The young kid from Missouri with not a bean in his pocket and just a sketch of a mouse risked everything he’d made from his short novelty films and Silly Symphonies to break into the animated film market, which at that point in American history, didn’t exist. The result of this was the single most influential and timeless film in history: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
This is the film that set the standard for all fairy-tale adaptations that would follow in its wake. Playing heavily on the emotions of the older audience while still appealing to children, it created a revolution in the United States and firmly placed Walt Disney Animation at the pinnacle of family entertainment, a position they have maintained for the last 80-plus years and show no signs of slowing down now.
It’s interesting looking back at the origins of Disney feature films and how much they have evolved. While definitely a product of its time, the movie doesn’t try to pander to it’s audience and creates a dark, foreboding atmosphere which is balanced by the memorable musical numbers, colourful characters and the happiest of endings when it seemed that all hope was lost.
This is the formula that Walt Disney created for all animated films to follow in the years since its release. But how much do you know about the so-called “first animated film”? There’s a few facts that might have slipped your mind about the timeless Grimm-adaptation.