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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

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  Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Review
Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
9.82 /10
Voices: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucilla La Verne
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Directed by: David Hand
Written by: Ted Sears, Otto Englander, Earl Hurd, Dorothy Ann Blank, Richard Creedon, Dick Richard, Merrill de Maris, Webb Smith, from the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale. Songs by Frank Churchill and Larry Morey.

Released: 1937
Origin: US
Length: 82


Pleasant girl with talent for housekeeping shacks up with vertically challenged backwoodsmen, and discovers that diamond miners are a girl's best friend.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Until recently, most of us had seen only old, faded prints of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; but the wonders of digital technology resulted in a brand-new version which returns to the original, ravishing colours enjoyed by audiences in 1938. With a cleaned up soundtrack and the benefits of modern speakers and wide-screen projection, this classic looks and sounds better than ever. Walt Disney's first feature-length cartoon is among the most important and innovative films ever made.
Snow White herself (whose movements were based on the Broadway dancer Marge Champion) is a reminder of how tastes in beauty change. There's something quaint about her tiny voice, mincing steps and relentless domesticity. Her plump, rosy cheeks are in marked contrast to The Little Mermaid or the princess in Aladdin - both of whom evidently adhere to rigorous diets, bask on California beaches for that all-over tan, and work out with a personal fitness trainer.
The prince, like all such characters in Disney cartoons, is such a drip he makes the male members of our own royal family look marriageable; it's hard to avoid the suspicion that poor Snow White might do herself a favour by staying with the dwarfs, as engaging a bunch of comic characters ever assembled.
The other stars of this movie are the cute animals (many future Disney stars, such as Bambi and Thumper, are visible in the woodland scenes), and the Wicked Queen. She (memorably voiced by Lucille LaVerne) was actually based on a character, "The Vengeance", whom LaVerne had played in the 1935 film A Tale of Two Cities. Miraculously, she is still nasty after all these years we have spent being frightened out of our wits by Joan Collins and Danny La Rue.
And let's not forget the songs. Of the 25 written for the film by Frank Churchill and Larry Morey (and, uncredited, the score composer Leigh Harline), only seven made it into the final cut. Someday My Prince Will Come, Whistle While You Work and Heigh Ho have all become all classic melodies; and it's easy to see why Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first musical to generate its own soundtrack album.
Snow White now has period charm and nostalgic appeal for any adult. But it has retained its timeless virtues - tunefulness, tenderness, and a miraculous understanding of young children's dreams. It's not to be missed - a life-enhancing experience for the most jaded modern child.
On release, it won a Special Award from the New York Film Critics, and Disney received a special Oscar at the Academy Awards for "significant screen innovation". The annual Film Daily poll of US film critics voted it Best Picture of 1938.
“Who’d pay to see a drawing of a fairy princess when you can watch Joan Crawford’s boobs for the same price?”
(Louis B. Mayer)

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