Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Director: Dorothy Ann Blank, William Cottrell, Richard Creedon, Merrill de Maris

Cast: Dorothy Ann Blank, William Cottrell, Richard Creedon, Merrill de Maris

     
 

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It was called "Disney's Folly." Who on earth would want to sit still for 90 minutes to watch an animated cartoon? And why pick a well-worn Grimm's Fairy Tale that every schoolkid knows? But Walt Disney seemed to thrive on projects which a lesser man might have written off as "stupid" or "impossible." Investing three years, $1,500,000, and the combined talents of 570… See more details below

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It was called "Disney's Folly." Who on earth would want to sit still for 90 minutes to watch an animated cartoon? And why pick a well-worn Grimm's Fairy Tale that every schoolkid knows? But Walt Disney seemed to thrive on projects which a lesser man might have written off as "stupid" or "impossible." Investing three years, $1,500,000, and the combined talents of 570 artists into Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney produced a film that was not only acknowledged a classic from the outset, but also earned 8,500,000 depression-era dollars in gross rentals. Bypassing early temptations to transform the heroine Snow White into a plump Betty Boop type or a woebegone ZaSu Pitts lookalike, the Disney staffers wisely made radical differentiations between the "straight" and "funny" characters in the story. Thus, Snow White and Prince Charming moved and were drawn realistically, while the Seven Dwarfs were rendered in the rounded, caricatured manner of Disney's short-subject characters. In this way, the serious elements of the story could be propelled forward in a believable enough manner to grab the adult viewers, while the dwarfs provided enough comic and musical hijinks to keep the kids happy. It is a tribute to the genius of the Disney formula that the dramatic and comic elements were strong enough to please both demographic groups. Like any showman, Disney knew the value of genuine horror in maintaining audience interest: accordingly, the Wicked Queen, whose jealousy of Snow White's beauty motivates the story, is a thoroughly fearsome creature even before she transforms herself into an ancient crone. Best of all, Snow White clicks in the three areas in which Disney had always proven superiority over his rivals: Solid story values (any sequence that threatened to slow down the plotline was ruthlessly jettisoned, no matter how much time and money had been spent), vivid etched characterizations (it would have been easier to have all the Dwarfs walk, talk and act alike: thank heaven that Disney never opted for "easy"), and instantly memorable songs (Frank Churchill, Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith and the entire studio music department was Oscar-nominated for such standards-to-be as "Whistle While You Work" and "Some Day My Prince Will Come").

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
UPC:
0091786547926
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1A
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:24:00

Special Features

Hyperion Studios: Audiences are digitally transported to 1937 to discover first-hand the Hyperion Studios, the original studio Walt Disney himself built and where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was conceived and developed. Viewers will virtually walk the halls of this historic landmark experiencing life at Hyperion Studios back in the 1930's. This amazing "Backstage Disney" feature contains newly dimensionalized archival photos, animator recordings, archival transcripts and rare footage of Walt himself revealing how Disney's gifted filmmakers crafted the very first animated feature. ; Magic Mirror: Using the latest in Blu-ray technology, the iconic Magic Mirror guides the audience through the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition features with ease serving as the "host" for an incredibly immersive experience. The Mirror will recognize viewing patterns, knows where the audience has left off and will even suggest where to navigate next. This marks the first use of artificial intelligence in a Disney Blu-ray release and provides viewers the control to personally create a customized Snow White experience. ; DisneyView: Disney's pioneering animated feature is brought to the modern era of widescreen high definition viewing by allowing the user to expand their viewing experience beyond the original aspect ratio of the film. Utilizing Disney Blu-ray™ technology, acclaimed Disney artist Toby Bluth was able to 'draw' beyond the borders of classic full frame cinema and fill the otherwise dark edges of the screen with beautiful custom imagery, giving audiences a new view of their animated classic favorite. ; About Toby Bluth: Disney artist Toby Bluth tells how the movie inspired him to create the superb DisneyView art. ; Mirror, Mirror On The Wall: Through BD-Live, this mirror can find the secret princess inside each viewer with a series of questions, then create for them a personal message from their favorite princess who will call them on the telephone. ; What Do You See?: To win this exciting interactive game, players must untangle scrambled images.; Jewel Jumble: Players put jewels from the Dwarfs' mine in the proper order to win this game.; Scene Stealer: Allows viewers to upload a personal photo and experience life as one of the Seven Dwarfs - on-screen in the actual film.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marge Champion Model for Snow White
Jim MacDonald Yodeling
Scotty Mattraw Bashful
Adriana Caselotti Snow White
Harry Stockwell Prince
Lucille La Verne Queen/Witch
Moroni Olsen Magic Mirror
Billy Gilbert Sneezy
Pinto Colvig Sleepy,Grumpy
Otis Harlan Happy
Roy Atwell Doc
Stuart Buchanan Huntsman
Marion Darlington Bird Sounds
Eddie Collins Voice Only

Technical Credits
Dorothy Ann Blank Director,Screenwriter
William Cottrell Director
Richard Creedon Director,Screenwriter
Merrill de Maris Director,Screenwriter
Walt Disney Director,Producer
David Hand Director
Wilfred Jackson Director
Larry Morey Director,Score Composer
Perce Pearce Director
Dick Richard Director,Screenwriter
Ben Sharpsteen Director
Webb Smith Director,Screenwriter
James Algar Animator
Arthur Babbitt Animator
Bernard Barbutt Animator
Frank Churchill Score Composer
Clark Animator
Tom Codrick Art Director
James Culhane Animator
Ugo D'Orsi Animator
Marc Davis Animator
Otto Englander Screenwriter
Al Eugster Animator
Norman Ferguson Animator
Joe Grant Consultant/advisor
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Hugh Hennesy Art Director
Albert Hunter Consultant/advisor
Earl Hurd Screenwriter
Jack Campbell Animator
Milt Kahl Animator
Ken Anderson Art Director
Ward Kimball Animator
Eric Larson Animator
Dick Lundy Animator
Hamilton Luske Animator
Robert Martsch Animator
Joshua Meador Animator
Harold Miles Art Director
Fred Moore Animator
Maxwell Morgan Cinematographer
Grim Natwick Animator
Kendall O'Connor Art Director
Charles Philippi Art Director
Stan Quackenbush Animator
Wolfgang Reitherman Animator
Bill Roberts Animator
George Rowley Animator
Ted Sears Screenwriter
Hazel Sewell Art Director
Paul J. Smith Score Composer
Fred Spencer Animator
Terrell Stapp Art Director
McLaren Stewart Art Director
Robert Stokes Animator
Gustaf Tengren Art Director
Frank Thomas Animator
Vladimir Tytla Animator
Berny Wolf Animator
Marvin Woodward Animator
Cy Young Animator

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1. Opening Credits
2. Once Upon a Time...
3. The Magic Mirror
4. "I'm Wishing"
5. The Prince ("One Song")
6. The Queen's Evil Plan
7. Flight Through the Forest
8. "With a Smile and a Song"
9. The Dwarfs' Gottage
10. "Whistle While You Work"
11. "Heigh-Ho"
12. Snow White Explores Upstairs
13. The Dwarfs Arrive Home
14. Snow White Wakes up
15. "Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum"
16. Deceived
17. The Queen Prepares a Disquise
18. "The Dwarfs' Yodel Song"
19. Some Day My Prince Will Come"
20. Setting Down for the Night
21. The Poison Apple
22. The Next Morning
23. The Old Peddler Woman
24. The Animals Warn the Dwarfs
25. The Apple
26. A Bedside Vigil
27. Love's First Kiss

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