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lovely "Snow White" with genuine European storybook atmosphere

  • Jun 26, 2006
This version of SNOW WHITE was originally filmed in Germany as SCHNEEWEISSCHEN UND DIE SIEBEN ZWERGE in 1955, and later dubbed into English by the Childhood Productions company for it's series of popular kiddie matinee features in 1965.

Pretty young Snow White (Elke Arendt) is banished into the forest by her evil stepmother the Queen (Addi Adametz). Snow White finds a home with seven little men, before the jealous Queen, armed with a poisoned apple, decides to ensure that she remains the fairest in the land...

This version of SNOW WHITE is noteworthy for it's genuine European storybook atmosphere and some great location photography. Elke Arendt is perfection in the title role and the dwarfs are played (in a very ususual move) by children. Addi Adametz plays the Queen with flair.

The Childhood Productions' English-dubbings were always well-achieved, and this SNOW WHITE is enlivened by a score from Ann and Milton Delugg, as well as gentle narration from Childhood Productions stalwart Paul Tripp.

Well worth tracking down.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated film based on Snow White, a German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. It was the first full-length cel-animated feature in motion picture history, as well as the first animated feature film produced in America, the first produced in full color, the first to be produced by Walt Disney, and the first in the Walt Disney Animated Classics canon.[3]

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre on December 21, 1937, and the film was released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on February 4, 1938. The story was adapted by storyboard artists Dorothy Ann Blank, Richard Creedon, Merrill De Maris, Otto Englander, Earl Hurd, Dick Rickard, Ted Sears and Webb Smith. David Hand was the supervising director, while William Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, and Ben Sharpsteen directed the film's individual sequences.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was one of only two animated films to rank in the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest American films of all time in 1997 (the other being Disney's Fantasia), ranking number 49. It achieved a higher ranking (#34) in the list's 2007 update, this time being the only traditionally animated film on the list. The following year AFI would name the film as the greatest American animated film of all time and the best ever Walt Disney Animated Classics movie.

In 1989, the film was added to the United States National Film ...

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Genre: Family
MPAA Rating: G
Runtime: 77.0 minutes
Studio: Alpha Video Distributors
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