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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

September 1, 2010

110. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Produced by Walt Disney
USA, 1937
IMDB | allmovie

Reviewed by Rachel
First viewing since childhood


A beautiful Princess seeks refuge in the home of seven dwarves after her wicked stepmother gives orders for her death.

Essential Scene:

Snow White creates the blueprint for the quintessential Disney Princess as she cleans the home of the seven dwarves…

She arrives at a small, dirty home and assumes that the house is inhabited by seven orphans. (Seven orphans who own a pickaxe, apparently.) She takes it upon herself to clean the house for them, hoping they will let her stay in return for this kind gesture. The animals from the forest follow her into the house and help her clean. She sings one of the film’s signature songs to help things along:

Just whistle while you work
And cheerfully together we can tidy up the place
So hum a merry tune
It won’t take long when there’s a song to help you set the pace

And as you sweep the room
Imagine that the broom is someone that you love
And soon you’ll find you’re dancing to the tune

I personally think the animals are doing more work than she is, but that’s a serious debate for another time.


As a member of the VHS generation, I’ve been rather spoilt when it comes to animation. Not only did I have many feature length animations to choose from, but I had them all to hand. As we all know, Snow White was the first ever feature length animation, so watching it again I tried to imagine seeing it as a child of the era. It must have been quite an experience to sit in the cinema back in 1937 and see this film in all its Technicolor glory.

Over 70 years later the woods scene is still quite frightening, the stepmother’s evilness still makes an impact, and the Dwarves are still adorable. I did find Snow White herself a little twee, and her singing voice grated on me a little bit, but the dwarfs’ affection for her did make old Grumpy me change my mind eventually.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s the cat’s turn to wash up…

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