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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [1937] (2 discs)
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Director:Ben Sharpsteen
David Hand
Larry Morey
Perce Pearce
Wilfred Jackson
William Cottrell
Writer:Dick Rickard
Dorothy Ann Blank
Earl Hurd
Merrill De Maris
Otto Englander
Richard Creedon
Ted Sears
Webb Smith
Composer:Frank Churchill
Leigh Harline
Paul J. Smith
Songs:Frank Churchill
Larry Morey
Length:83 minutes
(1 hour 23 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Kids
IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:98%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Kids
  • Cartoon
  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • Drama
  • Family
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Synopsis: Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs, but the queen learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple.


Reaction: A well told story and let's not forget that this is the movie that started it all.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Ben Sharpsteen => Director
David Hand => Director
Larry Morey => Director / Songs
Perce Pearce => Director
Wilfred Jackson => Director
William Cottrell => Director
Dick Rickard => Writer
Dorothy Ann Blank => Writer
Earl Hurd => Writer
Merrill De Maris => Writer
Otto Englander => Writer
Richard Creedon => Writer
Ted Sears => Writer
Webb Smith => Writer
Frank Churchill => Composer / Songs
Leigh Harline => Composer
Paul J. Smith => Composer
Jacob Grimm => Fairy Tale (as Grimm)
Wilhelm Grimm => Fairy Tale (as Grimm)
Adriana Caselotti => Snow White (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Gilbert => Sneezy (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Collins => Dopey / Chipmunk and Squirrel sneezes (voice) (uncredited)
Hall Johnson Choir => Finale Chorus (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Stockwell => Prince (voice) (uncredited)
Lucille La Verne => Witch (voice) (uncredited) / Queen
Marion Darlington => Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen => Magic Mirror (voice) (uncredited)
Otis Harlan => Happy (voice) (uncredited)
Pinto Colvig => Sleepy / Grumpy / Dopey blowing bubbles (voice) (uncredited)
Purv Pullen => Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Roy Atwell => Doc (voice) (uncredited)
Scotty Mattraw => Bashful (voice) (uncredited)
Stuart Buchanan => Huntsman (voice) (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Spoonerizing comedian [?] Joe Twerp was earlier considered for the role of Doc, according to the DVD supplementary material. The part went to Roy Atwell instead, but Twerp did perform as the voice of Doc on the radio.
  • The film was also going to include all three of the Queen's assassination attempts (poison comb, bodice suffocation and the poison apple) but eventually streamlined it to just the apple instead. Up until very late in production, just the bodice was cut, with the comb remaining.
  • Sterling Holloway, who later appeared in many Walt Disney films, was considered for the role of Sleepy.
  • Dopey initially was to talk with the voice of Mel Blanc, but was made mute instead. The same happened with Gideon in Pinocchio, though Blanc actually was the one who did the vocal effects for that. Some animators were opposed to the name Dopey, claiming that it was too modern a word to use in a timeless fairy tale. Walt Disney made the argument that William Shakespeare used the word in one of his plays. This managed to convince everyone, although any reference to the term "dopey" is yet to be found in any of Shakespeare's work.
  • Convinced that it would fail, the Hollywood film industry labeled the film "Walt Disney's Folly".
  • When comedian Billy Gilbert found out that one of the dwarfs' names was Sneezy he called up Walt Disney and gave him his famous sneezing gag and got the part.
  • To keep the animators' minds working, Walt Disney instituted his "Five Dollars a Gag" policy. One notable example of this policy is when Ward Kimball suggested that the dwarfs' noses should pop one by one over the foot boards while they were peeking at Snow White.
  • [?] Roy O. Disney created the sound of the floor creaking with Dopey's slow footsteps by slowly bending an empty leather wallet back and forth.
  • Fifty ideas for the dwarfs' names and personalities were listed in the film's proposal; the list included all of the names finally included except Dopey and Doc (Dopey being the last to be developed). Some of the dwarfs were: Awful ("He steals and drinks and is very dirty"), Biggy-Wiggy or Biggo-Ego, Blabby, Deefy, Dirty, Gabby, Gaspy, Gloomy, Hoppy-Jumpy, Hotsy, Jaunty, Nifty, and Shifty. Sneezy was a last-minute replacement for Deefy. Other named considered for the dwarfs included Busy, Crabby, Daffy, Dumpy, Flabby, Helpful, Lazy, Scrappy, Sniffy, Snoopy, Stubby, Thrifty, and Wheezy.
  • The Prince was originally a much more prominent character, but the difficulty found in animating him convincingly forced the animators to reduce his part significantly. Allan Jones, [?] Douglas McPhail, [?] Dennis Morgan and [?] Felix Knight auditioned for the role of the Prince.
  • When the movie was released, it was generally accepted that the correct plural form of "dwarf" was "dwarfs". J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit (published a year earlier) and later [Lord of the Rings] gradually popularized the uncommon variant "dwarves", so that the dwarfs in this movie are today often erroneously referred to as "dwarves" and the title even given as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
  • Adolf Hitler's favorite film along with King Kong and Sun Valley Serenade.
  • Held the title of highest grossing film ever for exactly one year, after which it was knocked out of the top spot by Gone with the Wind. Ends up being the highest-grossing animated film of all time, adjusted for inflation.
  • The "special" Academy Award granted to the picture consisted of one regular sized award and seven smaller sized awards.
  • Walt Disney wanted to keep Snow White's voice as a special one-time sound, and held Adriana Caselotti to a very strict contract. Except for a tiny bit part in The Wizard of Oz, she never had a real singing part in a movie again, though she was a classically trained singer.
  • At a recording session, Lucille La Verne, the voice of the Wicked Queen, was told by Walt Disney's animators that they needed an older, raspier version of the Queen's voice for the Old Witch. Ms. Laverne stepped out of the recording booth, returned a few minutes later, and gave a perfect "Old Hag's voice" that stunned the animators. When asked how she did it, she replied, "Oh, I just took my teeth out."
  • Harry Stockwell, who voices the Prince, was the father of actors [?] Guy Stockwell and Dean Stockwell.