By: Alex Phuong (Two Beers) –
This is the one that started it all… and is arguably the fairest of them all! Walt Disney wanted to expand the studio that he founded by taking his animated work to new heights. People in the Hollywood business thought that he was insane, and labeled his attempt to produce a full-length animated feature as “Disney’s Folly.” Nevertheless, “Disney’s Folly” ended up being a major triumph. Walt Disney’s contributions to the world (which include numerous films, theme parks, and his enduring legacy) would not even exist if Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) had never been made.
Even though this was the world’s first animated feature, many film critics and historians believe that it is one of the greatest and most important films in cinematic history. The beloved fairy tale of Snow White has enchanted and entertained audiences for eighty years (as of 2017). The animation is really amazing given the fact that animation was a relatively new art form in the 1930s. Snow White herself is one of the most beloved princesses in the Disney canon, and her story continues to live on both in fairy tale books and the silver screen.
Even though this is one of the greatest Disney films ever made, it is also one of its scariest. Many people would either like or hate the Evil Queen given the wickedness of her character. Many young children also do not enjoy the scene in which the queen transforms herself into an old hag. The entire notion of a “poisoned apple” also became a frightening reality when people placed dangerous objects and/or poison into candy and caramel apples that they would give to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. The funny thing about Halloween, though, is that many girls like to dress up as either Snow White, the Wicked Queen, or the old hag.
A fun fact is that the film started a fashion trend when it was originally released in December 1937, but that trend appears to have never faded away thanks to the popularity of Disney costumes. Such an influence on popular culture reveals the fundamental fact that Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is a very influential motion picture.
“Disney’s Folly” is in reality a masterpiece because of its portrayal of one of the most beloved stories ever told. Everything about Disney would not even exist if Snow White flopped during its original release. This film is so spectacular that even Adolf Hitler labeled it as one of his favorite films. It might be one of the scariest films ever made, but it is also one of Disney’s greatest. Decades have passed since this film premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, but it will always remain one of the fairest films ever made.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) Drinking Game
Take a Drink: every time the dwarves exhibit the behaviors that reflect their names and personalities (i.e. Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy, etc.)
Take a Drink: every time the Evil Queen expresses anger and jealousy towards the fair Snow White
Drink a Shot: every time the famous poisoned apple hits the ground.