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Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, the story and how did those dwarfs get their names?
Based on a fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm and adapted into a screenplay by Winthrop Ames from his own theatre play production of 1912, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became Walt Disney’s first traditionally animated feature-length cartoon film, with some cutting edge technology such as Multiplane cameras allowing depth into the scenes with beauty and lots of different colors that had not been seen before in this way.
This 1937 classic has bought us some of our most memorable and favorite characters like a handsome Prince (Supposedly Prince Charming however never actually named and we all know Prince Charming is Cinderella’s Prince really) The film’s soundtrack also bought us some memorable songs like Heigh-ho and someday my Prince will come, both written and composed by Larry Morey. Charlie Chaplin even attended the Premiere of the film in 1937.
With 98% on the Rotton Tomato Tomatometer, the film certainly met its high expectations.
The tale follows Snow White, a beautiful young Princess whose vain Step-Mother, the Evil Queen, made Snow White work as a Scully maid for years fearing that the young girl would grow up to be more beautiful than her. After years of consulting a Magic Mirror and asking who is the fairest in the land, the mirror would always reply that the Evil Queen was the fairest. Until one day the mirror hesitates and answers that Snow White is the fairest in the land. On the same day, Snow White meets a handsome Prince, who falls in love with her while she sings by a well.
In her anger the Jealous Stepmother sends her huntsman to take Snow White into the forest and kill her, he was to bring back her heart in a special jeweled box. However, the Huntsman defies the Wicked Queen and lets the kind-hearted Princess Snow White run into the forest while taking the heart of a dear in the jeweled box back to the Evil Queen.
Snow White’s scary adventure begins as the forest surrounds her, although scared and frightened she befriends some forest animals who lead her to the cottage of the Dwarfs set in the woods. Inside are seven small chairs at a dining table and seven small beds lined up in another room. Snow White falls asleep on one of the beds and is only woken when the Seven Dwarfs come home from a hard day’s work in the diamond mine. The tale continues to follow Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as they find friendship while helping each other through the days and having some really good times.
Until the Evil Queen finds out the truth about Snow White and disguises herself as an old hag to trick Snow White into eating a poisoned apple which sends Snow White’s tragic character into a Sleep of Death.
The Dwarfs put Snow White into a glass coffin, gold-lined and ornamental in beauty. For a year, with the help of the forest animals, they keep watch over Snow White until one day the Handsome Princes learns of the Beauty in the forest and goes to her, realizing it’s the same girl he fell in love with by the well he gently kisses Snow White and with the magic of true love she awakens to be with her Prince and her friends the Dwarfs are overjoyed to see their friend find her dream at the end of this wonderful love story.
Even though the Evil Queen falls from a cliff it’s not her final film and we do see her again in later films and villain films, she even appears on Disney World shirts in different colors.
The first of Disney films (home video in 1994, DVD in 2001, and blue-ray in 2014), the creation of Disney Characters and its soundtrack had paved the way for Disney to create a whole range of different films for all to enjoy. However, let’s look a little deeper into the creation of this masterpiece and probably some of the most iconic characters “ The Seven Dwarfs”.
There were lots of potential names for these seven lovable little men like Jumpy, Dizzy, Baldy, Deafy and so many more.
Walt wanted the names to reflect each of the Dwarfs’ personalities and eventually, the names were picked for the original film, which we all know, but did you know the original voice for Grumpy was Pinto Colvig. Sterling Holloway voiced Sleepy and you will probably better recognize him as the voice of Winnie the Pooh. Otis Harlan voiced Happy, Billy Gilbert was Sneezy, it can’t have been easy sneezing so much due to Sneezy’s hayfever, Scotty Mattraw voiced Bashful and Ray Atwell Doc. Dopey was to have a voice and Mel Blanc, the original voice of Bugs Bunny was considered but no one really wanted to be associated with the name so he was rewritten to be mute.
The dwarfs never had names in the original story by the Brothers Grimm and it wasn’t until 100 years later in the Broadway production by Winthrop Ames that names were introduced. Blick, Flick, Glick, Plick, Whick, Snick, and Quee were given to the dwarfs, no one knows why Quee and not Quick, maybe Winthrop Ames just didn’t want them all to rhyme.
The Seven Dwarfs even have their own mine cart ride within Walt Disney World at The Magic Kingdom in the United States and it has become one of the most popular attractions, Doc the supposed leader of the group and his fellow dwarfs take you on a roller-coaster adventure on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Disney fans can experience the joyous outlook on the world that enticed people to have a soft spot for this wonderful Disney Princess feature-length cartoon.
As usual with anything Disney there is a wide range of merchandise for all to enjoy, young boys still like to wear dwarfs shirts today, metal bands, watches, etc. The dwarfs’ outlook and talent to help Snow White even show through in the way Disney Customer service is handled. Snow White charms even in the 21st century