snow white and the seven dwarfs, the 75th anniversary


1937 poster

December the 21st, 1937 and the beginning of feature length animation begins. Of coarse this milestone of achievement was created by no other than Walt Disney. The film was a marvel to the movie going audiences and is considered a masterpiece by every standard today. I love this film, and with all the remastering and digital enhancements, I wonder what the movie really looked like on the big screen in 1937.

There are several background paintings and cells from Snow White hanging on the walls of the Animation building at the Walt Disney studios in Burbank, CA, and none of them are as vivid as the current crop of DVD and Blue Ray copies available today. I have an old VHS and Laser disc copies, and I actually prefer the older versions over the new. Regardless of how you see this film nothing changes the mastery of Disney, his staff of animators, and the invention of the multiplane camera system. There still is one of these incredible machines also on display at the Disney Studios in the Frank G. Wells building.

This is one incredible film; so hard to believe this wonder is 75 years old.

cell 1

cell 1

cell 2

cell 2

cell 3

cell 3

cell 4

cell 4

the UK poster, 1937

the UK poster, 1937

7 Responses to “snow white and the seven dwarfs, the 75th anniversary”

  1. 1 evil_genius_180
    December 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    The movie that started it all 🙂 Walt was such a genius and just loved making movies. It’s a shame what his successors have done to that company. It’s been years since I’ve watched Snow White, I think I shall have to do so again soon. I agree in part about the remastering. It would be cool to see the movie in its original form. However, without someone going in every once in a while and making newer, cleaner versions, the film would probably have degraded too far to be viewable now. So, that’s one thing in the plus column, as far as remastering goes. At least they’re preserving the film for future generations to see.

    • 2 johneaves
      December 21, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      All true,,, Every time I’m on the Disney lot or at Disneyland I wonder what it would be like if Walt was still around to keep things in check, I’m sure it all would be very different

  2. December 22, 2012 at 2:36 am

    The term “timeless classic” is an overused one these days, but it definitely applies here. I saw this in the 1980s as a young boy and my nieces and nephews have all watched it as well along with other classics like the Jungle Book.

    I swear they got more enjoyment out of this than Wall-E and Toy Story (both excellent in their own rights and, yes, I have watched them both 🙂 ).

  3. December 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    75 years!!?? Wow, how time flies! They talked a lot about this film in art school, for obvious reasons. It’s a wonderful classic film that it’s hard not to marvel over the art and animation work! A lot of us today have it so easy with our 3D programs, but these guys got it done with just pencil and ink!

  4. 6 DeanneM
    December 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Finally edited this one for you! 🙂 What a classic!! Thanks for including this one in your anniversary tributes, John. We can never be reminded enough how great this story is and how groundbreaking the animation was in the movie industry.

  5. January 2, 2013 at 6:06 am

    This was the first film I saw on the big screen.
    I saw it with my mother and little sister in the old Odeon Cinema in Wimbledon (It is now a pub and restaurant), when it was re-released in the UK in the early to mid 80’s.
    It just blow me away, it was then when I fell in love with films.

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