Cartoon of the Week: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Dis­ney is quoted as say­ing, “It all started with a mouse.” Dis­ney was always invent­ing, always try­ing new things, push­ing the ani­ma­tion enve­lope. Today is the seventy-fifth anniver­sary of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, and while it was not the first ani­mated fea­ture film, or even the first in full color… it was cer­tainly the first com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful ani­mated fea­ture film, and it’s legacy is still being felt today.

In her effort to be “fairest in the land,” a jeal­ous and evil queen attempts to be rid of her beau­ti­ful step­daugh­ter, Snow White. Fright­ened and scared, Snow takes refuge in the for­est cot­tage of the seven dwarfs. The queen, dis­guised by magic as an old ped­dler woman, tempts Snow White with a poi­soned apple, which puts her into an enchanted sleep until the spell can be bro­ken by love’s first kiss.

The first ani­mated fea­ture film to be nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award.

In 1989, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs was the first car­toon to be added by the Library of Con­gress’ National Film Preser­va­tion Board to the National Film Reg­istry (it was the registry’s inau­gural year).

In Eng­land the film was deemed too scary for chil­dren and no one under 14 could go and see it by themselves.

This film was released to video in the United States in 1994 (begin­ning its “Mas­ter­piece Col­lec­tion” line) and in 2001 (a DVD of this film was also released that year).

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