Every Disney fan has probably heard some variation of the famous Walt Disney quote, “I hope we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse.” It’s a great quote, and one I really like, but I can’t help but wonder if there shouldn’t be an addendum to this quote. Something like, “… but it really took off with a fairytale.” Disney will likely always be best know for Mickey Mouse, but in the early 1930’s, he was facing a financial future that was in doubt, to put it in the nicest possible light. His cartoon shorts, although extremely popular, were losing money. His competitors in early animation were large movie studios that would produce their own cartoons at a loss so they could be used as lead-ins to their live-action films. As Disney was not a movie studio, they could simply not compete with that financial relationship.
But rather than fold up, Walt made a daring decision to produce a full-length animated feature film. It had never been attempted before and few at the time thought it to be a great idea. There were more than a few hurdles to overcome. They needed money, and lots of it, to hire a staff of over 300 artists. There were technical issues aplenty. Walt didn’t listen to the detractors, and managed to overcome all of the financial and technical problems in producing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. Walt Dinsey Animation Studio continues to produce amazing content, and for generations of fans that have grown up with films like Frozen, they might not realize the historical importance of Snow White. We’re all still enjoying the benefits of Walt’s great risk.
Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is an enduring animated classic that your entire family can watch and enjoy together. Everyone already knows and appreciates the story, with an overlying theme of good being triumphant over evil, so we don’t need to spend much time on the actual film. Instead, we’ll look at the Blu-ray content with the new Signature Collection.
There’s just so many goodies packed into the Blu-ray:
- In Walt’s Words: Let’s begin with my favorite Bonus. It’s from an audio interview in 1956 and Walt Disney discusses the making of the film. Highly recommended for Disney fans.
- Iconography : Artists discuss their feelings about Snow White and produce some amazing things using it as inspiration.
- @DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess : Animators go over influences from the 1930’s that were influential in the creation of Snow White.
- The Fairest Facts of Them All: Sofia Carson, from the DCOM Descendants, details little known facts about the film.
- Snow White in Seventy Seconds: Young rapper relates the story of the film.
- Alternate Sequence: The Prince Meets Snow White: A variation on how the Prince and Snow White could meet for the first time.
- The Making of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: A very long discussion about the making of the film. Has information from notable Disney historians like Neal Gabler and John Canemaker. It also includes a few old interviews with Walt Disney and animators as they tell the time leading up to the film’s premiere in 1937.
- Bringing Snow White to Life : Discussion about the artists as they were assigned to the characters.
- Hyperion Studios: A tour through Disney’s original animation studio.
- Decoding an Exposure Sheet: A more detailed look at the sequences of the movie that contains detailed information about things such as times and movement in the frames.
- Snow White Returns: Reconstruction of a possible animated sequel short two deleted musical scenes from the film along with some new bridging material.
- Story Meeting/Dwarfs: Recreation. This one is of a session between Walt and his story men concerning dwarf behavior at a key moment.
- Story Meeting/Huntsman: Another recreation. This one is of a story session between Walt and his story men concerning the huntsman’s behavior before his attack on Snow White.
- Deleted Sequence/Soup: Pencil sketches for the deleted soup-eating sequence. Really like this one.
- Deleted Sequence/Bed: More pencil sketches of a deleted sequence. This one is stills for the deleted bed-making sequence.
- Voice Talent: Short about the various actors who voice the major characters in the film.
- Promo Trailers: Zootopia, The Good Dinosaur.
- DVD/Digital Copy: A disc and code sheet enclosed in the case.
The thing that really separates this Blu-ray from other releases is the vast amount of extras that I listed above. I have included some clips below to give you an idea of some of this content. If you are a Disney fan, I’m sure you’ll love it. I’d highly recommend Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Signature Collection Blu-ray to anyone, and can’t wait to see what movie might be next in line for the Signature Collection treatment! This Blu-ray for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will arrive on February 2nd!