Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The first of the Disney animated films. Can you name all 7 dwarfs?

PLOT:

The film begins with a prologue:

Once upon a time there lived a lovely little princess named Snow White. Her vain and wicked stepmother the Queen feared that some day Snow White’s beauty would surpass her own. So she dressed the little Princess in rags and forced her to work as a Scullery Maid. Each day the vain Queen consulted her Magic Mirror, ‘Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?’ and as long as the Mirror answered, ‘You are the fairest one of all,’ Snow White was safe from the Queen’s cruel jealousy.

One day, however, the Magic Mirror informs the queen that Snow White, despite her rags, is now the fairest in the land. In addition, the queen observes the arrival of a prince, who serenades the young girl as she gathers water from a well to scrub the grounds. These events fuel the queen’s jealousy, and she orders her huntsman to take Snow White into the woods and kill her. As proof, the queen requires the huntsman to bring back the dead girl’s heart in a jeweled box. The kind-hearted huntsman refuses to commit this murder, and instead urges Snow White to flee into the woods and never come back. The huntsman brings back a pig’s heart for the queen instead.

The frightened princess finds herself lost in the woods and terrified by numerous glowing eyes peering from within the trees and the brush. These are revealed to be the eyes of friendly woodland creatures who befriend Snow White and lead her to a cottage deep in the forest. Finding seven small chairs in the cottage’s dining room, Snow White assumes the cottage is the home of seven children—”Seven untidy children,” she notes, as she finds the cottage in disarray. The princess and the animals band together and clean the cottage, hoping that the good deed will convince the children to let Snow White stay with them.

But it soon becomes apparent that the woodland cottage belongs not to seven children but to seven adult dwarfs, who spend their days working in a nearby diamond mine. Upon returning home at the end of the working day, they are alarmed to find their cottage clean and surmise that a monstrous intruder has invaded their home. The dwarfs then come upon Snow White upstairs, asleep in one of their beds. The princess awakens, introduces herself, and the dwarfs, save for one aptly named Grumpy, welcome her as a house guest, particularly after they learn she can cook and has already prepared dinner. They are less pleased, however, at Snow White’s insistence that they wash up before eating, something they have never done and only do after much apprehension. In a comical scene, the dwarfs are forced to wash Grumpy themselves, as he was refusing to do so himself.

The magic mirror informs the queen that the heart in the box is of a pig, and that Snow White is alive and still the fairest in the land. In a rage she descends to the castle’s dungeon, where she transforms herself into a grizzled old hag, and poisons an apple which, when given to Snow White, will cause her to fall into the ‘Sleeping Death’. The only antidote to this spell is that Snow White can be awakened by “love’s first kiss”. The queen, however, is confident that this will not happen as “the dwarves will think she’s dead” and that “she’ll be buried alive!”. The next morning, after the dwarves have left for the mine, she travels to the cottage, knowing that Snow White will be alone “with a harmless old peddler woman”. When she reaches the house, Snow White’s animal friends sense that the old hag is really the queen in disguise, and so they try to stop her from giving the poisoned apple to Snow White, by knocking it from her hand. They then rush off to the diamond mine, to try and bring the dwarves back to the cottage before the apple is bitten into. However, the queen manages to force the apple onto Snow White by pretending that it is a “magic wishing apple”, and “one bite, and all your dreams will come true”. She bites into the apple and falls lifelessly onto the floor. The queen rejoices in her victory; “now I’llbe fairest in the land!” she cackles. But as she retreats from the cottage, a violent storm erupts, and the dwarves, who have just arrived, chase her through the woods and up the cliffs, where she is eventually trapped on a high-up precipice. As the dwarves climb towards her, she uses a branch to try and lever a huge boulder off the cliff onto the dwarves, yelling “I’ll fix ya! I’ll crush your bones!”. However a large lightning bolt strikes and destroys the precipice, sending the old hag tumbling to her death with the bolder falling backwards to crush her.

After witnessing the Queen’s death, the dwarfs return to their cottage and find Snow White unconcious. Thinking that she may be dead. they cannot bear to bury her; they instead build for her a glass coffin trimmed with gold in a clearing in the forest. The dwarfs and the woodland creatures keep watch over Snow White through the autumn, winter, and spring. One day, the prince learns of her plight and visits her coffin. Captivated by her beauty, he kisses Snow White, waking her up with “love’s first kiss”, the only possible cure for the sleeping death. The dwarfs and animals all rejoice as Snow White and the prince ride off into the sunset, where the couple lives happily ever after in the prince’s castle.

REVIEW:

It’s hard to believe that this film is 100% hand drawn with no computer animation or backgrounds. Because fo that, it is far superior to anything that has come out lately. Sad, but true. Maybe animators should go back to the bare bones of animation and stop letting the computers do all the work!

This movies works on so many levels. First, the Wicked Queen is twisted. She’s one of the top Disney villains, that’s for sure. Snow White is so innocent and naive, its hard not to like and feel sorry for her. The dwarfs provide the perfect comedic foil as well as emergency heroes. Of course, we have to have the dashing prince come in and save the day.

My only complaint is that it ends rather abruptly. That may be sue to this being made in 1937 or other issues realted to being the trailblazing film.

How can you not like and respect this movie? Without it, many of today’s animation would not have been made. It all comes back to this one!

5 out of 5 stars

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