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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was finally completed after four years of production. It premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on December 21, 1937 and was later released nationwide on February 4, 1938. The film was based on a German fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm in the first edition of their collection, Grimms’ Fairy Tales. It was the first full-length animated film created by Walt Disney and has become one of the most successful animated films in history. At the 10th Academy Awards in 1938, the film was nominated for Best Musical Score and the following year Walt Disney was awarded an honorary Oscar. Renowned filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein and Charlie Chaplin praised Snow White as a notable achievement in cinema.
The character Snow demonstrated many firsts, including the first Disney princess and first fictional female character with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Snow was originally voiced by American actress Adriana Caselotti and has been portrayed by various prominent singers since. Snow White was also the first film with an official soundtrack with music composed by Frank Churchill and Larry Morey. Before Snow White, a film soundtrack recording was unheard of and had little value to a movie studio.
Walt Disney always wanted to make a full-length animated film and once stated, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” This film is a great example of a man’s dream coming true. He believed “all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” This showed us that if we dream and work hard towards the goal, it can be accomplished. Afterwards, everyone will be in awe.
Shown below is the tentative script and story outline for the third draft of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
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