Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Parent Guide
More than 50 years have passed since Walt Disney created Snow White, yet the production's abundance of charm and artistic uniqueness still make it one of "the fairest in all the land."
Parent Movie Review
Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has left a giant impression on film history. This first full-length, color animation ever to grace the silver screen, has captured the heart and imagination of generation after generation of movie watchers— even though critics warned Walt that making an 84 minute “cartoon” was pure folly.
In his adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale, the princess Snow White (voice of Adriana Caselotti) is forced to work as a servant in her own castle, because her wicked stepmother (voice of Lucille La Verne) does not want to lose her place as the Queen (or as “the fairest in the land”). When warned of the vain usurper’s desire to kill her, the pale-skinned girl runs away to the forest and takes refuge in the home of seven dwarfs. Unfortunately, the Queen’s magic mirror (voice of Moroni Olsen) reveals her hiding place, and the murderous monarch brews up a plan to be rid of Snow White forever.
Although the animators thought it might be too shocking for the audience to see the naïve royal take a bitter bite of the poisonous apple that casts her into endless sleep, parents should be reminded that some young viewers may still be frightened by a few of the portrayals in this perilous plot.
Yet when a movie manages to last through the toils of time like Snow White has, it is interesting to ask, “What has made it work so well, for so long?”
Besides the amazing technical achievements, perhaps it is because the film is imbued with a gentleness that flows from the hand painted cells through to the simple musical numbers. Snow White also offers a glimpse of the beauty of human kindness. Despite the oppression she has endured, the young woman expresses her caring by the acts of service she performs for her tiny hosts. The dwarfs, who melt under her warm affection, return her goodness with a desire to protect her.
The patterns established here work so well that they can be seen in the many Disney movies that followed. Look for a similar wicked witch in Sleeping Beauty and an evil stepmother in Cinderella. The fair maiden and handsome-though-characterless prince are also stereotypical in several of Walt’s animated tales.
While today’s consumers may point out that the needy protagonist presented here hardly represents an independent woman, or that the humorous depictions of the little men might be viewed as politically incorrect, it is hard to criticize the intentions of this good-overcomes-evil story. More than half of a century has passed since its conception and still the production’s abundance of charm and artistic uniqueness make it one of “the fairest in all the land.”Directed by William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen. Starring Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell, Eddie Collins. Running time: 84 minutes. Theatrical release February 4, 1938. Updated July 17, 2017
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Parents' Guide
Snow White offers an interesting time-capsule-like portrait of the ideal 1930s woman. How does she compare to some of Disney’s later female characters, such as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, or Jasmine in Aladdin. (Note in particular costumes and body sizes.)
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The most recent home video release of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs movie is February 2, 2016. Here are some details…Home Video Notes: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Signature Edition
Release Date: 2 February 2016 (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs releases in a Signature Edition with the following extras:
- In Walt’s Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – For the first time ever, hear Walt himself talk about Snow White.
- Iconography – Explore how this film influences pop culture, art, and fashion.
- @DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess – Modern day Disney artists discuss the design of Snow White and how it influenced the look of some of your favorite Disney characters.
- The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Facts You May Now Know About Snow White – Disney Channel star Sofia Carson reveals seven intriguing facts about Snow White.
- Snow White in Seventy Seconds – Rap along with this hip reimagining of the story.
- Alternate Sequence: The Prince Meets Snow White – A never–before-seen story board sequence where the Prince meets Snow White.
- And Much More!
Home Video Notes: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition
Release Date: 6 October 2009 (Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack), 24 November 2009 (Standard Definition DVD)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is being released in two different formats (Blu-ray and DVD) at two different times. (The Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack is releasing first, perhaps as an incentive to any fence sitters considering switching to the new format.) Both versions will be on sale for a limited time only.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack (releasing October 6, 2009) provides a copy of Walt Disney’s first full-length animation masterpiece in both presentations. Bonus materials include:
- Full-length feature film on DVD disc with restored picture and soundtrack
- Audio commentary by John Canemaker.
- Music Video Some Day My Prince Will Come, by Tiffany Thornton.
- Sneak Peak at Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.
- Full-length feature film on Blu-ray Disc with audio tracks in DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (English).
- DisneyView turns Snow White’s original aspect ratio into widescreen.
- Music Video
- Sneak Peak at Disney’s The Princess and the Frog
Other bonus materials include:
Backstage Disney Featurettes:
- Hyperion Studios (take a digital tour of the original Walt Disney studio where Snow White was conceived).
- Snow White Returns (newly discovered storyboards).
- The One that Started It All (learn more about how the production impacted film history).
- About Toby Bluth and his artistic work to create the widescreen version of the movie.
- Disney Through the Decades.
Interactive Features: Let the Magic Mirror act as your host for navigating the Blu-ray disc, and become one of the seven dwarfs in Scene Stealer.
-Heigh-Ho Karaoke sing-along.
Games: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Jewel Jumble, Dopey’s Wild Mine Ride and What Do You See?