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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Reviews

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August 22, 2017
Back before Disney Animation Studios was creating offensive Jewish wolfs and propaganda against Germany, their first major picture was a commendable achievement in cinematic animation history. Because it was the first, set standards, and raked in that good good money.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves officially marks the first instance in which the overtly cartoonish style they were known for in shorts became mixed with more realistic models that seemed to move and act on an entirely different plane. That is to say they did. They were animated apart from the other subjects and painted onto different cels, and it holds up as well as Dopey and Sneezy in a trenchcoat. This creates my biggest gripe with Disney's feature films, being an inconsistant artstyle that only creates visual turmoil onscreen. This is where it began, and since this was the start of many successful films following it, this is why it mostly didn't stop.

The first wave feminist angle has done this movie in easily, but an angle that I'm not sure has been realized as well is the religious one. It's barely there but it does come out in the writing, and creates an entirely different perspective on why this film isn't something I would want to show my hypothetical daughters.

Only one small scene shows it. After the dwarves fight over a pillow downstairs, Snow White is seen and heard praying upstairs to the night sky (this was before the star). She feels "blessed" for the kindness of the dwarves and "prays" for the realization of her romantic wishes, "amen". The dialogue is probably written without a thought in mind as popular America was and is overtly Christian.

What follows right after is the temptation of the apple. What occurred before was a princess basically mothering a bunch of old men in a polite and proper fashion, undertaking the tasks of a housewife and being an all around flawless kind girl. Snow White is written as the perfect Madonna, and the minute she gives into a bit of her own desire, elements of the Eve story are impossible to ignore.

It is only her remaining beauty (two seasons of avoiding decay and somehow not losing the blush in her cheeks after her blood congeals and her pulse stops) that saves her in the end and allows her wishes to be granted. Of course her actions beforehand were accompaniment to her beauty, and it acts as the other male characters' memory of her, but in a story of competition between two women on how good they look it's obvious that the simple fairy tale just doesn't translate well when given Christian overtones. The original fairy tale has stronger comparisons to Roman mythology and the tale of Mercury, Apollo, and Chione.

Especially now when Disney (both man and studio)'s faults have been mostly realized, they only succeed in making the film more uncomfortable and bumpy to watch. The relationship of Snow White and the dwarves teeters on motherly love and their own attractions, Grumpy's sexism is extremely off putting and only serves to strengthen the film's own messages of a Madonna/Eve duality, and the "slave" in the magic mirror is modeled with common (though subtle) cartoon facial tropes of black men.

The main factors that have aged well are the senses of extremities in emotion during those scenes dedicated to it. Snow White surrounded by terrifying green eyes in the forest is fantastic emphasis on the realization of her murderous stepmother, the Queen's spell brewing and transformation sequences create great atmosphere, and even a couple of the dwarves' scenes devoted to padding are effective like the silly song or Snow White's story of romance. The rest of the padding is unfortunately quite sleep inducing (a VERY bad thing for this film especially), and it takes up dozens of minutes. This is a half-hour film stretched out to feature length.

The songs, now that I think about it, are quite underwhelming. It's only because they've existed for about a hundred years that we all remember them. And since Disney has had so much practice with animating charming things and making a happy atmosphere, those types of scenes come and go without much impact anymore.

Snow White is emotionally sound and an impressive start to cinematic animation. The thematics are far too simplistic for us to really get into, and a bit too flawed and outdated for kids nowadays. It's a classic that is easy to praise, but only to a certain point. Although no other major ones exist, this adaptation of the German fairy tale certainly isn't fairest in the land.
½ August 9, 2017
Excellent movie. A classic.
Rating: 9/10.
August 3, 2017
1940's Fantasia Is My Tenth Favorite Film Of All Time.
½ August 3, 2017
It's the first one, the game changer, Snow White is the must-see classic where it comes to old animated movies. Amazing characters and a super entertaining, beautiful and pleasant tale that will always by one of the best in the Walt Disney Company!

|It's an 8,9 out of 10|
½ August 2, 2017
Just because it's a classic, doesn't mean it's good, great example, this movie
July 16, 2017
Now this movie was the first Disney movie ever made and it is a good fairytale to watch and the songs where great! I love this movie!
July 16, 2017
Disney - making Americans afraid of healthy food since 1937. In all seriousness, this movie is a great showcase of the studio's technical capabilities, even if the story is more of an afterthought.
June 29, 2017
Everything about Snow White is brilliant and nostalgic. One of my favorite things in this film is the audio track. The primitive technology of the time really shines thru in it's audio, but it's all great when listening to it. The animation is top notch even to this day. PIXAR does amazing work, but to watch all this hand-drawn animation is breath-taking. This film was ground-breaking and ushered our world into the world of animation.
½ June 26, 2017
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs is a good start for animated movies with good songs, memorable characters and impressive animated set pieces.
June 24, 2017
Beautiful and lovely in every way. The colors and the animation for this movie were beyond amazing, given that it was made in 1937 - absolutely astonishing! The story was so good even though there were a few fairy tale cliches but very inventive.

It was so charming. I'll definitely be watching it again.
June 7, 2017
A masterpiece in the line of Disney animation
May 27, 2017
Nothing short of pure perfection.
May 7, 2017
The story doesn't have that much substance and the main character and her love interest are admittedly bland and arguably useless, but the songs are all a bunch of catchy earworms, the animation is way ahead of its time (especially by 1930s standards), the villain is pretty intimidating and badass, and the side characters are all lovable and memorable. A solid start for feature-length Disney animation and one of cinema history's biggest landmarks.
½ April 14, 2017
Disney's first feature animated film. It makes me think that when he made this movie, it wasn't his first, it felt like he'd been making movies like this for years. Saying that shows just how gorgeous the animation and the story is! An immediate classic as soon as it came out in 1937! Though the princess and Prince are a tad bland for my taste, but that's not what makes this movie beautiful! It's the magic that was put into this movie, thanks to this movie there is even more animated movies out there today! A true masterpiece! 4.5/5 from me!
March 19, 2017
she was a minor living with 7 men, and the prince kissed a kinda dead girl
January 14, 2017
Can't go wrong with a Disney classic. The aptly named dwarfs steal the show. Still entertaining to this day.
December 29, 2016
The villainess is one of the things that makes this film. She's crazy!
December 26, 2016
10 out of 10:

Now this is classic Disney.
½ December 2, 2016
As the pioneer for Disney feature length animations, Snow White does an excellent job in both the visual and audio departments, especially considering its 1937 release year.
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