Since I’m enjoying taking a trip through all the Best Picture winners from the Oscars, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane with the Disney animated films as well. (I don’t really know how to review my childhood, but I’m sure it’ll come to me in time.)
On January 13, my friend Emilie and I sat down to watch Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” of 1937. (No one ever calls it by the full title!) I decided it’d be fun to drink a Fair Maiden, which is a Disney-themed drink inspired by Snow White, created by Cody. (But let’s face it; I’m not a mixer.) And we had a blast looking back on our childhood, remembering certain moments and questioning other moments now that we’re older.
My initial response to the film was that everything was FREAKIN’ CUTE, from the spiders to the flies to the chipmunks and beyond. My immediate reaction to Snow White was that she actually looked to be fourteen-years-old, and, when I was a child, I had never thought she looked young. I always thought she looked like she was in her thirties or something like that.
I forgot that there was music in the movie, and it actually didn’t play too much of a role in the storyline, except that the prince and Snow’s song synced up, which was pretty sweet. Honestly, I kept having flashbacks to “Once Upon a Time” because I’m obsessed with that show. So, if there were questions about certain scenes in the movie, I could explain things away or over-empathize because OUAT has created intricate backstories for each and every Disney character. (Is that good or bad? We shall see.)
As an adult, I’m more suspicious of fairy tales. So, this (we’ll say) fourteen-year-old girl stumbles into a home, she cleans it up, decides to make dinner, and then falls asleep on someone else’s bed. . . While she’s still cooking! (Not to mention, she can talk to animals. And they do what she wants. She has an animal army!) She goes from breaking-and-entering to caring for seven tiny men. She teaches them cleanliness and starts bossing them around IN THEIR OWN HOUSE. But they love her for it, sure. Now, in such a society, what would people say to a young woman living with seven men? This is suspicious, people.
The story was fluffy, and the ending was abrupt. The witch just falls off a cliff?! And suddenly the prince arrives for a happily ever after. . .
Most relatable character? Grumpy. He lives with six other men, who also happen to work with him. He’s been at work all day, and all he wants to do is have dinner and then go to sleep. Some girl shows up in his home unannounced, acting like she owns the place. I mean, come on. He’s a realist. He’s right in his suspicions of this young Snow White.
The most accepted theme of the film: if you wish really hard, hope really hard for something, then it will come true. . . If you take a bite out of a “Wishing Apple,” then all your hopes and dreams will come true. What a load of hogwash!
The most important lesson one can take from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:” if someone comes along selling you some crap about quick-fixes and dreams coming true in one swift moment, then it’s more than likely a lie and a deception. Take a page out of the dwarfs’ book: work hard and be loyal. Dreams can come true if you take steps toward specific goals.