Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was Walt Disney’s first full length movie. Released in 1937, it set the Disney dynasty in full motion. But related to this film are some interesting, and rather odd circumstances/facts. Here are 10 of the more interesting of these!
Odd Facts About “Snow White”
1- “Snow White” was blacklisted by Walt Disney. Adriana Caselotti was the voice of Snow White. Coming from a family of talented singers, she was hoping to have a career in opera. Instead she was blacklisted by Disney after the release of Snow White. He did not want her to appear in any other films or on stage. In his words,”…that voice can’t be used anywhere. I don’t want to spoil the illusion of Snow White.” Oddly enough, her voice was used only once more in any movie. See fact # 2!
2- Snow White Was In …?:Adriana Caselotti (voice of Snow White) only other film role was in “The Wizard Of Oz” as an uncredited voice over. In the scene where the Tin Man sings “If I only Had A Heart”, there is a voice that says “Wherefore art thou, Romeo?”. It’s Adriana!
3- Odd Personalities: Grumpy, Dopey, Sleepy… If each dwarf reminds you of someone you know at the office, neighborhood, or school, that’s because each was carefully selected and crafted to represent the traits of “the average guy”.
4- $5 Gags: Walt Disney told his artists he’d pay $5 (good money during the depression) for each gag featuring any of the dwarfs that made it into the movie.
5- Stubby Dwarf ?: Some of the dwarfs’ names considered were Stubby, Baldy, Bingo-Ego, Wheezy, Puffy, Stuffy, Jumpy, Nifty, Gabby, and Burby.
6- Disney’s Eyebrows: While sitting through the early story meetings for the movie, the artists were captivated by Walt Disney’s facial expressions, especially his eyebrows. As you now watch the movie today, note that six of the dwarfs have Walt Disney’s expressive eyebrows, thanks to the sharp eyes of the artists during those early meetings. Oddly enough, the only dwarf lacking the eyebrows of the man who brought happiness to millions was “Happy”! His eyebrows are white and brushy.
7- Seems Disney Miscalculated… : When Disney began the Snow White project, he anticipated the total cost of the production to be around $250,000. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Total cost was closer to $1.5 million. (That was quite a mistake to make, especially during the depression!).
8- Mrs. Disney: “YOU DID WHAT?” : It appears Disney’s miscalculations on movie costs caused a problem for he and his wife Lillian. Walt had to mortgage their home to get enough money to cover the added expenses of the movie! Needless to say, she was one VERY unhappy wife! Read fact # 9 to see her response!
9- Mrs. Disney’s Thought About Snow White…: Seems Mrs. Disney did not have the confidence Walt had about the movie. When told of his project, Lillian said, “No one’s ever going to pay a dime to see a dwarf picture!”
10- How Shirley Temple Is Tied To The Movie: “Snow White” won a special Oscar in 1939. It consisted of a tall statue with 7 little statuettes along side. It was presented by a young Shirley Temple.