It is hard to believe that 79 years ago, Walt Disney released the full-length animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A film so far ahead of its time that most believed it could not be done, this was a make-it-or-break-it picture for Disney and did it ever hit.
The first ever Disney princess set the ball in motion for Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, several theme parks, and television stations including ABC and ESPN. For the longest time Mickey Mouse has the stranglehold on an all girls market and it was because of this one picture in wanting to please his daughters that Walt Disney as able to do so.
In the long tradition of limited time releases known as the “Disney Vault”, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is finally out on blu-ray. The naysayers will continue to complain, “It’s not like the Grimm fairytales.” Well, the Disney stories are adaptations and in the public domain. Avengers isn’t a direct adaptation from the comic books and look how successful the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become.
The bonus features are what matter and if you are a casual fan, will be your selling point, primarily the featurette entitled, Designing Disney’s First Princess.
Michael Giamo, Mark Henn, Bill Schwab and Lorelay Bove discuss the original sketches, stop-motion capture and other artistic innovations that gave birth to Snow White. Utilizing the art of Freddie Moore who set the Disney look, add the voice of Adriana Caselotti to finish it off and the first Disney princess is born.
Another featurette featuring Walt Disney himself discussing the characters, In Walt’s Words, shows the passion that this driven man had in wanting to make pictures that would first-and-foremost make his daughters happy. In reaching his original target audience, Disney was able to transcend making two little girls happy into entertaining a world of children.
This blu-ray has an abundance of bonus features that you will have to see for yourself, but any fan of the animation genre will want to see how this hand drawn masterpiece came to life and influenced so much of not only character design but other films that have shaped generations.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is out today on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD.