Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one – her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs – Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love’s kiss can save her.

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Snow White lives with her evil stepmother who is quite vain. She is afraid that Snow White is even more beautiful than she is, and makes the girl her maid. Every day, the queen asks her mirror who is the fairest one of all. While the mirror always replies that the Queen is, one day it says that Snow White is the fairest one of all. This upsets her tremendously, and she does what any rational woman in her position would do; she orders Snow White into the forest and killed. As proof of her death, the Queen wants Snow White’s heart delivered to her in a box.

Unfortunately for the Queen, the huntsman, tasked to do the job, can’t go through with it. While begging Snow White for forgiveness, he tells her that the Queen wants her dead. She can never return home to the castle. Alone, in the forest, some woodland creatures befriend Snow White. They lead her to the cottage of seven dwarfs: Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey. When they return home from working the mine, they find their cottage all clean. They find Snow White asleep upstairs, and she awakes to find the dwarfs staring at her.

They allow her to stay because she can cook and clean, and all seems well in the forest. That doesn’t last long as the Queen quickly finds out that Snow White is still alive when she asks the mirror again who is the fairest one of all. The huntsman tricked her with the heart of a pig.

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The Queen whips up a poisoned apple that puts the person who eats it into a cursed coma. The only way to break the spell is from love’s first kiss. The Queen transforms herself into an old hag, and delivers it to Snow White. She tricks Snow White into biting the apple under the ruse that the apple grants wishes. Snow White falls into her magical sleep, and the Queen proclaims herself the most fair in the land.

The dwarfs return to their cottage with the woodland creatures, and chase the Queen to the edge of a cliff. There, they trap her. She begins to summon a boulder to smash her pursuers, but lightening strikes the cliff, and the fairest Queen of them all falls to her death. The dwarfs return home to find Snow White in her coma. They can’t bring themselves to bury her, so they put her in a glass coffin. They and the woodland creatures will keep watch over Snow White.

After a year, a Prince, whom Snow White met previously while alive, learns of her condition. Madly in love with her, he goes to visit her. Thinking she’s dead, he gives her a kiss which, of course, breaks the spell; waking Snow White from her slumber. As the dwarfs and woodland creatures celebrate, the Prince take Snow White away from them to live in his castle, happily ever after.

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RKO Radio Pictures released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on February 4, 1938. David Hand, William Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, and Ben Sharpsteen directed film starring the voice work of Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, and Lucille La Verne.

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Snow White will only be living at the Prince’s castle in the clouds just for a little while but she’ll come back and reunite with the seven dwarfs and the woodland creatures again one day and continue making soup, apple dumplings, plum pudding and gooseberry pies alone now the witch is gone. And then Snow White will live with the seven dwarfs and the forest animals in the forest again when she comes back from the Prince’s castle on the white horse and even the turtle will be there as well since he wasn’t in the final scene where Snow White was revived and woke up after he got left behind as he was about to reach the dwarfs’ mine with the other animals who bowled the turtle over.

I remember Snow White on video cassette when I was a 90’s kid and used to enjoy it all the time and it had a Making of Snow White featurette after the film which shows how they made it and had a deleted scene Music in Your Soup and the Bed Building and The Bedroom Argument deleted scenes which were cut from the film and at least those forest animals were cute even if they couldn’t speak yet but somehow they’ll all be able to and so will the turtle who always falls behind them on the way.

When Snow White comes back to the forest after she returns from the Prince’s castle in the clouds above she’ll be reunited with the seven dwarfs and the forest animals again and yet the turtle will be there as he wasn’t shown chasing the Evil Queen with the other forest animals and got left behind as he was about to reach the dwarfs’ mine with them and wasn’t in the final scene where Snow White was revived and then taken away to the Prince’s castle in the clouds above on the white horse which is a shame even though he was falling down the stairs in the dwarfs’ cottage when the forest animals ran past him from the dwarfs’ bedroom which is where Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey sleep but the turtle will be there with the whole lot of forest animals when Snow White comes back now the Evil Queen in her witch disguise has fallen to her death after she was hit by lightning with a boulder crushing her bones instead of the dwarfs’ bones and now she can’t kill them since lightning ended her maniacal laughter for good and broke the branch she was using as a lever to push the boulder with in half and shattered the ledge she was standing on sending her screaming to her death below which serves her right for poisoning Snow White with that red apple like that and so are the two vultures who flew down to devour the Evil Queen’s dead body off screen once the boulder had crushed the Evil Queen to death as she fell down and she’s not the fairest in the land anymore meaning Snow White is and she’ll come back to the forest one day soon and stay with the seven dwarfs and the forest animals again when back from the Prince’s castle.

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