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There are certain motion pictures that must be recognized as "Landmarks" -- films that made such an impact on the public and on future film makers as to make them "Landmarks". D. W. Griffeth's THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915); Disney's SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS; David O. Selznick's GONE WITH THE WIND; Orson Welle's CITIZEN KANE; and STAR WARS, to list a few. And now many of these classics are being given excellent DVD releases. Just as Disney's SNOW WHITE was a "Landmark" in 1937, being the first feature-length animated film, now, the 2001 DVD Platinum Editon (two Discs) release of SNOW WHITE is likely to be considered a "Landmark" in the field of DVD's! The feature itself has never looked and sounded any better then seen here -- it's state of the art! And the EXTRAS (and the access to them) are absolutely amazing! More then 3 hours of material are contained on the second disc -- and choice material it is. It like being turned loose in the Disney archives and having access to anything you wanted -- only better -- because it is so well organized on the DVD. A college film course couldn't begin to touch what you will find here. HIGHEST RATING to the Disney staff!
So I am a really good fan of OLD Disney movies and I really like to sit
down and just watch them. So a couple of months ago, I guess, I was
watching Snow White and I noticed that when the Seven Dwarfs go to wash
their hands, before "gooseberry pie", Doc never once gets his hands
wet, or his face wet. He just stands there and tells the other six
Dwarfs what to do. I thought it was interesting and amusing that when
Disney made Snow White they left that in there, as a small detail,
unnoticeable to someone not paying good attention. I'm going to watch
it again and look for some other things like this!
For all its historical importance, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
(1937) is not treated well by most Disney fans. It is tolerated, but
not respected or loved. Common complaints fall upon the heroine being
too passive, the music being too dated, too much padding, etc. No film
is perfect, even great films, but my God, people are too harsh on this
No other Disney film possesses the innocence of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It has a freshness, an excitement to it. It's as though you could feel the animators' joy in every frame. There is no hip irony or cynicism on display, no need to be subversive or cool. The whole thing is a fairy tale played straight and with tons of heart. It isn't hard to see why weary Depression audiences so readily took it to their hearts and declared it "the happiest thing since Armistice".
Snow White is not complex or super interesting as a character, but she has more of a personality than she is given credit for. She is also tougher than you'd think: she's a young teenage girl from an abusive home, yet she still believes she should keep a positive view of life and tries her best to stay optimistic through all her troubles. That's admirable. As for her warbling soprano, many will not favor it and yes, it is dated. However, don't be too harsh there. After all, I doubt the modern pop hit "Let It Go" in Frozen (2013) will gracefully age either.
Of course, the dwarfs are all lovable and entertaining. The Queen/Witch is chilling, one of the finest Disney villains. The Prince... well, he's rather dull. Honestly, I don't get the criticism of Snow's supposed lack of personality; she has it all over her prince.
The animation is still beautiful, even if there are a few awkward moments due to rotorscoping and experimentation. The muted color scheme is lovely, a great contrast to the exhausting bright colors which saturate modern animation (I mainly think of the garish Hercules (1997) or The Lorax (2012)). The backgrounds give one the impression of a children's storybook come to life.
Overall, this is a great film and we are still feeling its influence (for better or worse, since American animation is rarely allowed to leave the Snow White model). Without a doubt, it deserves more respect from modern audiences.
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Disney's "Snow White" was the very first full length animated film and
without it, we most likely would have never had the classics that came
Snow White lives in a castle with her stepmother who is jealous of her stepdaughter's beauty and wishes to kill her so she will become "the fairest of them all." Snow White runs away into the forest and comes across the cottage of the seven Dwarfs and they agree to let her stay but the Queen decides to take care of Snow White herself upon discovering that she is still alive and living with the seven dwarfs.
For starters, the animation is fantastic and you can only imagine how long it must have taken the animators to draw out one frame alone. The studio was also used to animating characters in a silly style like Mickey Mouse at the time and the training they went through shows how determined Walt Disney was to make this film happen especially considering he put a mortgage on his house to get the money to make the film and would have ended up homeless if it failed.
The voice cast is also fantastic, especially upon learning that this was Adrianna Caselotti's first role in a motion picture. Most modern Disney fans criticise her voice for Snow White and label it "annoying" but I feel the voice fits the character perfectly since Snow White is 14 years old in the film. Lucille La Verne is also great as the Queen and captures the wicked nature of her cruel intentions perfectly.
Many also complain about the changes from the source material despite the fact that not everything from a book can be adapted into a film. I feel that making Snow White 14 in the film instead of 7 like in the original tale was a better choice as seeing a child go through certain events in the film such as the forest scene may have been traumatising.
Overall, this is one of the studios best animated features with impressive animation, a great cast of voices and is the reason why we have the classics we know and love today.
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Now I don't want any hate mail (just kidding I do...I love getting
emails) but I am scoring this beloved classic a 6. Not because its a
bad film, no movie that is considered a stone cold classic and the
starting point of one of the biggest film heavyweights in history could
be a "bad" movie but I review my films on entertainment value to me. I
could list pros and cons for this film all day and all night because I
feel like it has a lengthy list in both columns. On one hand if you
look at it from its conception date in the late 1930's, it is
brilliant, breathtaking animation. The artistic value on this film is a
20 out of 10. Still today you have to marvel at the beautiful hand
drawn art and characters. But you could argue against me until you're
blue in the face but I believe this is a movie that could have been
told in ten minutes. They drag it out and there is many scenes in the
film that are simply too long. Its an extremely dark film (as many of
Disney's adventures tend to be) so much so that I personally wouldn't
let very young children watch it. And while most of the songs are
iconic and lovely, they are far from the best in the Disney animation
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs created some of the most iconic well known figures in animation history or film history for that matter. Out of all the Disney princesses I have always felt that Adriana Caselotti was the least impressive of the bunch. There are times when her singing voice is almost irritating like sandpaper and her tones are off in various scenes. I don't know why Walt Disney took such a liking to her but she didn't do much else outside of this so I think I may be closer to hitting the nail on the head than you would think. Lucille La Verne is very good as the evil Queen cementing her place in animated villainy quite purposefully. I felt like in this most recent viewing that she was actually almost underused in the film but she does get some terrific and terrifying scenes. Each one of the seven dwarfs are fantastic. They all have such unique (albeit blatantly obvious) personalities. Everyone will find their favourite and while some get more scenes than others, they are terrific. Harry Stockwell as the Prince...well I can't say much of anything about his performance because he is probably the most underused Prince in Disney history. There is no build up to their romance and every scene he is in is very rushed and forced.
That is perhaps my biggest issue with the film. So much of it dragged and too much time was spent trying to fill empty void in an effort to make it feature length and then when you hit the climax of her eating the apple...it rushes right through to the end and credits are rolling before you even know what happened. The last ten or fifteen minutes are far too rushed and compact. This film holds its credibility because of what it did for Disney studios and animation and the characters that became so iconic. The six directors that worked on this film deserve most of that credit because it really is a beautiful film to look at. Even the background of each sequence is just lovely. For me, it was a bit of a dud in a few ways but I can appreciate artistic beauty and this film is full of that at the very least. 6/10
"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.
Walt Disney's first animated feature-length film is a charming(no pun intended!) tale about how Snow White flees the wrath of a powerful, but jealous and evil Queen, to the forest, where she finds refuge in the home of seven dwarfs(Dopey, Doc, Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Bashful, and Grumpy) who are at first startled by her unexpected arrival, but become stalwart allies as the Queen locates her, putting her into a deep sleep after eating a poisoned apple that only the kiss of Prince Charming can wake her from, and leading to a memorable mountaintop climax. Superb animation(when it was still painstakingly hand drawn) is the highlight. Sure, the story is quite thin, but so richly and vividly put across that it doesn't matter. A classic, and one of the best of its kind.
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The Queen should've just looked into her mirror---and stopped listening
to her mirror---to see that she is indeed fairer than Snow White. I
mean, judging 76-year-old cartoon characters on the basis of hotness is
kinda creepy, but I'll risk creep accusations. The Queen is a babe. Too
bad she's a murderous psycho who's obsessed with winning a beauty
contest. It's like she's trying to one-up her mirror. "I'll show you
who's more subjectively beautiful, you glass devil!" We're all a little
vain sometimes, but don't you have a kingdom to run, lady?
Not that the dwarfs are above reproach either. They're sitting on a fortune in gems and they aren't even spending any of it to improve their lot in life...or the lot of those less fortunate than them. Plus, they tend to wallow in filth. Geez, what a motley cast of characters. Snow White is one of the shallowest movie characters in history, but she should have just bailed on ALL these weirdos. Take the hardworking woodland creatures and split for Oz or Neverland or Belize.
But I do love this movie. Irrationally, really. It's the dwarfs! Dopey is the cutest nitwit of all time and Grumpy is pretty much always right. Snow White DOES bring them misery and they would've been saved a lot of heartache if they'd just kicked her out. Still, it's sweet that even Grumpy relents. How can you not relent and fall for this gorgeous little trifle of a movie? The American Film Institute sure did, putting Snow & The 7 on five of its Best Of compilations, including both of the "100 Years, 100 Movies" lists.
So, yes, the Queen is evil and everyone else in this movie is absurdly pure at heart, but I still think I'd like to live under the Queen's reign. Apparently she spends most of her time gossiping with a mirror and not, you know, doing her job. You could get away with murder, maybe even step-daughtericide! The Queen herself almost does.
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I understand that if it wasn't for this film there wouldn't be The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, or The Lion King. It is still not enough to make me like this film. Some of the scenes in this movie drag. I don't need to watch the dwarfs was their hands for 20 minutes. I don't like the dwarfs in general except for Dopey. I find the dwarfs to be obnoxious. I don't like the songs in this movie. Snow White's voice makes me want to hit her. I'm a guy so I wouldn't hit her but still what was Disney thinking picking her to voice Snow White. The only thing I like about this movie is the Evil Queen. Yes her motive is weak but I like how menacing she is. I do like the Once Upon a Time adaptation of Snow White. If you want to watch an adaptation based on Snow White I would recommend watching that instead. If you want to watch a Disney film based on a fairytale watch Beauty & the Beast instead.
This is the first full-length animated feature film from Walt Disney.
As a kid, I had wanted to watch this movie in its entirety for the
longest time, and didn't get a chance to see it until it was released
on video, finally, in the 1990s.
This film was better than I had expected, with catchy and sweet music (especially the Dwarf's Silly Song), memorable characters and beautiful sceneries and animation. This is what I think the best adaptation of this classical fairytale. Songs that you grew up with were probably introduced in this movie like Heigh-Ho and Whistle While You Work.
This story really portrays the gentleness, kind-heartiness, beauty and innocence of Snow White and the silliness, humor, yet selfless characteristics of the Seven Dwarfs. The movie also did a good job in portraying the mystery, eerie and horror surrounding the Evil Queen and her chamber full of black magic. The design for the Queen and the Magic Mirror is the best in any adaptation of this fairytale - animated or in real life.
This is the perfect film to start off a long list of Disney's Full Length Animated Feature Films. When comparing this film and the more current ones, you can see how far these films have come and the difference in style. While some of the newer films are great, others are sub-par, and none can surpass those films, including this one, that had Walt Disney's personal touch.
If you are a Disney fan or an animation/family movie genre fan in general, this movie is a must-see for you.
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