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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Details

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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, [[Feature~V178189~Snow White~snowwhite]] 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"). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leigh Harline Best Score 1937 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walt Disney Honorary and Other Awards 1938 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Churchill Best Score 1937 Nominee

Cast

Marge Champion
as Model for Snow White
Pinto Colvig
as Sleepy
Pinto Colvig
as Grumpy
Lucille La Verne
as Queen/Witch
Adriana Caselotti
as Snow White
Billy Gilbert
as Sneezy
Moroni Olsen
as Magic Mirror
Otis Harlan
as Happy
Roy Atwell
as Doc
Scotty Mattraw
as Bashful

Crew

Larry Morey
Director
Walt Disney
Director
Ben Sharpsteen
Director
Perce Pearce
Director
Richard Creedon
Director
Webb Smith
Director
William Cottrell
Director
Wilfred Jackson
Director
David Hand
Director
Walt Disney
Producer
Richard Creedon
Screenwriter
Otto Englander
Screenwriter
Earl Hurd
Screenwriter
Webb Smith
Screenwriter
Ted Sears
Screenwriter
Maxwell Morgan
Cinematographer
Leigh Harline
Composer (Music Score)
Frank Churchill
Composer (Music Score)
Larry Morey
Composer (Music Score)
Terrell Stapp
Art Director
Harold Miles
Art Director
Hugh Hennesy
Art Director
Kendall O'Connor
Art Director
Charles Philippi
Art Director
McLaren Stewart
Art Director
Tom Codrick
Art Director
Al Eugster
Animator
Milt Kahl
Animator
Joshua Meador
Animator
Robert Stokes
Animator
James Culhane
Animator
James Algar
Animator
Wolfgang Reitherman
Animator
Cy Young
Animator
Bill Roberts
Animator
Grim Natwick
Animator
Norman Ferguson
Animator
Dick Lundy
Animator
Fred Moore
Animator
Marc Davis
Animator
Ugo D'Orsi
Animator
Vladimir Tytla
Animator
Marvin Woodward
Animator
Berny Wolf
Animator
Hamilton Luske
Animator
Les Clark
Animator
George Rowley
Animator
Robert Martsch
Animator
Ward Kimball
Animator
Maurice Noble
Background Artist
Brice Mack
Background Artist
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