Review of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Directed by: David Hand, William Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson,  Larry More, Perce Pearce and Ben Sharpsteen. Produced by Walt Disney Productions.

Snow_White_1937_posterSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first animated feature length film produced by Disney in the 2D drawn style.

Snow White is kindhearted naive princess living with her jealous stepmother, the Evil Queen. The Queen asks her magic mirror daily “who is the fairest one of all” for years the mirror always answered, the Queen was, satisfying her. One day the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the seven dwarfs — Doc, Grumpy, Sneezy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love’s kiss can save her.


We see the “damsel in distress” theme featured in this film, Snow White is relying on a Prince to come to her rescue. Snow White displays many of the gender specific female stereotypes seen in society, such as doing domestic work around the house, taking care of the dwarfs and animals and being naive enough to take a bite of the poisonous apple given by a stranger whom she just met. Which brings me onto the next point: True love’s kiss? She is woken from the curse by a true loves kiss from Prince Charming, whom she just met which doesn’t give enough time for someone to be in love. Now how can someone fall deeply and passionately in love with someone they just met and give them the ‘true loves kiss’ to wake them up from their sleeping death curse?


Snow White gives the message to young girls that your duties are nurturing others, cleaning and enjoying it (when it’s really not that fun) and waiting for a Prince to ‘save you.’ Whereas Disney’s latest films are giving powerful messages for example Frozen’s Elsa she doesn’t need rescuing from a man she is a powerful woman who can do anything on her own or with the help of her sister, also another film; Brave, she is seen as independent, fighter and heroic. It shows us that, us girls are not weak we are strong and can fight for ourselves.


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