#108 Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)

At last! My favorite Disney animated film is next on this list! I get so many flashback memories of seeing this film when I was little and singing the songs. ♪Some day my prince will come! Some day…♪ Ummm…anyways….Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is about a princess who hides out with seven dwarves to escape her jealous wicked step-mother. 

Introducing not only Walt Disney’s first feature film but the first feature film ever! The mastery behind the film such as the colors, the cute animals, the charming characters, the special effects! There’s nothing to hate about this film! I even like the detail put into the body/facial gestures in order to make it all look more real. It helps that actors acted out the scenes first and then the sequences were traced over the live action sequences- all a method called rotoscope. So we see Snow White who looks like you could eat her up with a spoon because of how sweet she is. She lives with her wicked stepmother who she needs to make a break for it considering she is on her hate list after being told by a magic mirror that she is more beautiful than her. Snow White meets seven dwarves who decide to take her in. I love how each dwarf has their own individual personalities, making them all the more memorable. Who is your favorite dwarf? Dopey will always be my favorite.

I love the scene where he constantly wants more kisses goodbye from Snow White when they’re about to leave! How cute! This whole movie is just full of cute such as the furry animals that Snow White meets along her journey to find shelter. Walt Disney was always an expert in putting human-like qualities in his animals to make us love them all the more. I remember when I was little how I would attempt to put a bird on my finger the way Snow White does. Yeah, Disney films can kinda be misleading so don’t be fooled:) This is a film that inspired young girls everywhere that one day, your prince will come and that you’ll hopefully be lucky enough to have friends like the seven dwarfs. 

The reason why Walt Disney decided to take his chance making the first animated feature film was because while his animated short films were successful, they did not help so much with bringing in the dough for the company. Cartoons back then were just considered a fun little sketch to see in theaters before the movie started. There were a lot of challenges that him and his company were not afraid to tackle such as using a bigger field size and new drawing boards. This was also the first time that a multi-plane camera was used in order for the images to be manipulated on each cel at different speeds. Can you guess how many animators were used in the making of this film? 750! Remember, there were no computers back then. It all had to be drawn by hand. Do any of you miss animation that’s like this? After three years, Snow White was released and loved by all with Walt Disney winning an Honorary Award at the Academy Awards.

The most epic scene for me was the forest scene where Snow White gets terrified at all of the animals in the dark forest. When this scene was first shown, little kids would wet their pants at each showing! Were you scared when you first saw the scene? Even at Radio City Music Hall, they had to change the music so kids wouldn’t get frightened. I love how that scene showed a well-constructed montage of the trees branches grabbing at her as if they were large hands followed by the constant flashing of the animals’ eyes. Reminds me a lot of The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy is trying to escape from the winged monkeys. This scene shows that not everything is what it seems. The animals saw in Snow White what we all saw- a delicate, precious teenager who just wants to feel safe. If only we all had tiny critters who would help us with our household chores! 

If you haven’t seen this film already, get right on it! I unfortunately couldn’t find a copy online but you can buy it for $19.99 on Amazon. Please comment what you think and watch this trailer for the Walt Disney masterpiece: 

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