What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disney's first animated film does contain a few scenes that might frighten young preschoolers. The scenes with the wicked queen are especially creepy, as are the parts when Snow White runs through the frighteningly enchanted forest, bites the poisoned apple, and when the Queen turns into the old hag. While the violence is far from bloody, the queen does order the huntsman to kill Snow White and bring back her heart. As is to be expected in a film made in 1937, Snow White is a passive damsel in distress who needs to be rescued by her true love, the prince.
- Families can talk about how characters like Snow White might be different if they were created today, and what elements of the story make it a classic fairy tale.
- How is the violence in Snow White different than the violence in other Disney movies?
- Snow White is a traditional damsel in distress. How have depictions of princesses and heroines changed since 1937?
- Why is the Queen jealous of Snow White? Why is being beautiful so important to her?