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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)



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As with many innovations, Walt Disney was laughed at when he announced work on a full length animated feature. At the time, cartoons were gag-filled comedy shorts. No one could imagine how an full-length animated film could hold up. To produce Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney and his company sunk so much money in to the project that, had it not been a wild success, they'd have been horribly in debt -- and, more likely than not, the Disney corporation we know today that produces animated classics at an astonishing rate, would have never existed. With Snow White, animation was taken in a new direction, tackling a serious story devoid of the loony gags that cartoons were noted for. It was a humongous step, especially considering that decades later, the film holds up as well as it ever did. In addition, Snow White is rich with detail, which is noticeably absent from even the best animated features the studio would produce a mere ten years later. Effective, admirable animation, cute yet clever humor, and fun songs all contribute toward an all-round great film.

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