Disney Releases Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became a milestone in cinema history as the first full-length animated feature film.
Summary of Event
By 1937, Walt Disney was well known by filmmakers and audiences across the country. His animated hero, Mickey Mouse, was a nationally recognized figure and had been enormously popular since Steamboat Willie was released with sound in 1928. Disney’s 1933 cartoon version of The Three Little Pigs often received larger marquee billing than the feature films at the theaters where it played. Disney’s Silly Symphony series had successfully wedded classical music to the use of color animation, and one entry in the series, Flowers and Trees, had won several film awards.
Yet Walt Disney, far from being content with his position as a leading producer of short animation, had a grander design in mind. One warm evening in 1934, Disney called his animators together on a soundstage at the studio. He told them the story that would become Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, acting out principal parts complete with voice intonations and facial gestures. He created suspense, filled in details, and even provided jokes and sight gags. At the end of the story, when Snow White was awakened from her deadly sleep by Prince Charming and carried away to his castle, many of the hard-boiled animators were in tears. Disney then told them that...
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