Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Diamond Edition - Disney [$39.99]
Snow White and the Seven DwarfsDirector: David Hand
Cast: Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne, Pinto Colvig, Roy Atwell
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
UK Release Date: 2009-10-06
US Release Date: 2009-10-06
For Walt Disney, it was the realization of a dream, nearly a decade of wondering if his already successful short film style could actually be expanded to feature film length. While history would argue over its claims of being "first" (Russia and Germany might have something to say about it), it remains the beginning of a movemaking mythology that continues to this very day. Without Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, there would be no House of Mouse, no Happiest Place on Earth, no Hannah Montana or Jonas Brothers. Had it failed, had it really been "Disney's Folly", it would have sealed the fate of the fledgling studio forever. Instead, it opened up an entire artform to a new and appreciative audience -- and now modern viewers can experience something similar with the brand new Blu-ray release of this undeniable cartooning classic.
But the final product was not the end result of some manner of presto-chango magic -- no matter what Tinkerbell and the rest of the company's mascots argue. For several years prior, Disney was himself overseeing a massive preproduction that utilized thousands of ideas, sketches, character interpretations, and other sources of inspiration which were then tapped into, twisted around, and frequently discarded. Much of this material was lost over the course of time, but what remains has been carefully cataloged and preserved in Disney's own massive archives/library (over 60 million pieces, and counting). For the Diamond Edition release of Snow White on home video, Lella Smith, curator of the Walt Disney Animation Studios - Animation Research facility, opened the vaults to explain how things went from a famed Brothers Grimm fairytale to a make or break product for the upstart inventor of Mickey Mouse.