Snow White is the main character in Disney's 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
She is the first and youngest official Disney Princess and provided the basis for later heroines such as Cinderella and Aurora.
Snow White was born into the royal family. Her mother the Queen died shortly after her birth. After some time, the King, Snow White's father, re-married a vain and cold-hearted queen. Not long after their marriage, the King, Snow's beloved father, suspiciously died, leaving the young princess an orphan.
As a young child, Snow White's vain and wicked stepmother the Evil Queen feared that one day Snow White's beauty would surpass her own. So, she dressed Snow White in rags and forced her to work as a scullery maid to try to quench her growing beauty. Each day, the Queen consulted her magic mirror asking, "Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?" As long as the mirror answered, "You are the fairest one of all," Snow White was safe from her stepmother's cruel jealousy. Snow White may have been a maid but she never complained when she worked and whenever she was sad she would always hum a tune to cheer herself up and her animals friends would visit. The people of the kingdom felt sorry for their princess when the Evil Queen made her a servant, but they could not rebel due to the Queen's power.
Snow White is the sweetest and the most gentle of all the Disney Princesses. She's naive, resilient, sentimental, helpful and kind, but can also be quite assertive and has the sternness of a mother; this is shown when she warns the dwarfs to wash their hands or they'll get nothing to eat, and when she scolds some of the birds after they attacked the Queen in her old hag form.
She's also shown to be quite playful, as she teased Grumpy by laughing when he hit his nose as he left to wash in a huff.
She is a dreamer and a romantic, but is willing to work hard if need be in order to earn her keep. She enjoys singing, dancing, cooking (which is thanks to her stepmother making her a scullery servant in the castle), daydreaming and a love of animals. However, her kindness and generosity can often blind her judgment, and she's quick to break rules if it means to help someone in trouble (as seen when she helped the old crone when her animal friends started to attack her). She's always quick to rebel against anything that will go against her high moral values, such as when she let the disguised Queen enter the cottage, thinking her as a sickly, old beggar, despite the warnings from Grumpy.
Possibly because both of her parents have died, Snow White was very empathetic towards the dwarfs when she had at first assumed that they were a group of orphaned children when she thought they had no mother or father. Snow White is well known as an optimist; even when others were rude to her, or when things looked grim, she always had a positibe outlook on life.
Snow White is the most pure-hearted of the Disney Princesses; she's never mean, cruel or stubborn, and, because of her resilience and hopeful nature, she shows a great inner strength against adversity. This makes her an example of the fact that one does not have to be physically tough to be strong.
She's coined as the Fairest of Them All; this is because of her purity showing much more beauty than the Queen's vanity and jealousy, along with her ivory skin.
Snow White is a 14-year old girl often described as the "fairest in the land." The phrase "lips red as a rose, hair black as ebony and skin white as snow", describes her most notable features, being her rosy red lips and rosy cheeks, and both her hair and skin colour. She is sweet, but also shy. Being fairly short in height, Snow White also has a rather slender, flat-chested figure and dainty little feet.
Her simple signature court dress consists of a dark blue bodice with a high white collar; her short puffy sleeves are a lighter blue colour than her bodice and the red cloth poking through exemplify the "slashing" design, which was very fashionable in Tudor times. It involved cutting the cloth on the outside of the outfit and pulling through another layer of cloth from underneath. The long and shapeless yellow skirt has a white petticoat with tan pumps decorated with yellow bows and flows right down to her ankles. Snow White's short black hair is styled in a bob and parted in the middle. She wears a red headband with a bow.
The design and characterisation of Snow White was influenced by both the heroine of traditional European romantic fairy tales and the popular Hollywood heroine. Early designs showing Snow White with blonde hair suggest Eugene Grasset's depiction of the goddess of spring in Le Printemps as another influence; like Disney's Snow White, Grasset's goddess is closely connected to nature, and, as in one of Grasset's studies for the piece, Snow White entertains animals with music.
Snow White's design was supervised by Grim Natwick, an animator who had previously developed and worked on Betty Boop at the Fleischer Studio. Early designs for the character resemble Betty Boop, and some appear to be caricatures of famous actresses such as Zasu Pits; however, Snow White's appearance, like the Queen's became less and less caricatured. For example, Hamilton Luske's first design for Snow White depicted her as a slightly awkward, gangly teenager. The design could easily have been animated without the use of live-action reference, but Walt Disney had a different idea in his mind; the character ultimately was designed to be older, and more realistic-looking. In order for Snow White to better relate onscreen to the seven dwarfs, however, it was decided that her head be slightly larger than normal. The ink and paint women felt that Snow White's black hair was too un-natural and harsh, so drybrushed whisps of light grey over the top of each cell.
Marge Bell (who would later become Marge Champion) performed live-action reference for the animation of Snow White, directed by Hamilton Luske. When it was decided that Snow White should have a slightly larger head than normal, Bell was made to wear a football helmet to make her head appear larger. This was stopped after 5 minutes, as Bell found it impossible to perform ande-action reference while wearing the helmet.
The Evil Queen, jealous of her stepdaughter's beauty, forces Snow White to work as a scullery servant in her castle; even in rags and clogs, however, her beauty shines through, causing the Queen to worry that Snow White's beauty may one day surpass her own. She has such vanity that she consults her Magic Mirror every day, ordering the slave within to reveal the name of the fairest in the land. Every day the spirit says that the Queen is the fairest, and she is content, until the mirror informs her that Snow White has finally become the fairest in the land.
Outside, as Snow White works, she then tells a group of doves a secret about the well she is drawing water from and tells them it's a wishing well and then sings "I'm Wishing", attraction the attention of the Prince, who is passing by. As she sings into the well, performing a duet with her echo, she is startled as the Prince suddenly joins in. She runs indoors, and watches from a balcony as he sings "One Song". The two are immediately infatuated with each other. Watching from above is the Queen, who angrily closes the curtains of her window in jealousy.
The Queen summons her huntsman to her and orders him to kill Snow White. The Queen asks him to bring her heart back in a special box as proof that he has succeeded in the task. The Huntman takes Snow White to a secluded glade and, checking that no one else is present, advances on the princess as she is helping a young bird return to its parents. Snow White sees the Huntsman's shadow on the rock in front of her, turns around and screams in terror. However, the Huntsman cannot bring himself to kill her upon seeing the beauty in a princess such as herself and begs Snow White for forgiveness. He tells her of the Queen's insane jealousy and tells her to run away and never come back. She takes his advice and flees through the forest, and her fright is manifested in the plants around her; branches suddenly resemble claw-like hands, and floating logs resemble crocodiles. Overcome by terror, she eventually collapses, sobbing. As light enters the forest, the woodland creatures cautiously approach Snow White while she cries, and she befriends them. Together they sing "With A Smile And A Song".
No longer frightened, Snow White asks the animals if they know where she can stay. They lead her to the cottage of the Seven Dwarfs; she enters and finds that no one is home. Noticing that the whole cottage is a complete mess, she cleans the house, with the help of the animals. She hopes that its residents, whom she believes to be children due to the size of the furniture, will let her stay if she cleans up for them. At this point she sings "Whistle While You Work". Later that evening, she and the animals go upstairs to find seven little beds. Feeling sleepy, she falls asleep over three of them.
The seven dwarfs return home from a day's work at the Dwarfs' Mine. They see light coming from the window of their cottage and smoke coming from its chimney. They enter the house, creeping around as they search for the "monster" they believe that has invaded their home. They hear a noise coming from upstairs, and, after an unsuccessful attempt by Dopey to chase the thing down, they enter the bedroom together. They approach the three beds that are being slept in, and are about to strike when Doc removes the bed cover to reveal Snow White sleeping.
They are all infatuated with her, but Grumpy grumbles about her unwelcome presence, waking her up. She is first startled by the dwarfs, but soon befriends them, guessing the names of Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Happy, Dopey and Grumpy because their names are carved on the beds. All the dwarfs except for Grumpy agree that Snow White is welcome to stay if she does the housework for them. A noise from downstairs reminds Snow White that she has left some soup boiling. She rushes downstairs, and tells the dwarfs that it is almost ready, and that they will have time to wash. She asks the dwarfs to see their hands and, upon seeing that their hands are dirty, insists them to march straight outside and wash; otherwise, they will not get anything to eat. The dwarfs reluctantly march outside and wash while singing "Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum (The Dwarfs' Washing Song)". They have just finished washing themselves when Snow White calls to them that supper is ready.
After supper, the dwarfs perform "The Silly Song" for Snow White, and she dances with Dopey (who reaches her height by standing on Sneezy's shoulders).
She then repays them when she sings "Some Day My Prince Will Come" as the dwarfs listen. The dwarfs then declare that Snow White will sleep upstairs, and that the dwarfs will find somewhere to sleep downstairs. Before Snow White goes to sleep, she says her prayers, blessing the seven little men for being so kind to her and wishing to make her dreams come true, as well as asking to make Grumpy like her.
At the Queen's Castle, the Queen, after being told by the Magic Mirror that Snow White still lives, descends into her laboratory and transforms into the Witch. She prepares the Poisoned Apple, one bite of which will send its victim into the Sleeping Death, which can only be cured by "Love's First Kiss". Believing the dwarfs will bury the princess alive, the Witch leaves the castle and procees towards the Dwarfs' Cottage.
The next morning, Snow White kisses each dwarf goodbye as they leave for the mine. Before Grumpy leaves (being the last one to depart), he warns her not to let anyone or anything in the house. Touched that he cares despite his negative exterior, Snow White decides to bake a pie for Grumpy with help from her animal friends. She is then startled by the appearance of the Queen, disguised as an old peddler selling apples, peering through her window. She offers Snow White the apple, but is attacked by the woodland creatures, who recognise the danger. Snow White shoos the animals away and takes the old woman inside for a drink of water. Meanwhile, the animals rush off to fetch the dwarfs.
Thankful toward Snow White for being so good to "poor old Granny," the Queen tells her that the apple (which has been poisoned) is a magic wishing apple, capable of making all of Snow White's wishes come true with a single bite. Snow White takes the apple and, before taking a bite, wishes for the Prince to carry her away to his castle, where they will live happily ever after. The Queen then persuades her to take a bite before the wish grows cold. Snow White does so and soon falls to the floor after feeling the poison's effects, which causes her to fall into a Sleeping Death. As the Queen is leaving, she is seen by the dwarfs, who chase her to a cliff, where she falls to her death to be eaten by vultures.
The dwarfs find Snow White and they grieve her "death" as they return home. In mourning, they hold a funeral for her at their cottage. Finding her so beautiful, even in death, they cannot find it in their hearts to bury her and instead place her in a handmade coffin carved of glass and gold.
As the time goes by, the Prince hears of this and rides to the clearing where her coffin has been placed. The dwarfs make way for the Prince to approach Snow White. He then gives the princess a kiss, a "Love's First Kiss", which breaks the curse, reviving Snow White. She wakes up and, upon seeing the Prince, extends her arms out to him as he scoops her up in his arms. The dwarfs rejoice, as the Prince carries Snow White to his horse. She kisses each dwarf goodbye before leaving with the Prince for his castle (the outline of which is shown in the clouds above), where they live happily ever after.
As with many other Disney feature animated characters, Snow White made many cameo appearances as one of the guests on House of Mouse. She is usually seen with the Seven Dwarfs. She figured prominently in the episode "Pluto Saves the Day", in which Pete dressed up as her as part of his plan to put the House staff to sleep with some magic sleeping apples that he bought from the Witch. Snow White finds out about his plot, however, and helps Pluto save the day by teling him that he needs to kiss the sleeping staff members in order to wake them up.
In "The Stolen Cartoons", she was shocked to find an apple served as her evening meal. In "Jiminy Cricket", she indirectly advised by the episode's titular character not to take food from strangers, prompting Grumpy to grumpily snatch the poisoned apple from her hands. In "Where's Minnie?", when the lights briefly go out, Snow White responds to Chernabog's love for the dark by stating sheepishly "I don't..." as the menacing trees from the film look down upon her.
In another episode, she asks Professor von Drake when her prince will come and von Drake tells her that it would be Sunday.
She can also be seen in Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, and in Mickey's House of Villains.
Snow White appears in the series Sofia the First, in the episode "The Enchanted Feast". Here, Snow White briefly tells the story of how a seemingly feeble old woman offering an apple turned out to be her wicked stepmother in disguise, telling Sofia to trust her instincts and that people aren't always who they seem to be; tying into Sofia's suspicious feelings toward a visiting sorceress (who is actually an evil fairy in disguise). At the end of the episode, Snow White briefly appears again in a magic morpho mirror, smiling proudly at Sofia.
She is the second princess to not have a special song for Sofia after Aurora. She is also the second princess to make a double appearance in the same episode; first in the courtyard, and second in a magic morpho mirror.
In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Snow White makes a cameo appearance in which she is seen helping the disguised Queen cross the street in Toontown to the Apple shop and later with all the other Toons at the end of the film.
Snow White made a brief cameo appearance in the Mickey Mouse Works cartoon "Mickey's April Fools".
In The Lion King 1½ , Snow White makes a silhouetted cameo at the end with the dwarfs where they join all the other Disney characters to watch the film again. Her only line in "Oh, excuse me!"
Snow White appears in the animated short Electric Holiday as one of the models in Minnie Mouse's fantasy fashion show.
Snow White was also set to make an appearance in the cancelled animated short Princess Academy. In one piece of concept art, her silhouette can be seen dancing alongside Madame Upanova and Megara. In another, she is seen sailing on a boat with other heroines.
Snow White made a brief cameo appearance in the animated series, Mickey Mouse, in the episode "Wish Upon a Coin". She was first seen humming "I'm Wishing", until she's interrupted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. She was later seen asleep during the ending.
In the first episode of the mini-series Descendants: Wicked World, a portrait of Snow White can be seen in Mal's tent.
Snow White made recurring appearances in the live-action wrap-around skits alongside the other costumed characters and celebrity guests.
In the one-hour special, The Muppets at Walt Disney World, Snow White is taking pictures with guests. Suddenly, she turns around and sees Animal and runs away from him. Animal then proceeds to chase her all around Walt Disney World; from the Magic Kingdom, to the Indiana Jones stunt show.
Even though she is being chased, Snow White is actually seen smiling while she's running from Animal, so it's implied that she perhaps enjoys being chased by him.
At the end, she is seen with Animal. It could be presumed that she's on a date with him which would question the status of her relationship with Ferdinand in the real world and in the movie.
Snow White appears in the 2015 Disney Channel movie and is played by Stephanie Bennett. She appeas at the coronation of Prince Ben as a reporter for the Auradon news network. She is surprised to learn that her stepmother's daughter Evie, designed Mal's coronation gown. It is also revealed that the Evil Queen still has disdain towards her saying that Snow White must've had work done.
Snow White is frequently featured in storybooks, comics and other forms of printed media. She is also a regular character to star in a series of Disney Princess magazines.
Many stories follow the tales of Snow White's life with the prince after the events of the film. Most of which center around reuniting with the seven dwarfs, as seen in Welcome Back, Snow White and A Royal Visit.
In The Scariest One of All, Snow White managed to, obliviously, beat the Evil Queen at a Halloween party's contest for scariest costume. The story took place before the film, and gave a brief insight on the Queen's hatred towards the princess.
Snow White appears in a few video games, usually those involving the Disney Princess franchise like Disney Princess Enchanting Storybooks. Snow also starred in her own game based on her film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She also appears as a townsperson in the Disney INFINITY series.
In this game, some of the Disney Villains stole the end of their stories and revamped it so that they could win. When the Evil Queen steals Snow White, she puts Snow in a deep sleep with no Prince to save her. Jiminy Cricket and the player arrive to restore the story by creating "True Love" and conjure the Prince into the story to break the spell. This is done by creating and mixing various ingredients into the Queen's cauldron. However, if the player takes too long to create the spells, the Queen will put each one of the seven dwarfs to sleep until all seven join Snow White in eternal slumber and the player has to start all over again.
As an added Easter egg, if the player puts an alternate ingredient into the cauldron when creating True Love (carnation petals instead of rose petals), Cinderella's Prince will arrive to try the slipper on the sleeping Snow White. Surprisingly, the slipper is too big, and he leaves with a warning from Jiminy that the stories "aren't what they used to be."
Snow White makes an appearance as one of the Princesses of Heart, maidens whose hearts are devoid of darkness and are the key to opening Kingdom Hearts. Although she is a minor in Kingdom Hearts, her backstory is explained; in her homeworld, the Dwarf Woodlands, she encountered Terra, Ventus, and Aqua during each of their separate journeys. However, when Aqua arrives, Snow White takes a bite from the poisoned apple and falls into a deep sleep. Fortunately, she is revived by the Prince, who kisses and awakens her. She departs with him as she says goodbye to the dwarfs. Unfortunately, some time after this, Snow White's world was consumed by the Heartless, while she was captured and taken to Hollow Bastion to be gathered with the other Princesses of Heart.
In Kingdom Hearts, her heart is finally extracted by Maleficent when all the other Princesses have been collected, but their hearts are eventually restored and are able to awaken. When Kingdom Hearts is sealed, Snow White's homeworld was restored and she was able to return to it.
Snow White appeared as the lead character in her world. In this story, the colour in Snow White's world has been eliminated by a race of fiendish creatures. With the help of the game's heroine and the dwarfs, Snow White's land is restored. She is last seen with the dwarfs bidding a farewell to the heroine as they watch a beautiful rainbow.
Snow White appears in this game as a meet-and-greet character near her wishing well at Snow White's Grotto in Fantasyland. Among the tasks that she gives to the player are to help find gooseberries so she can make gooseberry pies for the dwarfs, grow flowers, find the dwarfs' mining tools and seek out a new diamond mine for the Dwarfs to work at. She also appears in the Mickey's Soundsational Parade mini-game, dancing on the princess float with Cinderella, Aurora and Belle.
Since its opening in 1955, Snow White has been a meetable character at Disneyland in California and its subsequent theme parks in Florida, Japan, France and Hong Kong.
Snow White has her own spell card known as "Snow White's House Cleaning" in the attraction Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
For parades and shows, Snow White appears in the Festival of Fantasy Parade, Mickey's Soundsational Parade, Main Street Electrical Parade, Fantasmic! and many more.
Snow White is also featured aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships, available for meet-and-greets and appearing in live stage shows.
Snow White appears in the first act of the live night time spectacular Fantasmic! In the show Snow White dances wth the Prince to "Some Day My Prince Will Come" during the Princess Medley. She is on her own boat with Prince Charming.
In the live castle stage show in the Magic Kingdom Park, Snow White appears along with the Prince as Mickey's special guest. Snow White and other Disney Princesses help Minnie fulfill her dream of becoming a princess. Snow White and the Prince re-appear in the end celebrating the defeat of Maleficent, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee.
In the ride "Snow White's Scary Adventures", Snow White's appearances vary. In the original version ride at Disneyland (which was then simply called "Snow White's Adventures"), she did not appear at all, because Walt Disney intended the riders to imagine that they were Snow White. This was also done at the original Disney World version as well. The idea did not catch on and figures of Snow White were later added. In Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, she is glimpsed once ascending the dwarfs staircase, while she is seen twice at Paris (once on the stairs and then at the end) and even more times in Disney World (in the courtyard, running through the woods, taking the Poisoned Apple, being awoken by the Prince and then riding off into the sunset.
Snow White appears in the finale of the night time show at Disney California Adventure where she is seen with her Prince. She played a larger role in the 2015 rendition of the show, where she was featured numerous times throughout, and starred in a segment celebrating her debut film.
In the former stage show at Disneyland's Fantasyland Theater, Snow White plays out her same role in the film with a few differences. She remains in the work rags from the beginning of the show to when she eats the Poisoned Apple. She is changed into her signature outfit (yellow dress with blue bodice, white collar, and red-and-blue sleeves) when she's awakened by the Prince. Also she spears to her Prince for a longer period of time when she first meets him, and her vocal range in the show has been lowered from operatic soprano to more contemporary mezzo-soprano and her personality has been altered slightly.
As mentioned above, Snow White is a member of the highly popular Disney Princess franchise, as well as the first. In terms of merchandising and marketing, she's also among the most popular of the princesses.
Snow White's last 2012 formal wear "re-design" did not receive many changes.
Her short black hair now has a curly appearance with her hair bow being moved to the side of her head instead of being centered in the middle. Her formerly white petticoat is now light yellow and her entire dress has many swirly designs embroidered onto it; the dress has subtracted some length so her shoes can be seen more clearly.
Most noteworthy, her traditionally pale skin colour has been brought more in line with natural skin tones.
In some new images of her re-design, her body is changed to more like a young woman.
In early re-designs, her hair was much more crimped and her sleeves were transparent.
Snow White's Palace Pets are Berry, Sweetie, Muffin and Honeycake.
- "I'm Wishing"
- "Some Day My Prince Will Come"
- "Whistle While You Work"
- "With A Smile And A Song"
- "The Way to Bake (A Delicious Cake)" (Disney Princess Tea Party CD)
- "Dare to Dream" (The Princess and the Frog: Tiana and Her Princess Friends CD)
- "Christmas Eve Dinner" (Disney Princess Christmas Album)
- "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" (Disney Princess Christmas Album)
- "The Night Before Christmas" (Disney Princess Christmas Album)
- "If You Can Dream"
- "The Princess Dance" (Disney Princess Tea Party CD)
- "Beauty of the Season" (Disney Princess Christmas Album)
- "Christmas is Coming" (Disney Princess Christmas Album)
- "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (Disney Princess Christmas Album)
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