As winter weather tears across half of the country, why not curl up with a classic?
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first full-length animated feature (83 minutes in length) in color and with sound, one of Disney’s greatest films, and a pioneering classic tale in film history.
The risk-taking film made use of the multi-plane camera (first used in Disney’s own animated, Oscar-winning Silly Symphonies short, The Old Mill (1937)) to create an illusion of depth. It introduced human characters (the jealous Queen, the Huntsman, the Prince, and Snow White herself) modeled on live actors, and used larger painted cels and drawing boards. It took almost four years and an astronomical (at the time) $1.7 million to
create, and was released for its premiere during the Christmas season of 1937. Its single nomination was for Best Score. For the film’s remarkable achievement, Walt Disney was awarded with an Honorary Oscar – the film was “recognized as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon.”
The soundtrack to the film was the first commercially issued film soundtrack. It was released in January 1938 as Songs from Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (with the Same Characters and Sound Effects as in the Film of That Title) and has since seen numerous expansions and reissues.