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6. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

"Walt Disney's first feature-film is the most immersive of all his creations - the easiest for me to lose myself in. The characters are extremely well realized, from the wicked queen and her unending jealousy, to young Snow White and her simple dreams, to the seven distinctly different little men. Each environment makes me feel like I'm actually there, whether its the spooky woods, the sparkling mine, or the queen's gruesome dungeon. Top it all off with ground-breaking animation and memorable music, and you've got a Disney classic that is original, one-of-a-kind, and a joy to watch."

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is, for me, the one movie that has it all: great story, great characters, the best animation, and the best music. I doubt that any other movie in the history of film has more information packed into each frame. Even though I've seen it at least 20 times, I still see something new when I watch it. The last time, it was the annoyed look that the raccoon gave the deer when the glove fell on its head. The next time, it will be something else. I don’t think Snow White is a perfect movie (the middle sequence leading to where the dwarfs find the sleeping Snow White seems slow), but it’s as close to perfect as any movie I’ve ever seen. Ever notice how Snow White moves like a ballet dancer? She never just walks anywhere. Ever notice how the queen’s crow is presented as a villainous animal but is actually as scared of the queen as anyone? Only the buzzards come off as evil as the queen and the technique of having them swoop down to eat works as a great story-telling device that tells us all we need to know about the final condition of the queen. The scene of the dwarfs and animals mourning the sleeping Snow White is amazing in that sadness is expressed by the tears of the dwarfs, the rain running down the animals’ faces that looks like tears, and the candle wax dripping down the sides of the candles that makes it look like even the candles are crying. Need I even mention the wishing well shot?"

"I find it extremely hard to rank Disney's classical animated movies in any particular order. Most of them are excellent, and each might be considered a favourite of mine. However, if I have to pick only one that shines in particular, it must be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Disney's first animated feature film is simply perfect in every way."

"The film itself is highly enjoyable and technically excellent, even by today's standards, but perhaps its truest merit lies in being the very first definition of a new art form: the animated feature. As such, it is still the yardstick and the paragon."

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs wasn't such a big success merely because it was the first full-length animated film; it was all the hard work that was put into the creation by Walt Disney and his outstanding team of producers and animators. Snow White has been the fairest of them all since 1937."

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2-Disc Platinum Edition (Out of Print)
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