Wednesday, April 11, 2012
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
This week’s featured film on the "Hit me with your best shot" series is one of the most important films in cinema. 1937’s "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was the first full-length animated feature in history. Although it’s far from my favourite of Disney’s animated classics, I still appreciate its importance in the studio’s canon. It’s a bit twee at times and Snow White herself is slightly irritating. It had been ages since I had seen this film and with 2 live action interpretations coming our way, it was inevitable that I compared them in this re-visit. I assumed that the animated version would be more light-hearted in the vein of "Mirror, Mirror", but there are certainly some sinister elements that are more in line with "Snow White and the Huntsman". For example, this children’s film includes the huntsman and his orders to return with Snow White’s heart! My favourite shot looks at the main source of the film’s darkness – The Evil Queen.
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My favourite shot comes from the scene where the queen (in disguise) sets off to poison Snow White. On her way she pauses to taunt one of her previous victims. The evocative shot shows a skeleton unsuccessfully reaching for water. Quite heavy for a kids' flick don't ya think?! It’s easy to understand why this character was voted #10 on the American Film Institute’s top villains of all time.