Snow White

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While many generations today recognize the tale of Snow White as a Disney creation, it was actually a fairytale story published by Brother’s Grimm. The brothers published this German fairytale in their first edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales under the title Sneewittchen in 1812 (“Snow White”). While Walt Disney Studios did not create the classic tale, it did create a film that has come to enrich the minds and hearts of both young and old.
The development of the film began in early 1934, and in June of that same year, Walt Disney announced the production of his first feature. Up until that point, Walt Disney Productions had been mostly creating animated short subjects in the Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies series. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was to be the first full-length cel animated feature in motion picture history. The revolutionary film meant that Mr. Disney had many obstacles to overcome. Both his brother and business partner Roy Disney and his wife Lillian attempted to talk him out of it. The Hollywood movie industry even referred to the film as "Disney's Folly" while it was in production. He had to mortgage his house to help finance the film's production, which eventually ran up a total cost of $1,488,422.74, an incredible amount for a film in 1937 (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”). While Walt Disney did encounter his share of obstacles while producing this film, it was not in vain.
Walt Disney Studios released Snow White and the Seven Dwarf, its first full-length animated feature, at Hollywood’s Cathay Circle Theater on December 21, 1937(“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic). It was released nationwide on February 4, 1938 (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”). This film and the team at Wa...

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It is evident that what really created Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were the countless hours talented animators put into honing their craft. But besides acquiring many talented animators, Walt Disney Studios also had many talented musicians who created a beautiful soundtrack to match the beautiful art of the film.
The film’s musical department was comprised of Frank Churchill, Larry Morey, Leigh Harline, and Paul J. Smith. Besides being nominated for an Oscar for Best Musical Score in 1938, the men were nominated for a Grammy for Best Recording for Children in 1977 (“Awards”).
While Walt Disney Studios did not create the classic fairytale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the studio did revamp the tale into a beloved film that has been enjoyed by generations.
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