't be where they are if it wasn't for Snow White.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is one of the most influential films in
history. The first full-length animated film, for a few brief years the
highest-grossing film of all time and still to this day one of the most
successful films in Disney history. Still the most successful if you
account for inflation. And there is a reason for all that success, and
not just the fact that it was the first. It's the crown of Walt Disney
Studios. There might be gems that shined brighter later on, but this is
the base, the foundation of the studio's brilliance.
And no, it's not a perfect film. You can still see that the animators were still learning away from the brief animated shorts they were more used to doing. The whole film is very episodic, with most of the time spent on general gallivanting and merriment. Especially with the dwarfs. There's a whole segment dedicated to them washing their hands. Actually, I lie. There's a whole segment AND a song dedicated to it. And sure, the dwarfs are great character, each a unique personality with hiccups and all, so the viewer doesn't really mind that the plot is pretty much forgotten much of the time, but you can nevertheless see that it's a work in progress as far as feature length storytelling is concerned.
Luckily we have the Queen. And oh, what a way to introduce us to Disney villains. To this day she's one of the greats and it can be argued that the movie is actually about her, not Snow White nor the dwarfs. She's the first character we see, has pretty much the most dialogue and her scenes are the most captivating and actually move the plot forward. And she's a menace. Always plotting, scheming, cackling, being absolutely terrifying. The first look she gives us after her transformation is one of the scariest looks in cinema history.
You've all seen this movie already. It's one of the most well-known pieces of art there is and has absolutely held up its charm to this day. Not the best film Disney has ever done, but for their first, it's unbelievable.
SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS, 1938 Viewed at Berlin 2015 in restored
Technicolor Retro series.
IMG_1272.JPG THE Seven Dwarfs R~L: Sleepy, Bashful, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sneezy, DOPEY Find Snow White asleep in their cottage
MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL Who is Fairest of them all? The Mother of all Animation. The beautiful queen's beauty is exceeded only by her vanity So she needs to be reassured every day that She is the most beautiful female in the realm. Of this her magic all-seeing mirror reminds her daily until one day Nope not anymore Babe your own step daughter, Snow White has now emerged from puberty and puts you to shame in terms of pure pulchritude. Oh NO!!- gotta get rid of that pert little bitch. Woodsman, take her out in the forest and do her in! But woodsman doesn't have the heart to bump lovely Innocent maiden off so he turns her loose and claims the wolves got her. But of course they didn't So with all the friendly forest animals and birds prancing fawns and flitting lovebirds taking her under their wings (incredibly beautiful animation sequence) they lead her to the cottage of the seven dwarfs who whistle while they work merrily in the nearby mines. (their cheerful songs kick in all of which became instant pop hits ~ Heigh ho, Heigh ho it's off to work we go etc.) and the dwarfs each representing a certain state of mind or human foible became stars on their own: HAPPY, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy and, last but not least, lovable Dopey. This was the first movie I ever saw at age six and I identified strongly with Dopey. Now it becomes a little horror film. The evil queen changes herself into a most scary witch and coming to the cottage in disguise as a friendly old hag offers blissfully naive Snow White the poison apple that puts her into a state of deathlike Suspended Animation (pun intended) The horrified dwarfs think she is dead and enshrine her in a class coffin and there she stays suspended until Prince Charming comes along and pulls her out if it with the fateful kiss of pure love whereupon all Live happily ever after.
Anybody who can resist the visual beauty and magical charm of this mother of all animations, can only be the ultimate grump and should be put out of his misery with a poisoned apple Disney's clean cut cartooning style is like Rembrandt to Peanuts in comparison to successor animation styles in terms of rendering skill and grace of image movement. The ultimate genius of the genre his Snow White is Evergreen and continues to out-dwarf the competition Seven and a half decades after it first appeared. Pure joy if you ever get a chance.
This cartoon took much painstaking effort and planning to create. It is a delicately and carefully made masterpiece of animation. The film used an old-fashioned way of drawing each little movement of the cartoons many different separate times and then it was all blended together as one whole. The characters win you over and the story is heartwarming. This full-length movie was a plan of Walt Disney's to make after he and the studio earned enough revenue to pay for its production by many cartoon shorts with some including Mickey Mouse, known as the "silly symphonies." The movie/cartoon Snow White is a very special family film intended for children of all ages. I would count it as a great classic.
"Still the fairest of them all", Disney's first masterpiece is as
beautiful, frightening, charming and enchanting as they come.
The songs and animated dancing are brilliant, so many great songs in one movie. "Someday my prince will come" later covered by Miles Davis, is a classic, " Whistle while you work" so fun and so many more hits come out of this one movie.
The dwarfs themselves are so cute and funny . There lovable personalities added humor and my young nieces adored them.
The beauty of the art work and backgrounds create a complete fantasy world that is rich and detailed, and alive.
The classic story, is told with humor, pathos, suspense and beauty.
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