I'm sure you've heard of this new little thing... it's called DISNEY+... I so enjoy it. I love Disney movies. 101 Dalmatians was actually the reason I wanted to become an artist. That intro... But I'm getting off topic, today we are going to talk about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was Walt Disney's first feature length film. Several naysayers (including his wife) said no one, adult or child, would want to sit through a feature length cartoon, especially one about dwarfs. Disney, being the dreamer he was, ignored the pessimism and borrowed most of the $1.5 million it took to complete the project.
Disney alerted his staff in 1934 of his idea to create a feature length film. The studio grew from about 200 to 600 employees to handle the multi-step process of hand cel animation, which would eventually result in more than 200,000 drawings for the film! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered December 21, 1937. The star-studded crow was in awe. From there it went to Radio City Music Hall (second time this week we've mentioned that) were it ran for five weeks, longer than traditionally allotted for films. The film was publicly released February 4, 1938. The film was a hit, movie-goers and critic alike were thrilled.
The film has been called the greatest animated film of all time. And if we're being honest, it was less about Snow White, and more about the Dwarfs, the Evil Queen, and the sweet singing forest animals. Even though it isn't my favorite Disney movie, I can definitely appreciate the film, the animation and the trail it blazed... plus, how shiny are those gems in the mine?! All in all, the movie made history, and I am glad it was such a success so we could see more and more feature length films from Walt Disney!