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Magic mirror on the wall, we're talking about the cutest quotes of all from Snow White!
I went to Disneyland this past weekend and one of the things I love the most about going is imagining Walt Disney himself walking the grounds all the way back in 1955 when the park opened. It always sends me on a tear researching everything I can about the parks and about how Walt Disney got his start.
I knew that Walt's first feature length film was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, so I wanted to rewatch it since I think over the years Snow White has been eclipsed by newer princesses and stories. With all the discussion around the new Snow White remake, I wanted to watch the original with fresh eyes...and I was blown away.
Here's what I learned about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and my favorite quotes from the film.
I watched Snow White on Disney Plus (it's free with a subscription), but you can also watch it on Amazon Prime Video.
"This classic Disney movie is worth watching again even if you're not a youngster anymore."
Walt Disney was highly interested in animation in the 1930s, producing several successful shorts such as The Skeleton Dance (1929) and The Three Little Pigs (1933). He decided that a full length feature film would ultimately be more profitable, so he set out to create an animated version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The story is based on the 1812 German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in 1937 to critical acclaim.
Walt Disney has stated that he doesn't know why he picked Snow White other than the fact that it was one of the first feature-length films he had ever seen back in 1917. He liked that the story had sympathetic dwarfs and an element of romance. He mentioned that he felt it was the "perfect story".
Prior to the release of the film, those critical of Walt Disney called the project "Disney's folly". The original budget for the film was $250,000 (which was 10 times the amount needed to create a short film). Walt had to mortgage his home to keep the project afloat when the budget ballooned to almost $1.5 million. That's equivalent to about $32 million today!
Snow White was not the first animated feature-length film, but was the first ever to use cel animation, a method where each frame of a film is painted or drawn by hand.
Upon release, Snow White was a critical success and was the beginning of Walt Disney's golden age of animation. Without Snow White, animation would most likely not be what it is today.
Many consider the film to be the greatest animated film of all time. It has made over $418 million since.
The film is about an evil queen who is obsessed with her own vanity. Fearful of her stepdaughter's beauty, she forces Snow White into the life of a scullery maid. When Snow White soon becomes the fairest one of all, the evil queen tries to have Snow White killed. She escapes into the forest and meets the seven dwarfs. Will Snow White be able to hide from the queen forever?
What the evil queen asks the mirror.
Note: It's a common misconception that the queen says "Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?". In reality, she says, "Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?". Isn't that funny???
The mirror's reply.
The mirror's description of Snow White.
What Snow White sings to the wishing well.
What the prince sings to Snow White.
What Snow White asks the forest creatures when she's lost.
Snow White's song.
More of Snow White's song.
Snow White's song as she tidies up the cottage.
What Grumpy says when they find Snow White in their cottage.
What the evil queen uses to mix her potion.
The queen's choice of death for Snow White.
When Snow White tells the dwarves of her true love.
What the queen tells Snow White to get her to take a bite of the apple.
Snow White's wish.
The end title.
Have you guys had a chance to rewatch Snow White? It's honestly such a beautiful movie.