Below here, for reference, is some additional information on Walt Disney’s 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs movie film:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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Based on: “Snow White” by the Brothers Grimm
Produced by: Walt Disney
Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Roy Atwell, Pinto Colvig, Otis Harlan, Scotty Mattraw, Billy Gilbert, Eddie Collins
Music by: Frank Churchill, Leigh Harline, Paul Smith
Production company: Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by: RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates: December 21, 1937 (Carthay Circle Theatre), February 4, 1938 (United States)
Running time: 83 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $1.5 million
Box office: $418 million
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the 1812 German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, it is the first Disney feature film and the first full color cel animated feature film. The production was supervised by David Hand, and the film’s sequences were directed by Perce Pearce, William Cottrell, Larry Morey, Wilfred Jackson, and Ben Sharpsteen.
Snow White premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on December 21, 1937. Despite initial doubts from the film industry, it was a critical and commercial success and, with international earnings of more than $8 million during its initial release (compared to its $1.5 million budget), it briefly held the record of highest grossing sound film at the time. The popularity of the film has led to its being re-released theatrically many times, until its home video release in the 1990s. Adjusted for inflation, it is one of the top ten performers at the North American box office and the highest grossing animated film. Worldwide, its inflation adjusted earnings top the animation list.
Snow White was nominated for Best Musical Score at the Academy Awards in 1938, and the next year, producer Walt Disney was awarded an honorary Oscar for the film. This award was unique, consisting of one normal sized, plus seven miniature Oscar statuettes. They were presented to Disney by Shirley Temple.
In 1989, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it as one of the first 25 films for preservation in the National Film Registry. The American Film Institute ranked it among the 100 greatest American films, and also named the film as the greatest American animated film of all time in 2008. Disney’s take on the fairy tale has had a significant cultural effect, resulting in popular theme park attractions, a video game, a Broadway musical, and an upcoming live action film.
Having lost both of her parents at a young age, Snow White is a princess living with her wicked and cold hearted stepmother, the Queen. Fearing that Snow White’s beauty will outshine her own, the Queen forces her to work as a scullery maid and asks her Magic Mirror daily “who is the fairest one of all”. For years, the mirror always answers that the Queen is, pleasing her.
One day, Snow White meets and falls in love with a prince who overhears her singing. On that same day, the Magic Mirror informs the Queen that Snow White is now the fairest in all of the land. Angered, the Queen orders her Huntsman to take Snow White into the forest, kill her, and bring back her heart in a jeweled box as proof. The Huntsman cannot bring himself to kill Snow White and reveals to her the Queen’s plot. He then urges her to flee into the woods and never return.
Lost and frightened, Snow White is befriended by woodland animals who lead her to a cottage deep in the woods. Finding seven small chairs in the cottage’s dining room, Snow White assumes the cottage is the untidy home of seven orphaned children. With the animals’ help, she proceeds to clean the place and cook a meal. Snow White soon learns that the cottage is the home of seven dwarfs named Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey, who work in a nearby mine. Returning home, they are alarmed to find their cottage clean, and suspect that an intruder has invaded their home. Snow White introduces herself, and the dwarfs welcome her after she offers to clean and cook for them. Snow White keeps house for the dwarfs while they mine for jewels during the day and at night, they all sing, play music, and dance.
Back at the castle, the Magic Mirror reveals that Snow White is still living, and with the dwarfs. Enraged that the Huntsman tricked her, the Queen creates a poisoned apple that will put whoever eats it into a death like sleep. She learns the curse can be broken by “love’s first kiss”, but is certain Snow White will be buried alive before this can happen. Using a potion to disguise herself as an old hag, the Queen goes to the cottage while the dwarfs are away. The animals see through the disguise, but are unable to warn Snow White; they rush off to find the dwarfs. The Queen fools Snow White into biting into the apple, and she falls into a death like slumber.
The dwarfs return with the animals as the Queen leaves the cottage, and give chase, trapping her on a cliff. She tries to roll a boulder onto them, but lightning strikes the cliff before she can do so, causing her to fall and get crushed to death by the boulder. In their cottage, the dwarfs find Snow White asleep by the poison. Unwilling to bury her in the ground, they instead place her in a glass coffin in the forest. Together with the animals, they keep watch over her.
The following spring, the prince learns of Snow White’s eternal sleep and visits the coffin. Saddened by her apparent death, he kisses her, which breaks the spell and awakens her. The dwarfs and animals all rejoice as the prince takes Snow White to his castle.
Walt Disney introduces each of the Seven Dwarfs in the film’s original 1937 theatrical trailer.
Adriana Caselotti as Snow White, an innocent and pure hearted young princess who is forced to hide from her stepmother’s jealousy in the cottage of the seven dwarfs.
Lucille La Verne as the Queen, Snow White’s vain and envious stepmother who seeks to become the “fairest one of all”. Disney publications of the 1930s, such as the film’s comic strip adaptation, indicate that her actual name is Grimhilde.
La Verne also voiced the Witch, the Queen’s alter ego that she uses to deceive Snow White.
Roy Atwell as Doc, the pompous yet good hearted leader of the seven dwarfs, who is prone to using malapropisms when he speaks.
Pinto Colvig as Grumpy, the most stubborn and easily irritated of the dwarfs, who initially dislikes Snow White but grows to care for her as the film progresses.
Colvig also voiced Sleepy, the most relaxed and drowsiest of the dwarfs.
Otis Harlan as Happy, the most cheerful and optimistic of the dwarfs.
Scotty Mattraw as Bashful, the most sentimental and shyest of the dwarfs.
Billy Gilbert as Sneezy, a dwarf who suffers from hay fever.
Eddie Collins as Dopey, the clumsiest and most childlike of the dwarfs, who communicates through sounds and pantomime instead of speaking.
Harry Stockwell as the Prince, a romantic young man who falls in love with Snow White and later saves her with a true love’s first kiss.
Moroni Olsen as the Magic Mirror, a mystical object containing the Queen’s familiar demon, from whom she learns that Snow White has become the “fairest one of all”.
Stuart Buchanan as the Huntsman, the Queen’s reluctant servant, whom she orders to kill Snow White. At one point of the film’s development, he was intended to be named Humbert.