83 Min. | Animation – Family – Fantasy | December 1937
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Directors: William Cottrell, David Hand
Staring: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Review: Where would the animation world be without the humongous success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? If Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs failed back in 1937, there would be no Disney Company today, no Lion King, and no Disneyland. Disney’s Folly, as critics first called it, would probably have scared any other industry from attempting such an ambitious and innovative project. Pixar may not have ever had the chance to put out their groundbreaking features, and even the Disney – and fairy tale-bashing Shrek may never have been made if Snow White didn’t set the course for the world of the animated feature. There must have been tremendous pressure on everyone involved in the making of Snow White, but they did not disappoint. The end result includes a timeless story, classic songs, and beautiful imagery that will live on for future generations to enjoy.
In fact, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was only the second movie that captured my nieces’ full attention spans (The Lion King being the first). The story was great but not perfect. It’s not as exciting or filled with as much witty remarks as today’s animated features, but as soon as the dwarfs are introduced, the movie takes on an endearing lighter side. For the record. All the songs stand out in their own way. The colors are rich and lively, and the multi-plane camera does add some great depth to the movie. It’s a very simple but thoroughly captivating story. In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the characters are superb and wildly likable. They are marvellously given life by the great work of the cartoonists and the actors who voiced them. This is an excellent collection of some very fine voice actors, especially Adriana Caselotti as Snow White. She sings like an angel and her innocent voice is very lovely indeed. The music is well suited to the story and memorable, particularly the infamous ‘Hi Ho’ song.
As you can tell, for an animation and Disney fan like myself, Snow White is a perfect milestone in the movie world. Even compared to the animation and storytelling styles of today, Snow White still stands the test of time. Kudos to everyone involved in this picture as their work will live on forever. A couple negatives in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Snow White’s voice was a bit annoying. Some parents may want to be cautious of the Wicked Queen’s scene. She mixes a potion and casts a spell. There are skeletons and skulls that were obviously human at one time. The Disney version of the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale is colorful in animation, as are its musical numbers and lively characters. A true sense in the word classic.