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Encyclopedia > Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
USPS stamp honoring Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Directed by William Cottrell
Wilfred Jackson
Larry Morey
Perce Pearce
Ben Sharpsteen
Written by Dorothy Ann Blank
Richard Creedon
Merrill De Maris
Otto Englander
Earl Hurd
Dick Rickard
Ted Sears
Webb Smith
Based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm
Starring
Produced by Walt Disney
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date February 8, 1938
Runtime 83 min
Language English
Budget $1,488,000 USD (est.)
IMDb page

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions, premiered on December 21, 1937, and was originally released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures on February 8, 1938. Based upon the fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm, the film's plot has a jealous queen attempt to have her stepdaughter murdered, but the girl escapes and is given shelter by seven dwarves who live deep in a forest. Snow White was the first major animated feature made in the United States, the most successful motion picture released in 1938, and, adjusted for inflation, is the tenth highest-grossing film of all time. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Merill De Maris is an artist who worked on Disney Comic Strips for King Features Syndicate. ... Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm The Brothers Grimm (Brüder Grimm) are Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm and were well known for publishing collections of German fairy tales, as Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Childrens and Household Tales), in 1812, with a second volume in 1814 (1815 on the title page), as... Walt Disney Walter Elias Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966), was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1938 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Animation refers to the technique in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... This is a list of theatrical animated feature films produced by Walt Disney Productions/The Walt Disney Company: // Official canon The following is a list of the forty-four feature films officially part of the Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA) canon. ... Walt Disney Productions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1938 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... Snow White (or Snow-White, and in German, Schneewittchen) is the title character of a well known fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. ... Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm The Brothers Grimm (Brüder Grimm) are Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm and were well known for publishing collections of German fairy tales, as Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Childrens and Household Tales), in 1812, with a second volume in 1814 (1815 on the title page), as... A queen regnant is a female monarch. ... A dwarf is a short humanoid creature in Norse mythology, fairy tales, fantasy fiction and role-playing games. ... A dense growth of softwoods (a forest) in the Sierra Nevada Range of Northern California A forest (a. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... 1938 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... This is a non-definitive list of the all-time highest-grossing films. ...

Contents


Crew

The movie was adapted by Dorothy Ann Blank, Richard Creedon, Merrill De Maris, Otto Englander, Earl Hurd, Dick Rickard, Ted Sears and Webb Smith from the fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. The film was supervised by David Hand, and directed by William Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, and Ben Sharpsteen. Merill De Maris is an artist who worked on Disney Comic Strips for King Features Syndicate. ... Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm The Brothers Grimm (Brüder Grimm) are Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm and were well known for publishing collections of German fairy tales, as Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Childrens and Household Tales), in 1812, with a second volume in 1814 (1815 on the title page), as...


History

"Disney's Folly"

Walt Disney had to fight to get the film produced. Both his brother Roy Disney and his wife Lillian attempted to talk him out of it, and the Hollywood movie industry mockingly referred to the film as "Disney's Folly" while it was in production. He even had to mortgage his house to help finance the film's production, which eventually ran up a total negative cost of just over $1.5 million, a whopping sum for a feature film in 1937. Walt Disney Walter Elias Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966), was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. ... Roy Oliver Disney Roy Oliver Disney (June 24, 1893 – December 20, 1971). ... A mortgage (literal translation: death pledge) is a device developed in the common law world, whereby the ownership of property is passed from one person -- the mortgagor -- to another -- the mortgagee in return for the loan of money. ... 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Snow White, which spent three years in production, was the end result of Walt Disney's plan to improve the production quality of his studio's output, and also to find a source of income other than short subjects. Many animation techniques which later became standards were developed or improved for the film, including the animation of realistic humans (with and without the help of the rotoscope), effective character animation (taking characters that look similar--the dwarfs, in this case--and making them distinct characters through their body acting and movement), elaborate effects animation to depict rain, lightning, water, reflections, sparkles, magic, and other objects and phenomena, and the use of the multiplane camera. Snow White is also looked upon as a triumph of storytelling skill in animation. A short film (also short or short subject) is a motion picture that is shorter than the average feature film. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The multiplane camera is a special motion picture camera used in the traditional animation process that moves a number of pieces of artwork past the camera at various speeds and at various distances from one another. ...


Critical and commercial success

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater on December 21, 1937 to a widely receptive audience (many of whom were the same naysayers who dubbed the film "Disney's Folly"), who gave the film a standing ovation at its completion. RKO Radio Pictures put the film into general release on February 4, 1938, and it went on to become a major box-office success, making more money than any other motion picture in 1938. In fact, for a short time, Snow White was the highest grossing film in American cinema history; it was removed from that spot by Gone With the Wind in 1940. December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... February 4 is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1938 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Snow White (or Snow-White, and in German, Schneewittchen) is the title character of a well known fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. ... Gone With the Wind was an instant success. ...


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first full-length animated feature made in English and Technicolor, and won an honorary Academy Award for Walt Disney "as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field." Disney received a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones, presented to him by Shirley Temple. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor, now a division of Thomson. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Walt Disney Walter Elias Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966), was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. ... Shirley Temple in Glad Rags to Ritches Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23, 1928), later known as Shirley Temple Black, was an American film child actress (considered by many to be the most famous child actor in history) and diplomat. ...


The movie was also nominated for Best Music, Score. Well-known songs from the film include: "Heigh-Ho", "Some Day My Prince Will Come", and "Whistle While You Work". From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ...


Re-release schedule and home video

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was first re-released in 1944, in order to raise revenue for the Disney studio during the World War II period. This re-release set a tradition of re-releasing Disney animated features every seven years, and Snow White was re-released to theatres in 1952, 1958, 1967, 1975, 1983, 1987, and 1993. The film was restored for its 1987 fiftieth anniversary re-release; a more comprehensive digital restoration was done for the 1993 re-release. 1944 was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb World War II, also known as the Second World War, was by far the bloodiest, most expensive, and most significant war in... 1952 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1958 was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1975 was a common year starting on ghjgh Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


Snow White was first released on home video in 1994, and was released on DVD in 2001. The Snow White DVD was the first in Disney's Platinum Series line of releases, and featured, across two discs, the digitally restored film, a making-of documentary, an audio commentary by John Canemaker and (via archived audio clips) Walt Disney, and many more special features. The home video business rents and sells videocassettes and DVDs to the public. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... John Canemaker (b. ... Walt Disney Walter Elias Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966), was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. ...


Trivia

  • The names of the dwarves (Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy) were created for this production, chosen from a pool of about fifty potentials.
  • A version with live actors based on the film, titled Snow White: The Fairest of Them All and starring Kristin Kreuk, was made in 2002.
  • A live action martial arts version, called Snow and the Seven will be coming out in 2006
  • Upon seeing the film, Russian director Sergei Eisenstein called it the greatest ever made.
  • There are numerous popular ideas as to the presence of occult significance or symbolism within the movie, mostly centered around the Dwarves themselves. For example, one theory holds that the seven dwarves correspond to the seven chakras (or cakras), and that Snow White represents consciousness moving through them. Other ideas are less philosophically complex, such as correspondences to the altered states of consciousness inherent in the use of certain drugs. In one theory, Snow White is cocaine, which causes exhaustion (Sleepy), mood swings (Happy, Grumpy), allergies (Sneezy) and alteration of personality (Bashful, Dopey) eventually resullting in a trip to the doctor (Doc)). More on this

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Voice cast

Adriana Hitchell Caselotti (May 16, 1916 - January 19, 1997) was an Italian-American actress best known for providing the voice behind the lead charcter in Walt Disneys Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. ... Lucille la Verne was an actress known for her appearances in silent, scolding and vengeful roles in early color films. ... Billy Gilbert was an American comedian and actor most known for his odd and unusual sneeze routines. ... Vance DeBar Pinto Colvig was a vaudeville actor, radio actor, newspaper cartoonist, prolific movie voice actor, and circus performer whose schtick was playing clarinet off-key while mugging. ... Roy Atwell (1878 - 1962) was an American actor, comedian, and composer. ...

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