I'm sure you know about Disney. It's a household name, after all. You've probably heard of how "it all started with a mouse." Maybe even how Disney created the first animated feature film in color, which is the movie I'm reviewing today. That is quite a story, indeed.
Before this iconic film was released, people highly doubted that it'd be a success. Cartoons generally relied on gags, and people thought watching a movie full of gags would get stale after a while. Atleast, that's what I'd assume. I didn't live back then, so I wouldn't know for sure...
It was extremely risky. If Snow White failed, Disney would've most likely filed for bankruptcy. Of course, as you probably know already, they succeeded with flying colors and wowed the crowd. How touching. Too bad they went back to being poor a few years later.
You probably didn't come here to see me talk about history. I'm not the best at talking about that (though I repeatedly slap history class in the face, somehow). So, how about I talk about this famous movie, one that amazed so many people back then, and still amazes people now, instead? Don't worry, I'm not biased. Infact, I haven't watched most of the animated Disney movies. Save Chicken Little, but we don't talk about that one.
Basically, I'm going in blind. I'm sure this will be fun. Somewhat. So, let us dive into the story of this film. Does it live up to the hype, or is it just a dud? To read is divine, and thou shall be blessed upon thee when doing so. I think that was wrong grammar. Read. Now.
DISCLAIMER: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
So, after the title card and old-fashioned credits, the movie cuts to the first scene of the movie... Well, kind of. It shows us a real-life book, titled, of course, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." It has quite a pretty cover. The book opens, and we get to read about Snow White's situation (her being a scullery maid and all), and the Queen's obsession with being the fairest. Unfortunately, there is no narrator reading to the audience, so blind people have to resort to crying in a corner. I want to sue them already... Eventually, the first animated scene comes up: A view of a castle. As it zooms in, the surrounding environment gets closer, and- oh my god are they using a multiplane camera!? Back in the day, drawings were flat. If you zoomed into the drawing, everything would get "bigger". For example, a landscape at night, with the moon in the sky. The multiplane camera solves this. You can just use separate drawings for the landscape, moon, etc. to give the illusion that not everything gets bigger at the same time when you zoom in. It makes for some beautiful film at times. I hope that was a good enough explanation... Probably not.
So, eventually, the movie cuts to the famous "fairest one of all" scene. The Queen calls the mirror (with the fancy thee) and asks it the ultimate question. The mirror answers with a vaque riddle to arouse her (presumably), but the Queen knows immediately that it's talking about the girl of legends, Snow White. Speaking of her... We now cut to her introduction. We see her cleaning the stairs, humming... You know, this is boring. Let's cut to the part where she walks up to a well. She looks inside, and spots two birds. She then proceeds to tell them a very big secret... That being the first Disney song ever, "I'm Wishing."
The first song in the movie is, unfortunately, somewhat unmemorable. She sings about wishing to meet her love, as
all a handful of adolescent girls do. It is your typical "I want" song. I only remember the chorus. How disappointing. Visually, there are a few memorable shots. Most notably, a shot inside the well. Snow White cannot be seen clearly here, due to the water effect(!). Impressive. Somewhat.