Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Seven facts on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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click to enlarge SHAWTY WHAT YOUR NAME IS: Snow White greets her new BFF's in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • SHAWTY WHAT YOUR NAME IS: Snow White greets her new BFF's in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Disney celebrates 72 years of Sleepy, Sneezy, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Dopey and of course Snow White this year with the release of the Diamond Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Artists, not dwarfs remastered over 120,000 animation cells to restore the film to a pristine quality better than the original version. According to Disney Animation Curator, Lella Smith, reflections of camera men on individual cells as well as their fingerprints covered the original theatrical version of the film. Smith shared insights about the development of Disney's first animated feature film in an online presentation about the dwarfs and the long journey animators took to produce the movie.

Ok, so fingerprints and ghostly images may not peak your interests, but here's a couple of little known facts Smith shared about the film available in behind-the-scene features on the Diamond Edition:

  1. Snoopy was considered as a name for one of the seven dwarfs in the film. Other names considered were Wheezy, Baldy, Lazy, Tubby and Jumpy.
  2. In early concepts of the dwarfs, they were drawn as tall as Snow White.
  3. It took two years to come of with the seven final dwarfs.
  4. Snow White was the highest grossing film until it was surpassed by Gone With the Wind in 1939.
  5. Snow White was the first film to have an accompanying soundtrack released.
  6. Snow White and Dopey were motion modeled by the same person, famed dancer Marge Champion.
  7. There’s a total of 60-million illustrations archived from the Snow White project in the Disney library.

Disney's Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs - Diamond Edition. Rated G. Available on Blu-Ray and DVD Tues. October 6.

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