Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a huge deal for tons of reasons. Not only was it the first feature-length animated film that Walt Disney created, but without Snow White, there’s no telling what the art of animation would look like today. We’re celebrating that enormous legacy with these fun facts about the production of this classic tale:
- During production, Walt Disney referred to the “Seven Dwarfs” as the “Seven Little Men.”
- Over 50 names and corresponding traits were proposed for the dwarfs. Some of the rejected dwarf names included Jumpy, Cranky, Hungry, Thrifty, Nifty, and Biggo-Ego.
- A 1934 outline titled “Manuscript” included a scene in which the Queen captured the Prince and held him captive in her dungeon.
- “Manuscript” also includes Snow White’s elaborate journey through settings like Boogeyland, the Valley of the Dragons, and the Morass of Monsters—although most of these ideas didn’t make it into the film.
- “Soup Sequence” is one of the film’s deleted scenes, featuring the dwarfs happily slurping their soup and Snow White teaching them proper dining etiquette.
- Early story sketches portray Snow White as blonde.
- One week after the premiere of the film, Walt Disney appeared on the December 27, 1937 issue of Time magazine.
- At the Academy Awards ceremony in 1939, Walt Disney received one full-sized Oscar and seven teeny tiny ones!
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first feature film to release a soundtrack recording.
- “Some Day My Prince Will Come” was originally planned with an elaborate dream sequence of Snow White’s reunion with her Prince, complete with fantasy imagery of cloudscapes, a swan-shaped boat, and humanized stars.
- Clarence Nash, the voice of Donald Duck, can be heard in the soundtrack as a whistling bird, a hooting owl, part of the dwarfs’ group exclamations, and the “old hag’s cackle” as the Queen brews her potion.
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