Classics: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) Review

Talk about the beginning of an era, this is the film that launched the power house that is Disney Animated classics. It may not stand the test of time now, but it is still iconic.

Certificate: U

Director: William Cottrell, David Hand

Screenwriter: Richard Creedon, Ted Sears

Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne

Genre: Disney Classic

Runtime: 83 Minutes

Rating: 3 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

The animation might be dated compared to what they are capable of putting out now, and it might be a story that by now we all know backwards, but that doesn’t stop Snow White from being the iconic starting point for the Disney Animation Studio. And 58 animation classics later, they are still going just as strong as always, with Raya and the Last Dragon due to be released next year in 2021.

After a failed assassination attempt by her step mother, the queen, Snow White runs away to the forest. Here she stumbles upon the house of the seven dwarves, and they live together in the forest happy for a time. When the queen discovers that Snow White is still alive, she goes to the cottage herself to kill Snow White with a poison apple, that will put her into an eternal sleep, that only true loves kiss can cure.

I can only imagine the awe and wonder that people experienced when they saw this film for the first time. At the time it must have been a technological marvel. And to this day still has some of the most iconic characters and songs that Disney have ever come up with. So it has stood the test of time in peoples memories, unlike some of their later films which are still slightly less known and less widely enjoyed.

Despite the singing voices obviously not being performed by actors of the correct age, and the animation being dated, this is still going to endear itself to you. It is a classic story and is adorable and heart warming to watch. Whether or not kids now will still be interested in this more simplistic kind of Disney film I don’t know, but for adults like me, that grew up with Disney there is a lot to love here. And as an adult I can also appreciate more how Dark some of these older fairy tales were. Like geez, trying to kill your step daughter just because she is prettier than you? Not exactly the stuff that fairy tales are made of, only apparently it is.

For people who like a bit of retro in their movie viewing experience this will be just perfect with just the right amount of nostalgia thrown in.

Snow White is available on Disney DVD, Blu-Ray or available to stream on Disney+ now.

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