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‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Whistled into Theaters On This Day in 1937

‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Whistled into Theaters On This Day in 1937

Walt Disney’s animated masterpiece Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs debuted in theaters on this day way back in 1937. Based on the renowned fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White starts with the Wicked Queen asking her magic mirror, “Who is the fairest of them all?” The mirror’s response seals Snow White’s fate, condemning the queen’s stepdaughter to death.

A compassionate woodsman advises Snow White to seek refuge in the forest, where she befriends friendly animals. They lead her to a cottage inhabited by the Seven Dwarfs: Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Bashful, and Happy. Ultimately, love triumphs as the dwarfs defeat the queen, and Snow White finds true love with a charming prince.

Walt Disney’s bold decision to create “Snow White” defied conventional wisdom. It was the first English and Technicolor animated feature. Skeptics doubted that audiences, especially adults, would sit through a feature-length cartoon fantasy about dwarfs. However, Disney pushed forward, risking the future of his studio in the process. He borrowed most of the $1.5 million needed to bring the film to life.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered in Hollywood on December 21, 1937. It reportedly received a standing ovation from a star-studded crowd. When it was released to the public the following February, the film quickly grossed $8 million, an extraordinary achievement during the Great Depression.

‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Won an Honorary Oscar

Disney received a special honorary Academy Award for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The film’s music, including Snow White’s memorable ballad “Some Day My Prince Will Come” and other compositions by Frank Churchill, Larry Morey, Paul J. Smith, and Leigh Harline, was also nominated for an Oscar.

In 1944, during World War II, the studio re-released Snow White. This decision set a precedent for Disney’s animated films, as they started releasing them periodically, about once every decade.

Back in October, Disney Plus released a stunning 4K restoration of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as part of The Walt Disney Company’s 100th anniversary celebration. This extraordinary restoration enhances the resolution of the film. It also brings forth brighter, more vibrant colors that closely resemble those of the original release. It’s a remarkable achievement that allows audiences to experience the timeless magic of Snow White like never before.

Rachel Zegler, who rose to fame with West Side Story, is set to take on the title role in the upcoming remake of Snow White, directed by Marc Webb. Adding to the star-studded cast, Gal Gadot will portray the Evil Queen. The live-action movie is scheduled for release in 2025.