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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Adriana Caselotti
Harry Stockwell
Lucille La Verne.
Directors
Screenwriters
Ted Sears
Richard Creedon
Otto Englander
Dick Rickard
Earl Hurd
Merrill De Maris
Dorothy Ann Blank
Webb Smith.
Running Time
82 minutes

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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs


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As one of Disney's longest serving money-spinners - it's been reappearing regularly for a little over half a century - Snow White is probably the company's most deserving cash cow. The story is genuinely well-known (all children's libraries and first year bookshelves boast a couple of copies) and equally popular - it has all the necessary ingredients to impress the under-nines; a wicked witch; a handsome prince; an innocent young girl; and a posse of daft short people (height is important to its prospective audience!)


This animated treatment does it absolute justice too. The spooky bits are suitably scarey - the production dates back to a time before anybody worried about mentally scarring the little mites, thus the "Have a bite, dearie" scene means a lot of excited peeping through fingers - the slapstick humour content is high and it contains none of the period references that crept into later Disney cartoons, thus doesn't appear to have dated. But largely it succeeds because it really is a great deal of fun, and that's largely due to two of the most easily remembered, boisterously sing-a-long numbers in the entire Disney back catalogue : Whistle While You Work and that other one that needs no introduction. Altogether now: "Hiiiiiii Ho! Hiiiiiii Ho!"... (repeat to fade).


Extras

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Released: 01 October 2001
The standard disc would merit top marks on its own; the additional treats on the collectors’ edition go beyond the call of duty. The secret of Disney’s success is that they understand what fun can be had with DVD technology, from the talking Magic Mirror guiding us through the animated menus, to galleries allowing us to choose pictures we’d like to know more about.

The package has something for everyone. The kids have sing-alongs and a game; adults have docs and deleted scenes. There’s also a commentary track stitched together from archive interviews with Uncle Walt himself, plus a ‘making of’ featurette. Add the storyboards, contextual timelines, restoration showcase and publicity materials on the second disc, and the result is a diamond mine of treats.




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Disney's Undisputed Classic

Sublime viewing, and not just for children; Disney's cornerstone, both in terms of cinema and the animation factory's iconography, from the good-versus-evil narrative, mixture of pathos and tragedy, musical interludes, the fantastical fairytale setting, characters and sustainable morals, this is classic storytelling and the very first feature-length animation, proving that change may be risky but crucial. Although its darker for adults who understand its message of the dangers of self-worship an... More

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Disney's Undisputed Classic

Sublime viewing, and not just for children; Disney's cornerstone, both in terms of cinema and the animation factory's iconography, from the good-versus-evil narrative, mixture of pathos and tragedy, musical interludes, the fantastical fairytale setting, characters and sustainable morals, this is classic storytelling and the very first feature-length animation, proving that change may be risky but crucial. Although its darker for adults who understand its message of the dangers of self-worship an... More

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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Did a Disney afternoon with the missus: tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029583/]Snow White And The Seven DwarfsI`ve seen it countless times now and it`s still one of my favorite Disney classics. This time we`ve watched the Dutch version and I have to say that it was pretty well done. /b] ... More

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Darker than you might expect...

The first of Walt Disney's historic features was a pleasure to watch. Beautifully animated with deceptively gentle strokes, we are delicately guided through the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale. But this is still a fairy tale and a 1930's film, made at a time where stories were not so toned down for our children, and a healthy dose of fear and horror was not shied away from. Snow White is definitely a ditsy princess, so innocent that her counter has to be the personification of pure evil and sh... More

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Posted by neopol at 12:52, 02 February 2011 | Report This Post


Although I admire the sheer amount of work that went into this timeless classic, I can't help but feel that Snow White would have been a much better film if she'd just got her tits out for the lads. Or dwarves. ... More

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Posted by JapStrangler at 06:54, 03 December 2009 | Report This Post


Well I like "Heigh Ho", but I also like "Jai Ho" - but which is better...? ... More

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Posted by Duckers at 12:24, 27 November 2009 | Report This Post


It`s been at least 15 years since I last saw Walt Disney`s first full length animation film, and that was in Dutch. Never before had I seen it in English. I was really excited when the news of the dvd and blu-ray released was made public. Yesterday it was the time for it: after about 15 years I was gonna re-visit Snow White again, for the first time in English and in full high definition glory. What a joy it was. From the beginning to ending I watched it with a big smile on my face. A beautifu... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 23:56, 06 November 2009 | Report This Post


Truly, Darkly Magical

Disney's darkest hour is a tribute to sheer excellence, and deserves to be up there in the 'greats' section. A bold, black cinematic masterpiece ... More

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Posted by blaud at 13:22, 03 March 2008 | Report This Post


Probably the best disney animation i've ever read,watched and owned. The witch still creeps me out till today! ... More

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RE: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Four stars?   Not quite a classic, then? ... More

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Best Animated Film Ever

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