Classic Film Guide

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Walt Disney's first full length animated feature film features an Oscar nominated Score by Frank Churchill (among others) that includes: "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (#19 on AFI's 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time), "Whistle While You Work", and "Heigh Ho". Mr. Disney also earned an Honorary Award from the Academy. The film is #49 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movies List and The Queen is AFI’s #10 villain. It was added to National Film Registry in 1989. Based on Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Brothers)’s story, and adapted by Ted Sears, Richard Creedon, Otto Englander, Dick Rickard, Earl Hurd, Merrill De Maris, Dorothy Ann Blank, and Webb Smith, this essential family classic features the voice talents of more than a dozen actors to play the various roles including Roy Atwell as Doc, Adriana Caselotti as Snow White, Eddie Collins as Dopey, Pinto Colvig as Sleepy and Grumpy, Billy Gilbert as Sneezy, Otis Harlan as Happy, Scotty Mattraw as Bashful, Lucille La Verne as the Queen, and Moroni Olsen as the "mirror, mirror, on the wall".

The Queen insists on being the "fairest of them all", but when her magic mirror tells her that there is another, she orders her huntsman to find ‘this’ Snow White, take her into the woods, and kill her! But the huntsman is unable to carry out his assignment and instead tells her to run, hide, and never return to the castle. Frightened, she runs deep into the forest where she happens upon a small cottage and promptly falls asleep. She is awakened by seven curious dwarfs with distinct personalities; they are miners who live sloppily in the cottage. But Snow White happily becomes their house-cleaner and cook; all live happily and platonically together until the Queen asks her magic mirror that same fateful question once again and learns that Snow White is still alive! So, she creates a potion that turns her into a old woman and another with which to poison an apple she hopes to entice the young beauty to eat. While the men are away in the mines one day, the disguised Queen ventures to the cottage and gives the poisoned apple to Snow White, who takes but one bite whereupon she falls into a deep sleeping death spell from which only "love's first kiss" can awaken her. The dwarves put her into a glass case, but a prince discovers her, kisses her and breaks the spell whereby (we presume) they happily ever after.

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