51 Days of Disney (Day 1): Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

In a cheap publicity stunt attempt to share more of my views (and the fact that I have not actually seen all 50 numbered Disney films), I have decided to review every single one over the course of 50 days, just in time for the release of Winnie the Pooh on July 15th. They will be reviewed in numbered order and will all be reviewed in a similar structure. Let’s get this party started with the film that started it all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The version I watched is the 2010 Blu-Ray with DisneyView on.

The film is, of course, based off of the Grimm Fairy Tale of the same name and holds the honor of being the first feature length, cel-animated film in the history of cinema. Due to this fact, when a lot of critics found out what Walt was working on at his original studio, they believed it wouldn’t work. They thought that no one would want to sit through a hour-and-a-half cartoon!

Oh how they were wrong.

Not only was the film a runaway success, it grossed so much money that it allowed the Disney’s to build a completely new studio to account for it’s monumental growth in the 30’s. In fact, the film was the only Disney film until the 1950’s that actually made money for the studio hand over fist (I will get into this in later installments of this series).

The film was incredibly experimental, not only because of the numerous firsts that it holds on it’s belt, but also for the fact that it was the first time that there were fairly realistic depictions of humans in a Disney film. Up to that point, if there were humans in a Disney film (or in any other animated film from any other studio) they tended to be incredibly stylized and “cartoony.” Human characters like Popeye and Betty Boop were the kings and queens of the animated silver screen, and there are very few people who would say that they are anywhere near anatomically correct. Snow White, the Queen, the Prince, and even to some extent the dwarfs themselves and the old crone were all based off of real human anatomy. In fact, a large majority of the film started as rotoscoped drawings in order to make the characters move like real people. That being said, they only used the rotoscoped drawings as a base. Everything was animated off of those original drawings.

The score by Frank Churchill, Paul Smith, and Leigh Harline is fantastic, the songs are fun and memorable, and the voice acting (besides Snow White sometimes) is equally as good. There is really only one thing in the film that I do not like, and that is the fact that Snow White’s voice, while being beautiful at times, can be the most grating sound known to man.

Talking about this movie, like talking about other films of amazing quality, is a little defeating. There is only so much praise that someone can give without it getting a little annoying. Please give me some feedback as to whether or not you guys want me to go into more depth about the movies themselves and the history behind them.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by This is a name. on 30/05/2011 at 11:11 pm



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