Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Disney's first animated feature takes the Grimms' fairy-tale and turns it into a generally cute fantasy for American kids: Snow White herself might be felt to be almost unbearably winsome, and the anthropomorphic characterisation of the forest creatures soon becomes tiresome. But the animation itself is top-notch, and in a number of darker sequences (Snow White's terrified entry into the forest, for example), Disney's adoption of Expressionist visual devices makes for genuinely powerful drama. Ideologically, however, what remains most intersting, as one writer has noted, is the way Walt's obvious desire to promote the American Way (off to work we go, indeed!) is married - presumably unthinkingly - to a virtual celebration of polygamy in which, moreover, it is a woman, not a man, who lives with seven members of the opposite sex!

By: GA

Release details

Duration: 83 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Hand
Screenwriter: Ted Sears, Otto Englander, Earl Hund, Dorothy Ann Blank, Richard Creedon, Dick Richard, Merrill de Maris, Webb Smith
Cast: Adriana Caselotti
Harry Stockwell
Lucile La Verne
Moroni Olsen

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Anaelle
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This movie definitely didn’t age well.


First off, the pace. Very slow to start and without a real climax (the apple scene doesn’t feel as dramatic since we’ve been preparing for it for so long), the movie fails to bring real tension.


Second, the characters. Except maybe for the Evil Queen, nobody has real internal conflict. They just are. Snow is nice and pretty and gentle and that’s all there is to her. It lacks in depth and reliability.


I know – this is only a kid’s movie. But with other skilled children movies out there that bring so much more, it would be a shame to waste your time on this one.