Okay Juicers, so I am doing this 30 day Film Challenge that should really give my thoughts and emotions an interesting time during the next month of quarantine. I of course am starting with Day 1, which is the first film I remember watching.
That movie would be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Not only is this the first movie I remember watching, it was also an extremely personal film for me and my family. Heigh-Ho was my favorite song as a kid and my sisters and I used to sing it everywhere around our house. It also is an extremely important movie for Disney as it was their first Feature Length Animated Film coming out in 1937! And of course it launched the iconic line of Disney Princesses. As with all my Animated reviews lets get to the ratings.
*Its freaking Snow White
The Grimm fairy tale gets a Technicolor treatment in Disney’s first animated feature. Jealous of Snow White’s beauty, the wicked queen orders the murder of her innocent stepdaughter, but later discovers that Snow White is still alive and hiding in a cottage with seven friendly little miners. Disguising herself as a hag, the queen brings a poisoned apple to Snow White, who falls into a death-like sleep that can be broken only by a kiss from the prince.
Animation – A
The Animation is fantastic even for today’s standards but for 1937 this is honestly an incredible feat of cinema. Every scene looks fantastic and all of the jokes and gags with the Dwarfs all feel so fun because of the great animation. Of course everything at the time was hand drawn so it just feels so practical and real.
Voice Cast – C
Since this was made so long ago, I am not too familiar with any of the actors. However, the woman who plays Snow White, Adriana Caselotti, has an iconic voice that is the definition of sweet. Everyone else besides the dwarfs kinda stink though and especially disappointed in the Evil Queen. She just did not sound evil.
Music – B+
There is some iconic music in this movie, of course led by the timeless Heigh=Ho by the dwarfs! That song just makes you stomp you foot every damn time it comes on. The score as well is classic and feels very much like the prototypical Disney score.
Before you come at me with your fiery takes, lets be honest here, the story is extremely thin. Yeah, yeah Evil Queen we get it, you wanna be the baddest bitch on the block and Snow is stealing your thunder. However, we get like an hour an 10 minutes of just Snow and the boys and then maybe 10 minutes of actual story. And the love story my god that just comes out of nowhere. She meets him for one second and then he can wake her with true loves kiss? Give me a god damn break juicers. I need a little more on that end, but I still enjoyed the gags from the Dwarfs.
I enjoyed revisiting Snow White and I understand why it is so iconic in film and Disney lore, however as a Movie it is just not perfect. The Animation and the music though carried me through and I will always smile the second that Dwarf says HEIGHH HOOOOOOOOOOOO.
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