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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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"A least a third of the film is boring, needlessly and pathetically and uncondonably boring... That the character Snow White is a failure in ever way is undisputable. As a moving figure she is unreal, as a face and body she is absurd, and in terms of what she does she is ludicrous... Another Snow White will sound the Disney death-knell."
(V.F. Calverton, Current History, 1938)
"As it moved on toward the fifth reel, one began to yawn in mild amusement at this Cecil B. DeMille-ish conception of a fairy tale, and wish that Donald Duck would appear from behind somewhere, singing Hickory Dickory Dock in that outrageous nasal accent of his."
(David Wolff, New Masses, 1938)
"Has all the roughness and error of a first try."
(Observer, 1943)
"The witch in Snow White probably has caused more children's nightmares than Frankenstein's monster and Godzilla combined."
(Bill Davidson)
"[The best children's folk-stories should be adapted for the screen in a way] that is similar to the original work in imaginative intensity and depth of feeling. This is precisely what Snow White failed to draw from Disney and his craftsmen, though in the general excitement over what they were attempting, this was overlooked. Disney, the man who could never bear to look upon animals in zoos or prisoners in jail or other "unpleasant things," was truly incapable of seeing his material in anything but reductive terms... [Disney] lacked the tools, intellectual and artistic, he needed for this task. He could make something his own, all right, but that process nearly always robbed the work at hand of its uniqueness, of its soul, if you will. In its place he put jokes and songs and fright effects, but he always seemed to diminish what he touched. He came always as a conqueror, never as a servant. It is a trait, as many have observed, that many Americans share when they venture into Foreign lands hoping to do good but equipped only with know-how instead of sympathy and respect for alien traditions."
(Richard Schickel)
"Some of [Disney's] best draughtsmanship is in it, and it added many new creations to his pantheon of folk-characters. But ... the drawing begins to imitate conventional camerawork and, alas, the directorial cliches of Hollywood story-telling. Disney had begun to try to imitate the real world instead of continuing to create a world of his own. His departures from reality now consequently showed up as glaring errors instead of fanciful tropes."
(Paul Rotha & Richard Griffith, The Film Till Now, 1949)

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