Saturday, July 17, 2010

The 100 Best Movies: #65

65. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The Disney film that started it all. I think for many children (of my generation and older for sure) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was one of the first animated films we ever saw, or at least the Disney Studio made you feel like it was. The fairy tale itself (thanks in large part to the House of Mouse) is probably the most well-known of tales. The songs, which have been parodied in everything from television sitcoms to within Disney's catalogue itself (see Enchanted), are some of the most hummable of the studio's tunes. The story is a simple one. A vain Queen with a Magic Mirror discovers her stepdaughter has grown more beautiful than she and so sends her servant to kill her (A little harsh for Disney standards, but its source material is Grimm Brothers!). When the servant balks, the young girl runs deep into the forrest where she finds a small cottage. The cottage is the home of the Seven Dwarfs (Can you name them all without consulting Wikipedia?). The Queen discovers Snow White is still alive and insists on settling the matter herself (Apple, anyone?). All is resolved with true love's kiss from Prince Charming himself (sorry for the spoilers, but come on, I know you know this story). The film is so iconic and filled with so many memorable images that you just cannot escape it. From the lovable Diamond-digging Dwarfs to the sweet warbles of the titular heroine, it is part of our childhood lexicon and it belongs there.

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