Movie review. Classic Hollywood Movies. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Yareah Review by Dewey Edward Chester.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures in 1937.
Adapted from the 1854 edition of Grimms’ Fairy Tales, it is ranked as the greatest animated feature movie of all time.
Disney had to fight to get this story produced. The movie industry referred to it as “Disney’s Folly.” His brother and wife tried to talk him out of it, yet he persevered, even mortgaged his home to finance it.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs earned $8 million in 1938, breaking the record as the highest grossing Hollywood sound film, until Gone With The Wind.
At the 11th Academy Awards in 1939, Walt Disney was awarded an Honorary Oscar, and the film was nominated for Best Musical Score.
Well-known songs include: “Whistle While You Work,” “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” and “Heigh-Ho.” It was the first American film to have a sound-track album released with the feature.
The story opens when Snow White is a Princess living with her stepmother; a vain and wicked Queen of the Kingdom.
Fearing Snow White’s beauty surpassing her own, the Queen makes her toil as a maid and then asks a Magic Mirror daily, “Who is the fairest one of all?”
The mirror always affirms her beauty, but one day the Magic Mirror informs the Queen that Snow White is now the fairest in the land.
Jealous, the Queen orders a huntsman to take her into the forest and kill her. She demands the huntsman return with the young girl’s heart in a jeweled box as proof.
The huntsman encounters Snow White but decides not to harm her. He begs forgiveness revealing the Queen wants her dead, then urges that she flee into the woods and never return.
Lost and frightened, Snow White makes friends with woodland creatures who lead her to a cottage.
Inside, seven small chairs convince her the cottage is the untidy home of orphaned children, but she discovers it belongs to seven adult dwarfs: Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey—who work in a nearby mine.
Alarmed when finding their house clean, the dwarfs suspect an intruder. But when they discover Snow White can cook, they welcome her overwhelmingly.
Meanwhile, the Queen finds out the truth when the mirror answers, “Snow White is still the fairest in the land.”
Using magic, the evil Queen creates a poisoned apple to put Snow White into a sleeping trance. She reasons the dwarfs will think her dead and bury her alive.
The Queen goes to the cottage and tricks Snow White to bite the apple. When she falls in deathlike sleep, the Queen proclaims again to be the fairest in the land.
The vengeful dwarfs, alerted by woodland animals, chase the Queen up a cliff and trap her, but lightning strikes, causing her to fall to her death.
The dwarfs return to their cottage where Snow White is in still in slumber by the potion. Unwilling to put her in the ground, they place her in a glass coffin trimmed with gold and keep “eternal vigil.”
A Prince arrives; so saddened that he kisses her lying in the coffin. Suddenly, the spell is broken and Snow White springs to life.
The dwarfs and animals rejoice, as the Prince takes her to his castle that glows in joy and gladness.
Video: Snow White – Heigh-Ho.