When a magic mirror tells an evil Queen that her stepdaughter, Snow White, will soon be the fairest in the land, the Queen’s jealousy gets the better of her. She orders a huntsman to kill Snow White. But the would-be assassin has a change of heart: who could kill anyone so beautiful? Instead he abandons Snow White in the woods, telling her never to return to the castle.
With the help of friendly woodland animals, Snow discovers the cottage of the seven dwarfs: Dopey, Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Happy. She becomes their houseguest and surrogate mother, much to the delight of all except Grumpy. But the Queen soon discovers where Snow is and plots to kill her with a hideous disguise and a poisoned apple.
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is widely regarded as one of the most important animated films of all time. It was Walt Disney’s first feature-length cartoon and its success gave Disney the financial boost to continue. The film was also awarded an honorary Oscar, is in the U.S. National Film Registry and the American Film Institute calls it one of the country’s Top 100 films of all time. Additionally, the film set the standard for both story and animation for all subsequent Disney films.
All that aside, and despite being over 70 years old, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is very much an enjoyable family film. There’s danger, intrigue, a classic evil villain, and seven little people whose names you could guess just by their body language and expression.