||In a word, outstanding. The only thing
that is really missing in this story is some semblance of a real plot.
The plot is enough, however, to hold the movie, as the characters,
music, songs, comedy and animation carry it completely.
The most outstanding thing about this
movie is the animation. I can't praise it highly enough. True, there are
some scenes that look a little washed out, and don't seem to fit in with
the rest of the movie -several scenes at the very beginning come to
mind. However, there are scenes like Snow White's reflection in the
mirror, the incredible blurs that appear, from the Queen's
transformation, to the amazing fog that she paddles through on the river,
and more, that feel like they haven't been surpassed even today! These days,
animators need computers to get effects like that -which shows how
amazing the animation on this film was.
The colors are also used to accent the
story, and used extremely well. I can't even imagine how an audience in
1937 would have felt seeing this color film for the first time.
What really holds the movie together
are the characters. Snow White is actually less of a character, and more
like a stimulus. She barely has a personality, being naive and so
innocent. The dwarfs (dwarves?), however, are complete characters. They
also provide the best comic relief. We immediately fell in love with
Dopey, who also seems to be the smartest of the dwarfs. He fawns over
Snow White, but is the first to realize that there is only one pillow.
He figures out how to be taller to dance with her, and knows how to play
the drums. I absolutely loved the way he tried to hunt and pounce on the
soap when they were washing Grumpy!
Incidental characters, but no less
important to the story, were the animals. From the adorable rabbits to
the blushing birds, and finally the incredible turtle, the poor thing
took forever to get up the stairs (or anywhere), and was still happy
about it! So cute!
Being a mono soundtrack (and not having
Dolby Digital surround system at home), the movie was at times difficult
to hear, as voices became overwhelmed by the background music or sound
effects. Snow White was especially difficult, because of the high pitch
of her voice. A case in point is her first song, which comes off much
better among the dwarfs than in the forest. I spend the next several
days after seeing this movie singing "Heigh Ho!", however!
It was nearly ten years since I last
saw Snow White, and I remember being blown away by it then, too.
Surprisingly, I had forgotten so much of it, especially the beginning.
At first I was disappointed that the
movie was shown in full-frame, but then recalled (and subsequently
verified) that back in 1937,
movies were always in what we now call full-frame. They only changed
when TV came along, for fear of the competition. The DVD menus are neat,
though they got annoying the more days we watched the movie -taking way
too long to get anywhere. Still, similar to
Beauty and the Beast and
Monsters, Inc., if you wait too long, the Magic Mirror starts making
At this time, I've only watched the
special features on Disc 1, the most impressive of which is the very
interesting documentary on the making of Snow White. I also thought the
game was a lot of fun, something I haven't enjoyed on other DVDs. The
Guided Tours are a neat idea, but don't watch them the same night as
watching the special features, as they actually show us parts of those
features. Disc 2 will have to wait a while, for it looks like there are
many nights of viewing there, with all sorts of other interesting stuff.
I can't wait.
The movie, which is the main interest
of the DVD, is simply amazing. When compared with some of the footage
(not remastered) shown in the documentary features, the actual movie
looks astounding. The color is beautiful and the lines are sharp. Truly