Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
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Directed by: David Hand, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell, Walt
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Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille LaVerne
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs ranked # 49 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. Although it was not, as commonly believed, the first full-length animated feature (the 1917 Argentinian film El Apostol holds that distinction), it was the first animated feature to become widely successful within the English-speaking world and the first to be filmed in Technicolor.
Snow White was produced by Walt Disney Productions, premiered on December 21, 1937, and released generally to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures on February 8, 1938. Based upon the fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm, the film's plot has a jealous and wicked queen attempt to have her stepdaughter murdered, but the girl escapes and is given shelter by seven dwarfs who live deep in a forest. Snow White was the first major animated feature made in the United States, the most successful motion picture released in 1938, and is the second highest-grossing film of all time when adjusted for inflation.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater on December 21, 1937 to a widely receptive audience (many of whom were the same naysayers who dubbed the film "Disney's Folly"), who gave the film a standing ovation at its completion. Shortly thereafter, Walt and his magical dwarfs appeared on the cover of Time. RKO Radio Pictures put the film into general release on February 4, 1938, and it went on to become a major box-office success, making more money than any other motion picture in 1938. In fact, for a short time, Snow White was the highest grossing film in American cinema history; it was removed from that spot by Gone with the Wind in 1940.
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