Sunday, January 23, 2011

Disney Classic: Snow White

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) is the first full-length animated feature from Disney studios. At the time, the Hollywood film industry was convinced that the film was going to be a major flop. Obviously, they were very wrong in their assessment. After its release, the film was a huge success, so successful in fact that, for a while, it was the highest-grossing motion picture of all time at $8.5 million. Remember, this occurred at a time when people only had to pay a dime to see the film, so in today's dollars that amount translates into several hundreds of millions of dollars. The film itself cost $1.4 million to create. It was in production for three years and it utilized more than 750 artists to complete it.

I love Snow White, it's an amazing film. It has the timelessness that the majority of Disney films possess. The score is brilliant. Who doesn't sometimes start whistling, "Whistle While You Work" or that whistling bit in "Heigh-Ho?" The evil Queen/Witch adds enough creepiness to the film to make the film eligible for one of my personal horror movie picks. That lady was mentally unstable to an extreme degree. Clearly, jealousy mixed with vanity is a lethal substance. Who knew being the fairest one of all was that important? Something tells me that if she had succeeded in murdering Snow White, then she still wouldn't be the fairest one of all.


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