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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 21 December 2017 at 10:20am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Released eighty years ago today.

Am I correct in thinking it was the first Walt Disney movie?

It's not my favourite - 101 DALMATIANS is my favourite - but it'd be in my Top 10, I'm sure.

I may rewatch it over Xmas.
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 21 December 2017 at 10:27am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Robbie,  yes, it was the first full length feature by Walt Disney. As I recall, the studio had a lot riding on its success, too.


Edited to note: I believe the film was also the first animated full length feature for any studio.


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John Byrne

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Posted: 21 December 2017 at 10:30am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

An astonishing achievement.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 21 December 2017 at 10:37am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I looked up some IMDb facts. The film had six directors (five sequence directors, one supervising director). All six had a director credit.

Interesting.
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Doug Centers
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Incredible, incredible, incredible!

Ranked #10 all time box office on the adjusted for inflation list.

I remember seeing an interview with an animator who worked a full year on one scene. The scene was cut out.
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Daniel Gillotte
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Spent a few days at the Magic Kingdom last week and was delighted to ride the Seven Dwarfs mine train and see that wonderful film imagery brought to life.
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Steven Myers
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Set the bar high  for animated films. Also established a "standard" for the Snow White story, as many people think of this as the definitive version. Disney even invented the names for the Dwarfs!
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Michael Hogan
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Here's my SW&T7D story:

Decades ago, my best friend and I decided to take our 5-year-old
daughters to see the movie in the local theatre. Firmly ensconced in
the eighth row, we had the girls seated in the two seats between us.
They sat there, eyes glued to the screen, until the queen transforms
herself in an old crone. Then, without looking away from the screen (or
at each other), each of our daughters simultaneously moved the safety
of daddy's lap!
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Shaun Barry
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My kids love Disney, but my 13-year old is a confirmed Disney maniac... she loves all the history of the films and the man himself.

I'll be breaking out our Blu-ray copy of SNOW WHITE this weekend, in honor of its 80th anniversary... then my daughter will spend another night going through all of the special features & documentaries, I'm sure!




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David Miller
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Revisiting SNOW WHITE in adulthood, I was amazed by its intensity and darkness.  I was shocked to watch a mob of little people chasing an old woman off a cliff. Compare the Queen's death to say Muntz's clean and self-responsible plunge in UP. 
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Robbie Parry
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 Shawn Barry wrote:
My kids love Disney, but my 13-year old is a confirmed Disney maniac... she loves all the history of the films and the man himself

Please tell me they like 101 DALMATIANS, Shaun! 

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Shaun Barry
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(Oh of course, one of their all-time Disney favorites, Robbie!  Any film with a dog...!)

:)



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Michael Penn
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Posted: 22 December 2017 at 2:30pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Still my favorite Disney film!
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Tim O'Neill
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An amazing film, but I didnít have a true appreciation for its historical significance until reading Neal Gablerís excellent biography of Walt Disney.

After the book came out, the PBS series American Experience made an wonderful, essential two part documentary based on the book that I feel is a must see.  You can order on DVD if you havenít seen it.  It is an honest look at Disney, both his genius and difficulties.

Hereís a short promo clip about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that gives a feel of the doc:



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