This sounds like an excellent first movie to start with. Being that it was the first full-length movie to be made I think it fits this project’s first subject perfectly. I have to say, that in my entire lifespan I might have seen this movie two times. This is quite perplexing since I have little to remember by as a kid with this one, and I am not sure why SWATSD wasn’t more prominent in my collection but at that time I wasn’t controlled by anyone but my parental units. So really, I had no choice!!
Yesterday I got all comfy in my big couch and I turned off the lights like I used to as a kid. (In those days we didn’t believe in such things as caring for eye-sight.) I popped in the regular dvd version (even though I had the blu-ray) and sat through all of the previews like we were forced into back in the day by VHS. It was lovely. I remember much different previews of course but it was reminiscent none-the-less. And so the feature began! I really miss how stories opened up with the old-fashioned fully decorated book! Those were so fun to look at! They actually made the story more enjoyable in the way that they make you feel as if Disney was inviting you to its own story time, right there in your living room.
At first it was difficult to not think about things, what they mean, how things look, etc… But then eventually I relaxed and just let the story take me away. At first impression, I thought maybe I would get bored. Watching a love story doesn’t seem very fun, at least at first impression. But the story all but 10 minutes to get interesting, and I mean interesting in the way that the art style didn’t much matter – the Disney magic took over. I have to say, I had kid feelings boil up to the surface yet again! I remember Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs being scary and weird. Scary because the Queen was a creepy person and she had the most hideous of features. Weird because the Dwarfs were, well, old dudes. Anyway back to the story… I laughed at the obvious humor of Dopey, he was really hilarious and I didn’t remember how sneaky he was before!! And Grumpy is hilarious! I would love to annoy him if I were in the story somewhere.. it would be a joy! Doc annoyed me. It’s like, CALM DOWN Doc, it’s just words!!! Although he was a nice guy so no real annoyance after a moment or two. OMG That cave they were mining was sparkled as all sparkles could be sparkly!!! Random moment: I remember picking rocks up in our gravel drive way and wanting them to be sparkly, JUST LIKE THE ROCKS IN SNOW WHITE! But alas, my Dad promised me a sparkle machine but that was 20 years ago… *tears* No sparkle machine ever came my way…
Despite my non-recieval of the sparkle machine, the sparkly jewels of the mine were the most remembrance of the movie. The little glimpses that I remember as a kid, anyway. I also distinctly remember the “Hi Ho” song as they marched through the forest. The rest of the movie was completely new to me. I do remember the scary eyes of the Queen when she was all ugly and gross and cackling at things. She was such a weirdo. You HAD to know she was pure freaking evil!! How did Snow White not know this? Snow White was too busy cleaning and baking to understand the repercussions of accepting gifts from strangers. Man I wish I remembered more as a kid because when Snow White was “dying” it did not sound right… It made me feel a little uncomfortable actually. I miss not catching these weird awkward moments. Anyways, when the Dwarfs scare off the Queen she’s all powerless to stop them and then ends up killing herself really. I actually got sort of sad really. She died for no reason, well, a selfish reason but she died when clearly if she had been happy with herself none of this madness would have been happening!!
I for one wanted to know how the pig was killed.. because I am a firm believer against animal cruelty and that pig didn’t deserve to be killed just because the huntsman was a pansy. He should seriously feel bad forever and ever. Unless of course he did it humanely and then had a bunch of bacon bits. That would be okay then. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND these were the middle ages!! Clearly there were no such “humane” ways of slaughter!! THE NERVE!! OHHHHHH the agony of thinking about this!!! On the plus side the vultures (whom are always are evil by the way) probably died from eating such a wretched old lady hag. So that was pretty entertaining to think about. How evil am I all of a sudden? MUAHAHAHA!
The lasting impression that I felt about this movie was whiplash. I mean Snow White JUST DIED and then all of a sudden she’s alive and people are all crying and laughing at the same time. Kinda creepy. But I get it, they are all joyous that Snow White, such a sweet, innocent person, is no longer dead. You know, if you were trapped in a glass case breathing in the same air wouldn’t you suffocate and then die anyway? Just a thought. The whiplash occurred because it was like, weren’t we all just scared and worried and upset and then BAM! We’re all good now, the cute prince made everything all better. I for one don’t think kisses heal everything. I mean, the emotional trauma Snow White has to feel now!! She was like the living dead!!! OoO *idea* That would be an EXCELLENT concept for an art piece… *makes a note*
The best thing about watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is that the magic that Disney has created transcends from this very movie. Every single movie that has been it’s predecessor has at least ONE element of SWATSD in it! It actually triggered the need to watch Enchanted REALLY REALLY BADLY. Kudos to Disney, they seriously make the best of the best and it will forever build imaginative fabrics throughout the weaves of time. Oh, and I had to google Enchanted for a moment because I got curious about some facts and OMG THEY ARE MAKING AN ENCHANTED 2!!! O.M.G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am stoked. Okay so yes, back to the subject of Snow White. In my honest opinion I feel like this movie is not going to get its rightfully deserved praise simply because my mind has been tainted by the works of today’s magic. However, I do feel as though this movie was ahead of its time in the way that it conveyed character and evoked emotional turmoil in the most scary areas of plot points. I can’t wait to break this movie down even more and analyse its philosophy. Even though I did not remember much of Snow White at all from her own movie, I did remember some basic moments that emotionally left impressions in my brain cave. This movie was highly riveting and one of the best jump-starts of the classic movie collection we know today.
I heart this project.