Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Genre: Animation, Musical, Family, Fantasy, Romance.
The world was a very different place in 1937, but one thing hasn’t changed. Disney is still a titan of animation and animated movies. Their big screen domination (minus a couple of decades) all began in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. For its time, this animation was the best on the planet. The voice of Adriana Caselotti is beautiful and perfect for the role of Snow White. We also get an iconic villain in the wicked Queen/Witch. While I won’t say her overall personality stands among the great villains of all time in animated history, I do believe the visual of the evil Queen/Witch was perfect. You may look at her and immediately can say that woman is up to no good. Her scowl, her vanity, and of course her grim-looking Witch figure. (A little magic and alchemy makes a proper Disney villain. From Snow White to present.)
Then you have the seven dwarfs; each named for their distinct character trait. They worked for the time; it is a movie made for kids after all (in these days of anime and new styled animation we sometimes forget the little people. The children) You have to put on your 1937 goggles and look at the film in that era.
The one issue I have is something that has grown in relevance since this film was created. The view of women in movies. I applaud any film that allows for strong female characters to lead. This film had that in an evil Queen, but Snow White was a bit too innocent and naive for me. I know she is supposed to be 14, but she certainly doesn’t look it. (I’d say 15-18 years of age personally.)
I believe that a good female protagonist can be strong, independent, without the need of a prince to come along and save them. However, I don’t see anything wrong with occasionally having that traditional story happen.
The music is lovely, though the prince is greatly underdeveloped. Snow White has a beautiful voice, the story, the animation, and the protagonist are well above average.
There is so much to love and or respect about this movie. Of early Disney works, it stands as one of my most respected. It will inspire Disney for decades to come.