Oh man, it’s Snow White.
This one is going to be a lot of fun. There’s such a great story behind this one.
But also… it’s Snow White. There is no possibility this wasn’t going to be the defining film of 1937. You can’t even make a case for anything else that better defines 1937 than this film without having to admit you’re deliberately trying not to pick this. It’s not possible.
I’m gonna spend this article talking about the story behind the film. Because we all know what it’s about and we’ve all seen it and we all know it’s a masterpiece of animation, that holds up even today. We don’t need to talk about that. I want everyone to know how the film was made.
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has a special quality that separates it from the other films, because it’s the first Disney movie. It’s like Dr. No. The first time is something special. (I just discovered many other different analogies I could have used.)
While some would fault the quality of the animation (Snow White and the Prince barely have faces. It’s kind of creepy if you look hard enough at them), or the simplicity of the story, I think the fact that this is the first animated feature film ever (all right, first American animated feature film ever. But it’s not like any of those earlier ones are better than this is) that makes those not matter.
The great thing about it is how good they managed to make it. This film is actually better animated than about half of their entire catalogue. Ideally this is a top five film, probably a top three, but I’ve always said I was going to rank based on my enjoyment of the films first and foremost. So, I have to put it here, since, of the top films, I only really enjoy it around here. But, objectively — top five for them. Easy.