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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

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"The depiction of the human figure is not Walt Disney's forte ... Snow White, her Prince and the Dwarfs themselves ... belong to the oversweet world of the Silly Symphonies ; while the animals... are the stars... Between the two stands the Wicked Queen ...[who] comes near to effecting a reconciliation between two genres and fails finally only because Disney's draughtsmanship cannot remove Snow White and her friends from the auntish competence of a second-rate picture book ... but... whatever its faults, Snow White engrosses the attention from beginning to end."
"Not only is Walt Disney the most original genius active today in the world of cinema, he is of all men the widest disseminator of gaiety, beauty and happiness. It seems therefore ungrateful to confess that his first full-length film is less satisfactory than we had hoped. The principal problem, is how to treat the human characters ... Disney has fallen back on conventional notions of prettiness, and the face of Snow White in particular (not altogether unlike Betty Boop) lacks the character and individuality which rightly belongs to the resourceful heroine."
(New Statesman)
"Even in 1938 critics noticed a tension ... between the fantastic rendering of the animals and dwarfs and the clumsy, sticky attempts at naturalism in rendering the people."
(Gerald Mast, A Short History of the Movies, 1971)
"Features some of Disney's most inventive (the animals of the forest, the wicked queen and the Dwarfs themselves) and banal (Snow White and her cardboard prince) animation. A unique entertainment helped commercially by ... hit songs."
(R.A.E Pickard, Dictionary of 1000 Best Films, 1971)
"The romantic leads were wishy-washy but the splendid songs and the marvellous comic and villainous characters turned the film into a world-wide box office bombshell which is almost as fresh today as when it was made."
Its film I can enjoy over and over. Snow White herself may be a bit pallid, but the Wicked Queen and the seven dwarfs are brilliantly characterised. The songs are a job, the animation often dazzlingly inventive, the colors and compositions a visual delight. The story has pace, charm, atmosphere, humor and excitement.
(John Howard Reid)
"Undoubtedly stands the test of time. The animals are the true stars and more than make up for the cardboard cut-out characters of Snow White and the Prince."
(Jane Richards, Independent, 1987)

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