Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Productions, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered on December 21, 1937. The film is generally considered to be one of the most significant early contributions to animation and earned the first of many achievements for Disney.
• The world’s first full-length animated feature film.
• The first Disney animated feature.
• The first animated feature in English.
• The first animated feature in Technicolor.
• The first animated feature ever made in the United States.
• The most successful motion picture released in 1938.
• Adjusted for inflation, it is the tenth highest-grossing film of all time.
With several frightening and intense sequences, and a style influenced by European storybook illustration the movie is adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairytale. The film uncovers the dark story of an evil queen who is jealous of her beautiful stepdaughter Snow White and plots to murder her. The girl manages to escape and finds refuge deep in the forest with seven dwarfs in their cottage. The dwarfs grow to love their unexpected visitor, who cooks and cleans for them.
One day while the dwarfs are working in their diamond mine, the Queen disguises herself as an old peddler and pays a visit to Snow White at the cottage. The Queen persuades her to bite into a poisoned apple, and the dwarfs return to find Snow White’s seemingly lifeless body. In mourning, they place her in a glass coffin until a Prince, who has fallen in love with Snow White, awakens her from the Queen’s deathlike spell with “love’s first kiss.”
The movie is particularly memorable for its original soundtrack with songs like “Heigh Ho” and “Some Day My Prince Will Come.”
In the early years of Walt Disney animated films, the entire voice-over cast went uncredited. This wasn’t a way of devaluing the talent at the time, but rather the opposite. It was a wayward notion that in order to keep the mystery alive and well, animated films should not reveal the actors portraying the characters’ voices. To ensure that the voice actors were the sound of Disney characters, and Disney characters alone, the actors’ contracts prevented them from playing roles in other films or on radio programs. Although Disney loosened their strong hold in the mid-40’s the actors still go, to this day, uncredited for the film. However, the cast has become widely known and verified.
Voice Over Cast in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937):
- Adriana Caselotti as Snow White
- Lucille La Verne as Queen / Witch
- Harry Stockwell as the Prince
- Stuart Buchanan as the Huntsman
- Moroni Olsen as the Magic Mirror
- Roy Atwell as Doc
- Billy Gilbert as Sneezy
- Otis Harlan as Happy
- Scotty Mattraw as Bashful
- Pinto Colvig as Sleepy / Grumpy
- Eddie Collins as Dopey / Chipmunk / Squirrel sneezes
- Marion Darlington as Birds
- Purv Pullen as additional Birds
- Hall Johnson Choir in the Finale Chorus