2Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs A Little History and More
3Snow White’s Beginnings Snow White, (in German, Schneewittche, Snowdrop in their first edition) is a fairy tale known from many places in Europe.The best known version is the one collected by the Brothers Grimm.Snow White in her coffin, Theodor Hosemann, 1852.
4Snow White’s Beginnings The German version features elements such as the mirror and the seven dwarfs.In non-German versions the dwarfs are generally robbers, while the talking mirror is a dialog with the sun or moon.
5Snow White’s Beginnings In a version from Albania, collected by Johann Georg von Hahn (1864), the main character lives with 40 dragons.The sleep is caused by a ring.The start of the story also has an interesting twist in that a teacher urges the heroine to kill her own mother so that the teacher can take her place.
6Snow White’s Beginnings The origin of the tale is debated.It is likely no older than the Middle Ages.Many scholars think it originated somewhere in Asia.
7Once upon a time, a queen was doing needle work while staring outside her window at the beautiful snow.
8Snow White’s Beginnings It was because of her distracted state that she pricked her finger on her needle and a drop of blood fell on some snow that had fallen on her windowsill.As she looked at the blood on the snow she said to herself, "Oh, how I wish that I had a daughter that had skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony."
9Snow White’s Beginnings Soon after that, the queen gave birth to a baby girl who had skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony.They named her Princess Snow White.
10Snow White’s Beginnings The queen soon died, perhaps in childbirth.Soon after, the king took a new wife who was beautiful, but very vain . . .
11Snow White’s Beginnings In the Brothers Grimm first edition, the villain is Snow White's jealous mother.In another version she does not order a servant to take Snow White to the woods, but takes her there herself to gather flowers and abandons her.
12It is believed that the change to a stepmother in later editions was to tone down the story for children.
13Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs In the Disney version, Snow White wakes from her enchanted sleep as soon as the Prince kisses her, similar to Sleeping Beauty.The Prince and Snow White have met prior to her enchanted sleep, so he has fallen in love with the awake rather than the sleeping princess, an unusual variation in the Snow White tales.
14Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs This version is perhaps the most well known version of the story, and is a classic of the cinema.This version of Snow White also has a role in the videogame Kingdom Hearts where she is one of the Princesses of Hearts kidnapped by Maleficent.
15Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Snow White, although marrying at the end of the tale, is seven when her stepmother tries to kill her.This may be explained by her growing up while in the coffin or during her stay with the dwarves.
16Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs More often, Snow White is depicted in illustrations as considerably older.One interpretation of the tale is the polarization of women into the evil and active versus the innocent and domestic.
1710th Kingdom, a short TV-series movie, was loosely based on Snow White, as well as many other fairy tales.HBO's Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, cast Snow White as White Snow, daughter of a native American chieftain.
18In 1988, ABC released a sitcom based on the home life of Snow White and Prince Charming called “The Charmings."Snow White is one of Princess Fiona's friends in the Shrek movies. She shares an affinity with small woodland creatures with her Disney counterpart.
19In 1988, the Filmation company produced the first ever sequel to the Snow White tale, originally titled Snow White and the Realm of Doom.Disney feared that it would be mistaken as a direct sequel to their own.Disney filed a lawsuit against Filmation, which lead them to change the title to Happily Ever After.After several years it was later released on video in 1993.
20SO, whatever happened to Snow White? That is a good question.She appears again in Happily Ever After.The saddest thing is the story’s failure to provide a satisfactory answer about what happened to Snow White.The story takes place a short time after the events of the 1937 Disney masterpiece.
21Snow White's wedding is approaching, and Lord Malice, the brother of the evil Queen, plans to stop it.Lord Malice transforms himself into a dragon, kidnaps Snow White, and changes her prince into a hideous man.
22Snow White looks for the Seven Dwarfs, but they are on vacation and have leased their home to their magical cousins, the Dwarfelles.Together they journey to the Realm of Doom where they will defeat Lord Malice and save the prince.
23There is another Brothers Grimm tale called Snow White and Rose Red which also includes a character called Snow White.This Snow White is a completely separate character from the one found in this tale.The original German names are also different: Schneewittchen (the Princess) and Schneeweißchen (together with Rosenrot).
24There is actually no difference in the meaning (both mean "snow white"), but the first name is more influenced by the dialects of Low Saxon while the second one is the standard German version, demonstrating a class difference between the two Snow Whites.
25Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs First, a 1902 Snow White film was released.Then a 1916 version with the title Snow White was made.A 1933 Betty Boop cartoon, Snow White, was adapted from the story, as was the famous Disney animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
26Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs In 1961, the story was parodied in the film Snow White and the Three Stooges, starring Moe, Howard, Larry Fine, and Joe “Curly-Joe" DeRita.This film is widely regarded by fans of the Three Stooges as their worst feature film.In the film, the dwarfs had gone on vacation and lent Moe, Larry, and Curly Joe the use of their cottage.
27The comedy-horror-erotic adaptation of Grimm's Fairy Tales, Grimms Märchen von Lüsternen Pärchen (1969), presented Snow White among other characters of Grimm Tales.A pornographic version of Snow White was released in 1976 in the X- rated animated film Once Upon a Girl.
28Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Versions of Snow White have included:1987 fantasy film1997 fantasy/horror film2001 another live action version was made for TV, called Snow White.Daddy’s Little Bit of Dresden China, a 1988 short film, uses the Snow White story as part of a story of child sexual abuse.
29Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs All the firsts:1937 animated featurefirst produced by Walt Disneyfirst animated feature to become widely successful within the English-speaking worldfirst to be filmed in Technicolor
30Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs premiered on December 21, 1937adapted from the old German fairy tale Snow White by the Grimm Brothers
31Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Tenth highest-grossing film of all time within the United StatesRanks 34th in the 100 greatest American films of all tmeOnly traditionally animated film on the list
32Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Hollywood movie industry mockingly referred to the film as "Disney's Folly."It cost just over $1.5 million, a whopping sum for a feature film in 1937.
33Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Disney fought to get the film produced.His brother and his wife Lillian attempted to talk him out of it.He had to mortgage his house to finance the film's production.
34Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Snow White is looked upon as a triumph of storytelling skill in animation.
36Names of the Seven Dwarfs Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, and Sneezy were created for this production.
37Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Names were chosen from a pool of about 50 suggestions.HornyFlasherFlauntyHairyBurpyTubbyChestyPuffyGrabbyJauntyNiftyScrappyDaffyGassyDizzySniffyJumpyGabbyBlabbyScaredyBaldyBiggo EgoFlabbyCrankySillyAwfulSnoopyLazyShiftyMr. Shy
38Keeping track of all seven dwarfs is actually quite simple once you have mastered this simple mnemonic device: two S’s, two D’s, and three emotions. Two S’s: Sleepy and Sneezy; two D’s: Dopey and Doc; and three emotions: Happy, Bashful, and Grumpy.
39Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Walt Disney and his magical dwarfs appeared on the cover of Time magazine.The New York Times said "Thank you very much, Mr. Disney."
40Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Disney's wife, Lillian, told him: "No one's ever gonna pay a dime to see a dwarf picture.“The audience gave the film a standing ovation at its premier.
41Did you know?The movie version of Snow White, along with King Kong, were the favorite movies of Adolf Hitler.Mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing was greatly enamored by the story of Snow White and eventually committed suicide by eating a cyanide laced apple.