Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne
Director: William Cottrell
Running Time: 83 mins
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs is an American film about a beautiful young princess who is forced to take refuge in the woods as a jealous queen pursues her. However, when in the woods, Snow White discovers a troop of seven friendly dwarves who take her in.
Well, Walt Disney’s first feature film is surely one of his best of all time. This is not only a beautiful and adorable fairytale, but it’s a classic story, with enough drama, excitement and happiness to make it delightful for everyone to watch.
Now, the main thing about this film that makes it such a classic is that it is perfectly enjoyable for anyone of any age to watch. It is a fairytale, one of the classic Grimm Brothers ones, but that doesn’t mean in any way that it’s cheesy, predictable or preposterous.
No, instead, you get a magical story that centres around one of the most likeable and iconic ‘Disney Princesses’ of all time, as well as having a big cast of animals, dwarfs, a queen/witch and the charming prince, which gives it a very warm and happy feel, making it ideal for family watching.
But even if you somehow get tired of the beautiful happiness of this film, there’s a hugely exciting understory that snowballs into a thrilling climax. From the start, you get the perfect idea of the tension between the Queen and Snow White, and with the Queen’s seemingly relentless jealousy of Snow White, her actions feel completely unpredictable.
Of course, it is the classic story we all know and love, and it can be condensed down into basically one sentence, but the film manages to pull you away from thinking about the fact that you know the story already, and just lets you enjoy this wonderfully happy atmosphere that it presents, and because of that, I’ll give this film an 8.1.