‘Snow White’ MotB
(6.30) This week’s installment of Movies on the Block is the ground-breaking animated feature ‘Snow White.’ The New York Times review gives some idea of how mind-blowing this was in 1937. Nobody knew what to expect.
Sheer fantasy, delightful, gay, and altogether captivating, touched the screen yesterday when Walt Disney’s long-awaited feature-length cartoon of the Grimm fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, had its local premiere at the Radio City Music Hall. Let your fears be quieted at once: Mr. Disney and his amazing technical crew have outdone themselves. The picture more than matches expectations. It is a classic, as important cinematically as The Birth of a Nation or the birth of Mickey Mouse. Nothing quite like it has been done before; and already we have grown impolite enough to clamor for an encore. Another helping, please!
Rejected dwarf names: Awful, Biggy, Blabby, Dirty, Gabby, Gaspy, Gloomy, Hoppy, Hotsy, Jaunty, Jumpy, Nifty, and Shifty.
For more on the international response to this “cartoon” check out the two-part “Walt Disney” from ‘American Experience’ on PBS.
Running time 83 minutes. Next week: ‘Pink Floyd the Wall’
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