Looking through my list of films from the Book I’ve already seen, I noticed I’ve got three more Disney films left on there, so why not knock all three of them out with an appropriately named Disney-a-thon. And what would be more appropriate to start it off than with the first ever Disney film, and (of course) the first ever feature-length animated film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It deals with… well, you should know already. And it stars… well, it’s all voices, so it’s not about who stars in it. Really, if you haven’t seen this one, what the hell is wrong with you, and where did your childhood go?
Oh, and that is actually the correct title of the film up there, even if it looks a little weird (but that’s only because “dwarves” was popularized by J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy works).
The story you all know, and if you don’t, well, shame on you for being so culturally ignorant. As for the story, it’s a little, how should I say… truncated. It’s like the film already knows its story front and back, so it just skips ahead to the parts it really wants to show us, and that’s what we end up seeing. Now, to counteract my previous point, this may not be a bad thing; the film doesn’t mince time, but rather keeps moving forward than take extra and possibly unneeded time on unnecessary exposition or additional scenes under the guise of fleshing out the characters or backdrop of the story. There were times where I appreciated the thriftiness of the film, and times I was a little struck at how fast it was flying by, but that’s no reason to write off the film entirely. The story works, in an incredibly cheesy “Disney” sort of way, but that’s only because this was literally the progenitor of the “Disney” sort of way of doing these films; music, songs, and absolutely nothing that would cause parents to so much as look concerned (though the forest scenes are appropriately scary, but not turn-the-light-on, double-check-the-locks scary).
This film is without question the perfect romance film for the 1930s. It just fits the bill dead on for how a romance of that times was seen in the entertainment world, and like my main point in the previous paragraph, that can be seen as equally a good thing and a bad thing. I, as a lover of film, choose to see it in the positive; it works because it defined the tropes and conventions that became overused as a result, because it worked so well here. On the other hand, this means the film’s overwhelming popularity is now its undoing, as all the follow-ups and takes on the conventions have aged this film dramatically as pop culture has evolved and moved on. Still, if you can take yourself out of your modern, present-day mindset, and take yourself back to a bygone era, this still has a great deal of entertainment to offer you.
Arbitrary Rating: 8/10