Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (DVD)

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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (DVD)

Disney's first full-length animated masterpiece features all the elements of a classic fairy tale--a beautiful heroine, an evil queen, Prince Charming...

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published 27/03/2010 | pmcds
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"Whistle while you work!"

One of the hallmarks of Disney's animated classics is just how timeless they are. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first of the cel-animated Disney films, released in the 1930s, but just as visually impressive as some of the modern films, CGI and Pixar excluded: they're completely different.

Set in a magical land, it gives us an evil Queen, whose sole purpose is to be the prettiest in the land. However, when here magic mirror tells her that Snow White is the fairest in all the land, the Queen sets out to kill her. When you look at the plot like this, then it's quite a dark and disturbing idea. Set on a Grimm brothers fairy tale, it really could have been filmed as a film for adults, yet Disney's magic manages to make a charming tale of friendship and love, despite the ultimate quest from the Queen.

As the title suggests, there are a troop of Dwarfs involved, seven of them, all named after characteristics: Doc, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey and Happy. While on the run after a warning from the woodcutter, she stumbles across this little house in the woods (the Dwarfs' house). She sets about cleaning it with the help of all of the lovely woodland creatures, in one of the most magical scenes from a Disney movie I have ever seen. It's shortly followed by one of the most famous songs (Whistle While You Work) as the dwarfs are introduced, and the interaction between the 7 of them and and the beauty that is Snow White.

It really is a lovely and magical tale. Sure, at times, the Queen is wicked and scary, and at one point, when she transforms into an old hag, she becomes quite scary. My 6 year old son looked a bit nervy at this, but although there are numerous occasions in many Disney cartoons where some scary villain comes into the fray, there are many more lovely moments that seem to make these images fade away, leaving a lasting impressions of the 'Disney magic' that is so often flaunted as a catchphrase.

Naturally, there is a Prince Charming involved, and this completes the magical fairy tale. Whenever a Prince Charming is spoken about, or a beauty with red lips, dark hair and white skin, it's Snow White that she is modelled on. You see it a lot with stars of the screen in the latter part of the last century, showing Disney's influence spreading outside its roll of film.

The animation itself is very flowing, especially for something so old. Considering it was over 70 years ago that it came out, it has stood the test of time very well, and is still regarded as one of the best Disney films made. It certainly set the trend for a whole lot more magic to come. Snow White is available on DVD, often for high prices, as Disney only tend to release a certain amount before then rereleasing years later. If you can get a hold of a copy of this on DVD, then it's well worth grabbing. It's the heart of Disney's magic.

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  • hillhead published 28/03/2010
    A lovely film.
  • bexx0907 published 27/03/2010
    You can't beat a bit of Walt Disney, love this! Well reviewed x
  • Andyoz published 27/03/2010
    This was the first film I ever watched at the cinema! Nice review.
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Disney's first full-length animated masterpiece features all the elements of a classic fairy tale--a beautiful heroine, an evil queen, Prince Charming...and a septet of whistling dwarfs. In hiding from her jealous and wicked stepmother, the fair Snow White takes refuge with a band of kind-hearted, hard-working dwarves: Bashful, Sneezy, Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy, Dopey and Doc. Eventually the vain queen finds Snow White and tricks her into eating a poisoned apple. Luckily, a wandering prince comes to her rescue, but can he break the evil queen's spell?<BR><BR><BR>Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS was initially thought a crazy idea for a feature film by those at Walt Disney. However, its lush production and charming characters proved otherwise. Standing the test of time since its release in 1937, the film has entranced audiences for decades, teaching them to never be vain and always whistle while they work.


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