Fun facts about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Whistle while you work your way through these facts about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Check out this trivia on the 1937 classic we all know and love.
The film took about three years to create and was completed in 1937. Initially the project was budgeted at $250,000. However, production costs quickly ballooned to $1.5 million, which, in the 1930’s, was a huge sum of money. Walt was forced to mortgage his home to pay for production.
Walt Disney’s Folly?
Some critics were convinced the film would fail before it’s release. They even nicknamed it “Walt Disney’s Folly”. Supposedly, Walt’s wife, Lillian Disney, thought the movie would be a bomb. Ye of little faith. The movie turned out to be a huge hit. It was so much of a success that Walt was able to build the Disney Studios in Burbank from the profits earned.
Painting a Pretty Picture
750 artists drew more than two million sketches before the movie was finished. The movie ultimately contained more than 250,000 separate pictures. In 1989, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs was the first animated feature to be recognized for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” by the National Film Registry.
Snow White had a little help becoming the fairest of them all. The women in the Ink and Paint department applied real make up to the cels, transparent sheets used for hand drawn animation. The blush gave Snow White a lifelike appearance and her famously rosy cheeks.
In order to ensure that all of Snow White’s animal friends were captured just right, Disney kept a variety of live animals at the studio for the animators to reference. Must have be fun to have adorable woodland creatures at work.
Walk of Fame
Only a few Disney characters have been honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Snow White is one of them, with a star of her own. Other characters with stars on the Walk of Fame include Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Winnie the Pooh.
Actors had to do some strange things to manipulate their voices for some of the characters. Lucille La Verne provided the voice of both the queen and the witch in the film. She achieved the witch’s rough sound by removing her false teeth. Moroni Olsen, the voice of the Magic Mirror, had to speak the lines while wearing a box frame covered with old drum heads over his head.
Originally, Twenty-five songs were written for the movie, composed by songwriters Frank Churchill and Larry Morey. Only eight were actually used in the film. One of those songs was titled “Music in Your Soup”. Sounds musically delicious. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was also the first film to release a motion-picture soundtrack for people to purchase.
Award Winning Dwarfs
In 1939, Walt Disney received a special Academy Award for the film. The award came with seven smaller awards, for each of the seven Dwarfs. Who presented Walt with this award? A very young Miss Shirley Temple.
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