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Based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' follows a young princess named Snow White, whose evil step mother is growing increasingly jealous of due in large to her purity and beauty. Seeking to end it, the evil monarch hires a hunter to kill Snow White in the wood. The Hunter agrees, but when the deed is about to be completed falters and tells Snow White to run. Gaining refuge in a house in the woods, she stumbles upon the whereabouts of seven dwarfs - each carrying their own persona - who she befriends. When the Queen hears of her still being alive she sets out to kill the girl herself. Transforming into a haggard old woman - still one of the best transformation scenes shown on film- she arrives in the wood and offers a bite of a poison apple, which Snow White gratefully accepts. Putting her into a slumber, the Dwarfs chase away the Queen, resulting in an untimely demise, and awaits the first loves kiss that will resurrect her from her sleep. This arrives by the form of a handsome prince charming - that somehow knows the plan too.
As adaptations come, this film is fairly close to the source material and presents the first of many Disney fairy tales in an easy to understand fashion that people can easily find enjoyment in. Through the tight duration that the filmmakers were able to achieve however, this film does have one fault. The pacing of this movie is extremely fast, that for the most part decisions are never thought out - they just occur - and character backstory is never addressed. Never do you find out what happened to Snow White's father or mother, never where the prince has arrived from, as well as other information that would have made it a much more thorough production if it was featured. Instead it seems the filmmakers opted for scenes involving critters and played out to comedic moments, which in the grand scale of things may seem minor but niggle in the mind throughout. A shame for the story and one factor that really does show the age and target audience that this film was originally released for.
Snow White rightly deserves its place in film as a classic, so much quality and hard work means this film has enough production value to still feel relevant today. With only the information laid out to audiences lacking in some areas, this film is proof that good things can last a lifetime and do.