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).