Snow White and the seven dwarfs

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It was called "Disney's Folly." Who on earth would want to sit still for 90 minutes to watch an animated cartoon? And why pick a well-worn Grimm's Fairy Tale that every schoolkid knows? But Walt Disney seemed to thrive on projects which a lesser man might have written off as "stupid" or "impossible". Investing three years, $1,500,000, and the combined talents of 570 artists into Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney produced a film that was not only acknowledged a classic from the outset, but also earned 8,500,000 depression-era dollars in gross rentals. Bypassing early temptations to transform the heroine Snow White into a plump Betty Boop type or a woebegone ZaSu Pitts lookalike, the Disney staffers wisely made radical differentiations between the "straight" and "funny" characters in the story. Thus, Snow White and Prince Charming moved and were drawn realistically, while the Seven Dwarfs were rendered in the rounded, caricatured manner of Disney's short-subject characters. In this way, the serious elements of the story could be propelled forward in a believable enough manner to grab the adult viewers, while the dwarfs provided enough comic and musical hijinks to keep the kids happy. It is a tribute to the genius of the Disney formula that the dramatic and comic elements were strong enough to please both demographic groups. Like any showman, Disney knew the value of genuine horror in maintaining audience interest: accordingly, the Wicked Queen, whose jealousy of Snow White's beauty motivates the story, is a thoroughly fearsome creature even before she transforms herself into an ancient crone. Best of all, Snow White clicks in the three areas in which Disney had always proven superiority over his rivals: Solid story values (any sequence that threatened to slow down the plotline was ruthlessly jettisoned, no matter how much time and money had been spent), vivid etched characterizations (it would have been easier to have all the Dwarfs walk, talk and act alike: thank heaven that Disney never opted for "easy"), and instantly memorable songs (Frank Churchill, Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith and the entire studio music department was Oscar-nominated for such standards-to-be as "Whistle While You Work" and "Some Day My Prince Will Come"). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Grouping Title snow white and the seven dwarfs
Grouping Author walt disney productions
Grouping Category movie
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auth_author2 Atwell, Roy,, Blank, Dorothy Ann,, Caselotti, Adriana, 1916-1997,, Caselotti, Adriana, 1918-1997., Churchill, Frank, 1901-1942,, Collins, Eddie, 1883-1940,, Colvig, Pinto,, Creedon, Richard,, De Maris, Merrill,, Disney, Roy Edward., Disney, Walt, 1901-1966,, Disney, Walt, 1901-1966., Englander, Otto,, Gilbert, Billy, 1893-1971,, Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863., Hand, David, 1900-1986,, Hand, David, 1900-1986., Harlan, Otis, 1865-1940,, Harline, Leigh,, Hurd, Earl, 1880-1940,, La Verne, Lucille, 1872-1945,, La Verne, Lucille, 1872-1945., Mattraw, Scotty,, Olsen, Moroni, 1889-1954,, Olsen, Moroni, 1889-1954., Rickard, Dick,, Sears, Ted,, Smith, Paul J. 1906-1985,, Smith, Webb,, Stockwell, Harry,, Stockwell, Harry, 1902-1984., Streisand, Barbra.
author2-role Atwell, Roy,voice actor., Blank, Dorothy Ann,screenwriter., Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Firm),film distributor., Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Firm)., Caselotti, Adriana,1916-1997,voice actor., Caselotti, Adriana,1918-1997., Churchill, Frank,1901-1942,composer (expression), Collins, Eddie,1883-1940,voice actor., Colvig, Pinto,voice actor., Creedon, Richard,screenwriter., De Maris, Merrill,screenwriter., Disney, Roy Edward., Disney, Walt,1901-1966,film producer., Disney, Walt,1901-1966., Englander, Otto,screenwriter., Gilbert, Billy,1893-1971,voice actor., Grimm, Jacob,1785-1863.Schneewittchen., Hand, David,1900-1986,film director., Hand, David,1900-1986., Harlan, Otis,1865-1940,voice actor., Harline, Leigh,composer (expression), Hurd, Earl,1880-1940,screenwriter., La Verne, Lucille,1872-1945,voice actor., La Verne, Lucille,1872-1945., Mattraw, Scotty,voice actor., Olsen, Moroni,1889-1954,voice actor., Olsen, Moroni,1889-1954., RKO Radio Pictures,film distributor., Rickard, Dick,screenwriter., Sears, Ted,screenwriter., Smith, Paul J.1906-1985,composer (expression), Smith, Webb,screenwriter., Stockwell, Harry,1902-1984., Stockwell, Harry,voice actor., Streisand, Barbra., Walt Disney Pictures,production company., Walt Disney Productions,production company., Walt Disney Productions.
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display_description No film in history has captured the world's imagination like Walt Disney's first full-length animated masterpiece. The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one, the Queen, her jealous stepmother. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White as the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest. There, she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs, Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey. The Queen finds Snow White and tricks her with an enchanted apple. Only the magic of true love's kiss can save her.
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series Disney DVD, Walt Disney signature collection
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subject_facet Animated films, Children's films, Dwarfs -- Juvenile drama, Fairy tales, Fantasy films, Feature films, Fiction films, Film adaptations, Films for the hearing impaired, Forest animals -- Juvenile drama, Forest people -- Juvenile drama, Magic -- Juvenile drama, Musical films, Poisoning -- Juvenile drama, Princesses -- Juvenile drama, Queens -- Juvenile drama, Video recordings for the hearing impaired
title_display Snow White and the seven dwarfs
title_full Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs / a Walt Disney Feature production ; distributed by R.K.O. Radio Pictures Inc. ; supervising director, David Hand ; story adaptation, Ted Sears, Richard Creedon, Otto Englander, Dick Rickard, Earl Hurd, Merrill De Maris, Dorothy Ann Blank, Webb Smith ; producer, Walt Disney, Snow White and the seven dwarfs [videorecording] / Walt Disney Productions ; produced by Walt Disney ; directed by David Hand
title_short Snow White and the seven dwarfs
topic_facet Animated films, Children's films, Dwarfs, Fairy tales, Films for the hearing impaired, Forest animals, Forest people, Magic, Poisoning, Princesses, Queens
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