Friday, November 8, 2013

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Directors: William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen

Writers: Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm, Ted Sears, Richard Creedon, Otto Englander, Dick Rickard, Earl Hurd, Merrill De Maris, Dorothy Ann Blank, Webb Smith

Composers: Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith

Starring: Roy Atwell, Stuart Buchanan, Adriana Caselotti, Hall Johnson Choir, Eddie Collins, Pinto Colvig, Marion Darlington, Billy Gilbert, Otis Harlan, Lucille La Verne, Scotty Mattraw, Moroni Olsen, Purv Pullen, Harry Stockwell

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Walt Disney's new characters in his first full-length production!

Plot: The first, and by far most memorable full-length animated feature from the Disney Studios, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" may have been superseded technically by many of the films that followed it. But its simple story of a charming little princess saved from the evil deeds of her wicked step-mother, the queen, by a group of seven adorable dwarfs made history when it was first released in December, 1937 and has since become an incomparable screen classic.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Earlier this year I paid a visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.  I'm a HUGE fan of the classic Disney stuff.  Not so much on anything from the mid-70s to the present.  The museum focused on everything Walt up until, but not after, his death in the mid-60s.  It's an amazing experience and I highly recommend everyone to see it if you're ever in the area.  Each month they feature a different classic Disney film in their theater complete with stadium seating and plush red curtains in an effort to make it look more like a traditional movie palace. This was the film for the month I was there and it was an absolute treat seeing this on the big screen.  It's probably been since the 1970s since I saw this and it's amazing how much of my childhood memories of this came flooding back.  It's a fun picture. The score and songs are infectious.  Even at 83 minutes, I was surprised at how much padding there was where entire sequences had no bearing on the story. I only noticed because earlier in the museum there was an exhibit on this film and a portion of it talked about how one of the animators created the soup eating scene only for it to be excised because it didn't further the story.  Hmmmmm.  Anyway, the witch is scary as shit and I can only imagine what effect that had on youngsters in the late 30s.  It's a fun ride.  It's funny how I've had the Blu-ray for quite a while and I've yet to slap it in.  It took being 2500 miles from home to see it.  I'm glad I waited as watching it in a theater jettisoned me back nearly forty years and what a wonderful trip that was.

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