Picks and Pans Review: Snow White
This 1937 film was the first full-length color animation produced by the Disney studios. Adapted from the Grimm Brothers fairy tale, it was a huge success and has lost little of its charm over the years. Certainly the joyous first scenes between Snow White and the seven dwarfs who offer her sanctuary are among the most memorable in movies, animated or otherwise. There are some pleasing songs by Frank Churchill—including Whistle While You Work and Someday My Prince Will Come. And the characterizations of good and evil have never been drawn more clearly than between Ms. White and her wicked stepmother, who wants the mirror to tell her she is the fairest in the land and turns into a murderous hag when it tells her she's second to the princess. Some children may have to be gently guided through the stepmother's witchier moments—and reassured that not everyone who gives them an apple is trying to poison them—but this is still a wonderful movie for kids, and adults can always amuse themselves by memorizing the names of the dwarfs: Happy, Doc, Sleepy, uh, Grumpy and, well, the others. (G)
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