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, the magic of the prince's true love's kiss brings her back awake.Written by
Lesley (from the back of the Snow White DVD)
For Queen Grimhilde's other form as an old hag, the animators had to create new body language and facial expressions. Designer Joe Grant used Lucille La Verne's body language as a visual reference. He claimed that he also took inspiration for her design from one of his female neighbors. See more »
When Snow White is kissing all the dwarfs' foreheads, before she kisses Dopey, we hear her say "Oh, Dopey!", but her lips never move. 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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None of the actors in this film were credited. See more »
The Special Edition DVD includes five deleted scenes:
An argument between Grumpy and Doc over whether Snow White goes or stays.
A song ("Music in Your Soup") in which the Dwarfs sing about the soup Snow White just made, she shows them how to eat properly, and Dopey swallows his spoon, which the other Dwarfs manage to kick out of him, along with the bar of soap he had also inadvertently ingested from the scene where the Dwarfs wash their hands.
The Dwarfs discuss what to make as a present for Snow White (Happy proposes a crown with precious jewels, Bashful suggests a golden harp with angels on it, Doc proposes a coach with six white horses, and Grumpy suggests a mop), until Sneezy declares making a bed, then they agree unanimously.
The Dwarfs make the bed for Snow White.
The witch brewing the cauldron for the poison apple.
Quite simply, this one reigns supreme. Although much of the praise this film receives, may be due to the fact that it was it's creator's first attempt at an animated feature, I think it's obvious merits and artistic triumphs are enough to maintain it's place at the top.
First, there is the artwork, which is stunning. The color isn't at it's most vibrant, such as with, say, "Cinderella" (1950), but it is suitable and lovely all the same. A virtual watercolor painting come to life. The details in the animation never fail to amaze. Just look at the raindrops in the chase sequence towards the end. Look how they hit the rocks, and slip away. Such attention to detail was rarely matched in an animated feature, except maybe, in "Pinocchio" (1940).
The characters are of various degrees of interest, with Snow White, probably the least of these. The dwarfs are all charming, and it is they who carry the film during their screentime with the princess. However, one should not deny, that the true star of this film, is the evil queen. Both in her presence of glamour, and in her transformation as an old crone, she is fascinating to watch. I don't believe another Disney villian has ever been both frightening and enchanting, like she has.
Lastly, the music in this film is truly memorable. The "Heigh Ho" sequence is visually impressive, and the dwarfs song as they bathe is a great comedy bit. Not to mention Snow White's anthem "Someday My Prince Will Come"; another gem in the Disney library.
All in all, a tremendous production. Beautiful, thrilling, and memorable.
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