Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell, Pinto Colvig, Zeke Clements
Director: David Hand
Release Date: 27 December 1937
Length: 83 minutes
Movie Rating: G
View Format: TV
My Rating: 5/5 stars
“Walt Disney broke new ground in 1937 with this animated feature-length film, based on the famous fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, about a jealous queen, her beautiful stepdaughter, seven lovable dwarfs and a handsome prince. The Oscar-nominated classic includes the songs “Whistle While You Work,” “Heigh-Ho” and “Some Day My Prince Will Come” (which became a jazz standard via trumpeter Miles Davis in the 1950s).” — Netflix.com
I am amazed at how good this movie still looks! It is hard to believe that it was animated in 1937, it just seems timeless. The attention to detail is exquisite in this movie and there are little hidden surprises around every corner, especially in the dwarfs’ home. I love the carvings and all of the fun adaptations that the dwarfs made and it shows you an old house that has been lovingly handcrafted over a long period of time. The dwarfs are my favorite in the movie. They are just so cute and so funny! I think Walt Disney made a very good decision in naming the dwarfs after a distinguishing characteristic as it made them easy to remember and opened the door for many fun moments. The music is charming and many generations of children & adults the world over can sing the songs in this movie from memory (myself included, of course).
The Evil Queen (voiced by Lucille La Verne) is fantastic and still pretty scary! I know that a lot of my nieces and nephews have to wait until they are older to watch this Disney classic as they get too scared! Still, I love the intensity and I think it is good to make movies geared towards children that introduce you to adult themes such as jealousy, envy, love, hate, virtue and more. This movie is an enjoyable watch for adults, not just for children, and I think that, if you really look at this movie, it was made for everyone to watch and enjoy together. They really did a wonderful job adapting this classic fairy tale into a beloved movie masterpiece.
Even though I love this movie and gave it a great rating, it does not mean that there are a few parts that I do not enjoy. Firstly, I don’t care for Snow White’s voice (Adriana Caselotti). It is too little girly and high-pitched for me. I understand why the voice was selected as Shirley Temple was the most popular child actress of the time, but it still grates on my nerves. Secondly, this movie was the beginning of the end for me on the romance front. I think that I speak for women everywhere when I say that we are all waiting for our prince to come and find us. I guess if you learn to look for princes in unexpected places, you find that happily ever after, but there is no glorious ride off into the sunset where everything is wonderful and there are no more problems.
I don’t think there are many people who have not seen or heard of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs so I appreciate that this review is kind of redundant, but, I watched it so I am reviewing it. And I will probably continue watching this movie for years to come. Every time I watch it I see something different and enjoy it in a different way. Definitely rent this movie to watch with your children if you haven’t already!
This movie contains some intense, scary scenes with the Evil Queen, especially at the end. I know from experience that younger children get pretty scared at this point. This movie is appropriate for viewers of all ages, but you will want to watch it with your young children (ages 2-4).