Picks and Pans Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

updated 07/19/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/19/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Snow White's back, though none the wiser. In this re-release of Walt Disney's enchanting 1937 full-length cartoon based on the Grimm brothers' fairy tale, the little princess again takes up platonic housekeeping with seven short male miners and she still can't resist her wicked stepmother's poisoned apples.

But you knew that. What you might not know, or remember, is how resplendent the animation is, filled with shimmering, saturating color, detailed backgrounds, dizzy comic sequences (the animals helping Snow While straighten up the dwarfs' messy bachelor pad) and catchy melodies ("Whistle While You Work" and "Some Day My Prince Will Come").

What you might be surprised and either amused or disappointed by, depending upon the latitude of your PC tolerance, is Snow White's excessive giddiness (her girlish voice, provided by Adriana Caselotti, now 77, sounds like a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Melanie Griffith) and the fact that in the end, when she rides off with the handsome prince, it's not at all clear, now that she has her man, that she will ever bother to visit with the dwarfs again. (G)

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