The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one - her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs - Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love's kiss can save her.Written by
Lesley (from the back of the Snow White DVD)
The first ever Disney animated feature film, which is as per usual where the score has been done by a recurring composer, in fact Frank Churchill, Leigh Harline, and Paul J. Smith became as such starting with this film, later in the future Oliver Wallace and Edward H. Plumb both did so starting with Dumbo (1941) and Bambi (1942) respectively, Charles Wolcott and Eliot Daniel did the same thing starting with films that were released during the Wartime Era, George Bruns and Buddy Baker also did so starting with Sleeping Beauty (1959) and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) respectively, then Alan Menken and Danny Elfman became recurring composers starting with The Little Mermaid (1989) and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) respectively, then Mark Mancina, James Newton Howard, John Debney, and Alan Silvestri did so starting with Tarzan (1999), Dinosaur (2000), The Emperor's New Groove (2000), and Lilo & Stitch (2002) respectively, even Henry Jackman and Christophe Beck did this starting with Winnie the Pooh (2011) and the first two Frozen films respectively, and Alexandre Desplat would eventually become one starting with undisclosed features in the 2020s. See more »
Doc's lantern disappears when he and the other dwarfs reach the house after their work in the mine. See more »
Slave in the magic mirror, come from the farthest space, through wind and darkness I summon thee. Speak! Let me see thy face.
What wouldst thou know, my Queen?
Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?
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.
Alas for her! Reveal her name.
Lips red as the rose. Hair black as ebony. Skin white as snow.
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My sincere appreciation to the members of my staff whose loyalty and creative endeavor made possible this production - (signed) Walt Disney See more »
Non-English versions show the names on the Seven Dwarfs' beds and the Evil Queen's spell books written in the language of the country of release (i.e., German in Germany, Italian in Italy, French in France, etc.). See more »
Still one of the all-time great animated classics...
My mother kept an old clipping for years describing SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS when it opened at Radio City Music Hall and received a rave review from newspaper columnist Westbrook Pegler.
He usually wrote about politics but on this occasion he took time to devote an entire review to Disney's new film. He called it a "masterpiece" and said that when the projectionist slipped those reels of film on the projector, the audience at the Music Hall witnessed one of the greatest motion pictures ever made.
Coming from him, that was high praise indeed. And seeing the film now, restored for its video bow, we can appreciate his words. There are faults, to be sure, but basically it has to be admired for the innovative techniques it used in the art of animation. There are memorable sequences thanks to daring use of the multiplane camera: Snow White's flight through the woods, the Queen and her Magic Mirror, the Queen in the thunderous transformation scene as the camera seems to whirl around her, the Dwarfs in the mine and their march over the bridge as they sing "Heigh-Ho", the dwarfs chasing the witch in the thunderstorm. Even the rippling effects of the water in the wishing well scene.
And, of course, there are the genuinely comic moments that made even the great Charlie Chaplin applaud in admiration. Dopey's antics are always a delight, as are Doc's and Grumpy's. All of the dwarfs are given inventive and funny things to do.
The music is a standout: Someday My Prince Will Come, Heigh-Ho, I'm Wishing, The Yodel Song, etc. The young in heart will always love this classic. It belongs in the top tier of Disney's crown jewels, along with Pinocchio, Bambi, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.
Summing up: an inspired work of art on every level that will remain a timeless classic.
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