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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Fantasy | 4 February 1938 (USA)
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Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.

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Jacob Grimm (fairy tales) (as Grimm), Wilhelm Grimm (fairy tales) (as Grimm) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Roy Atwell Roy Atwell ... Doc (voice) (uncredited)
Stuart Buchanan Stuart Buchanan ... Huntsman (voice) (uncredited)
Adriana Caselotti Adriana Caselotti ... Snow White (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Collins ... Dopey / Chipmunk and Squirrel Sneezes (voice) (uncredited)
Pinto Colvig ... Sleepy / Grumpy / Dopey (hiccups) (voice) (uncredited)
Marion Darlington Marion Darlington ... Birds (voice) (uncredited)
June Foray ... Squirrels (uncredited)
Billy Gilbert ... Sneezy (voice) (uncredited)
Otis Harlan ... Happy (voice) (uncredited)
Lucille La Verne ... Queen / Witch (voice) (uncredited)
James MacDonald James MacDonald ... Yodeling (voice) (uncredited)
Scotty Mattraw Scotty Mattraw ... Bashful (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Birds (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen ... Magic Mirror (voice) (uncredited)
Purv Pullen Purv Pullen ... Birds (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

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 and falling into a deep sleep, only the magic of true love's kiss can save her. Written by Lesley (from the back of the Snow White DVD)

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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

During "The Silly Song", Dopey puts a cymbal over his head and imitates a Chinese man (a gag audiences would find offensive today). Given his isolation and developmental disabilities, it is highly unlikely that Dopey would be aware of the existence of China or of Asian people. 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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Crazy Credits

None of the actors in this film were credited. See more »

Alternate Versions

It has a complicated censorship history in the UK and was once censored. In 1938, it was passed A uncut, meaning it was restricted to viewers aged 16 and over unless accompanied by an adult. In 1953, RKO resubmitted the film in the hope of lowering the original decision to a U for a 1954 re-release. The BBFC refused to do so unless the following cuts were made:
  • Remove sounds of screaming and sight of clutching hands from the forest sequence.
  • Reduce sound effects in the Queen's transformation sequence.
  • Remove the sight of a skeleton in the poison apple sequence.
  • Remove the sound of the witch screaming as she falls from the rocks.
RKO declined to make the cuts so appealed the decision to the local authorities where the film was to be shown - councils have the power to overturn the BBFC's theatrical decisions (which very rarely happens). The results were mixed - some lowered it to a U and others stuck with the BBFC's A decision. For the 1964 re-release, RKO relented and made the cuts, as it would be less confusing for the film to play with the same certificate nationwide. Only in 1987 was it finally passed uncut at U, for the 50th anniversary cinema re-release. Examiners noted that each scare was either followed by a joke within the same scene or a reassuring scene immediately afterwards (e.g. "Thirsty? Have a drink!" when the witch spots the skeleton and kicks a bucket of water at him, or the animals comforting Snow White after her ordeal in the forest). The uncut U decision has been upheld for video submissions in 1994, 1996 and 2009, as well as for cinema in 2016. The current 'insight' (official content description) states it contains "very mild scary scenes, threat". See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Banjo-Kazooie (1998) See more »

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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And then there was Disney,,,
19 January 2004 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the very first animated film featured by Disney and one of the most charming. While it's a bit different from the original fairy tale, Walt Disney took this familiar classic and turned into a family film that is still talked about over 60 years later. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is such a charming film and is another example of beautiful animation and a terrific story that could charm it's way into your heart. I still enjoy watching this film to this day, who could love the seven dwarfs? They all were so funny to watch and are so memorable. They pretty much represent our moods, they're kinda like a mood ring that's put into one room, lol. But Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the perfect family film that is still holding up very well all these years.

Snow White is a lovely princess who one day is just traveling through the forest. She comes across a house where it's a total mess, she decides to clean it as a favor to those who are living there. It turns out that seven dwarfs live there and when they find her, they realize they got a good thing going here, a hot girl who'll clean for them. But not everything is happy, the evil wicked queen wants to be the fairest in the land and Snow White has just beat her by a land slide. So she disguises herself as a witch and offers Snow White an apple, she eats it, and dies. Now the queen's the hottest girl in town, but the dwarfs come up with a clever plan to get her true love, the prince, he must kill the queen and save Snow White so they could live happily ever after.

I'd say that's a nice summary, I try my best anyways. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is just one of the greatest Disney films ever made. It's such a charming film and is very much apart of our pop culture today and as far as films go, this is just a great one. I can't wait to show this to my kids one day, they'll probably laugh thinking how old this movie is that it's hand drawn, but I think that's what makes it so special. The voices, the songs, the animation, everything about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was just beautiful. I highly recommend this, it's a great family film.

10/10


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Official Sites:

Disney [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,499,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,017,914, 17 July 1983

Gross USA:

$184,925,486

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$184,925,486
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)| Dolby Stereo (1993 restoration version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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