Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Roy Atwell, Stuart Buchanan, Adriana Caselotti, Pinto Colvig Movie Review

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Seven Dwarfs for One Fairytale Princess

When the Queen looks in to her magic mirror and learns that her stepdaughter, Snow White, is now the fairest of them all orders the Huntsman to kill her and bring back her heart in a wooden box as proof. But the Huntsman can't bring himself to kill someone as innocent as Snow White and instead tells her to run away as the Queen won't stop. Having become frightened deep in the woods Snow White, befriended by all the wildlife, come across the home of the Seven Dwarfs - Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey who take her in. But when the Queen learns that Snow White is still alive she tricks her with an enchanted apple which leaves her asleep until her true love finds her and awakens her.

It's strange as when ever I have watched Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" part of me has always been a little disappointed by the animation work. But I've just realised what it is specifically about the animation which has always let the movie down for me and that believe it or not is the drawing of Snow White herself. When ever you look at more recent advertising the picture of Snow White is so much greater than the one in the movie and in trying to make her a flawless beauty there is no definition to her face. It is stupid but the almost basic nature of Snow White's face has always let this otherwise perfect Walt Disney animation down.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

And I do mean almost perfect as no matter what I am up to when ever "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is on I end up stopping everything and end up captivated by this old animation. From the animals flocking around Snow White cleaning the house together to the comedy of the Dwarfs and along the way there is plenty of creativity as well with use of shadows and fluffy tails to put a smile on your face. Plus there are all those Walt Disney trademarks with some impressive orchestral movements in the soundtrack.

What this all boils down to is that "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is almost the perfect animation full of comedy, creativity and everything else you would expect from a vintage Walt Disney animation. My only problem is the flaw which comes from trying to draw Snow White as flawless as it becomes basic looking.