Movies That Everyone Should See: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was the very first feature-length animated film, and is deservedly hailed today as a classic of animation. A beloved fairy tale… the ultimate example of a “Classic Disney” movie.

At the time of its production, however, it was an incredibly bold risk. The very notion that audiences would respond to a full, movie length cartoon was considered laughable. Atop of which, the considerable expense of producing such a feature spiraled far beyond initial estimates. “Snow White” turned into a daring business venture that gambled the very future of Walt Disney Studios.

But what was derided in the press at the time as “Disney’s Folly” would turn out to be a cornerstone not only for Walt Disney Studios, but also for animated films, as well.

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Snow White and the Huntsman

In all honesty, I had rejected this movie in my mind prior to going into it.

Snow White is not some warrior in shining armor leading an army. She’s not. Snow White wears that blue and red and yellow taffeta dress with the poofy freaking shoulders and when she’s not hanging with her dwarfish friends or chowing apples, she sings to birds. Ok? That’s Snow White.

So perhaps this is all overreaction to my complete underestimation of it, but “Snow White and the Huntsman” was an excellent, highly entertaining movie. More than just a retelling of the Snow White tale, it’s an epic fantasy story, replete with mythical creatures, knights in armor, a princess in a tower and a very, very wicked witch.

I don’t know if it’s the fairest of them all, but it’s easily worth a trip to the movies.

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