On this day, 75 years ago, the classic Disney movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released nationwide in the United States to the general public. Let’s take a closer look at this timeless masterpiece, and it’s journey to the big screen.
When Walt Disney announced the intention of producing the first feature length animated film, it was received with skepticism and uncertainty – after all, it was a great financial risk at the time, and no other production company has done it before.
It was a defining hit-or-miss move on Disney’s career, and fortunately for him (and the rest of the world), Fate decided that it was going to be a hit.
And what a hit it was.
The development and production for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves began in early 1934, and cost around $1.5 million dollars to produce – a sum unheard of for a feature length film back then. It originally premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre on December 21, 1937, but it wasn’t until a month and a half later, on February 4, 1938, that the general audiences can discover the magic, and establish Walt Disney as a household name.
In fact, Snow White has won Disney an Academy Honorary Award in the 11th Academy Awards for making “a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneer[ing] a great new entertainment field”. In 1993, it also became the first film to be restored by being entirely scanned into digital files, manipulated, and re-recorded into film.
In celebration of the film’s 75th anniversary, the Walt Disney Family Museum has put up an exhibit called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic, that featuresmore than 200 works of art from the film, ranging from conceptual drawings, early character studies, detailed story sketches, animation drawings, pencil layouts, watercolor backgrounds, and vintage posters.
The exhibit will be on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco until April 14, 2013.
You can learn more about Disney and his journey to making Snow White a reality on the fascinating video below.
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