The mere evocation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is an open door to flooding childhood memories. I loved it then, and I still do now. This is probably one of the reasons I’m absolutely not caught up in all this recent Snow White frenzy. I’m not sure I want to see the movies either the one with Lily Collins and Julia Roberts or the other with Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart. Maybe I’ll change my mind but to me, Snow White is Walt Disney’s 1937’s classic animated film. I loved everything about it, from Snow White cleaning the house with wild animals to all of the the dwarfs Doc, Happy, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Bashful and of course, Dopey.
I was quite defiant of perfectly red apples for a long time! I was also puzzled by the Evil Queen being so jealous in the first place, because gee, was she hot! It was kind of sad that she had to become so hideous -and mean!- when she was so beautiful. I could already appreciate a good villain!
And Snow White also fueled one of my first and long-lasting frustration: when I wanted to sing along the dwarfs coming back from work, I couldn’t whistle. And to this day, I still can’t, and it painfully triggers me every time I watch The Bridge on the River Kwai and To Have and Have Not, because no, Slim Browning, you don’t “just put your lips together and blow”! I remember the our Snow White VHS came with bonuses, you read that right, bonuses! It included a commentary, the making-of and scenes that were not kept in the final cut like this scene where Snow White and the dwarfs were having soup for dinner and she tried to teach them manners when they were slurping their soup! I loved watching the making-of and compare the different sketches of Snow White. Maybe thats when my directing ambitions were born!