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Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition
On Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo October 6, 2009

Character concept sketch from Disney’s Animation Research Library paired with the now iconic image from the resulting scene in the final film Seven Dwarfs - Fun Facts

“The seven dwarfs, we knew, were ‘naturals’ for the medium of our pictures. In them we could instill boundless humor, not only as to their physical appearances, but in their mannerisms, personalities, voices and actions.” - Walt Disney

By late 1933, Walt Disney began to crystallize his idea of making Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as a feature-length animated film.

Development on the Seven Little Men began early on and by the Fall of 1934, from several early story meetings in Walt’s office, initial shapes and designs of these characters gave them more of a forest Nome look.

  • Individually, each dwarf represents a type of human personality generally found in most offices, schools or neighborhoods.
  • Other names considered for the dwarfs early on included: Wheezy, Puffy, Stuffy, Biggo-Ego, Jumpy, Baldy, Nifty, Gabby, Stubby and Burby.
  • Six of the famed dwarfs have eyebrows fashioned after Walt Disney’s own expressive eyebrows as they fascinated everyone who ever sat in story meetings with him. Walt’s eyebrows tended to wander about, helping to more perfectly express anything Walt wanted to convey. Early on, the artists agreed on this resemblance however, Happy is the only one who is different as his eyebrows are white and bushy.
  • These rosy-cheeked, apple-faced dwarfs stand about knee high to Donald Duck and made their living at their own mine where they daily hauled gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, sapphires and other precious gems. Nice work if you can get it!
  • With the exception of Dopey, the dwarfs are dressed in woodsy russet, tan, brown and grey jerkins layered over neutral-colored breeches which tuck into soft leather footgear.
  • It was determined early on that upon meeting the Dwarfs, the audience should get a sense that things have gone along unbothered for these fellows for hundreds of years. Everything is pleasant in a humdrum sort-of-way – everything going according to schedule. The startling interruption of Snow White into their lives clearly shakes things up for these gentle men.
  • Personal hygiene for the Dwarfs is usually not a priority as washing and bathing apparently occurs on rare occasions such as an annual event like New Years Day for example. But with Snow White’s mandate, the Dwarfs respectfully mind their best table manners and wash up!
  • “Jiminy Crickets” – is usually chorused by all of the Dwarfs when something astonishing or surprising occurs.
  • By late in 1936, it was determined that Doc would be the leader of the crew
  • It was determined early on that the Dwarfs would carry picks rather than shovels or sacks as they make their way to and from the Diamond mine. Dopey was initially designated to carry a lamp swinging from his pick, but in the end, it is Doc leading the way with his lantern.
  • Other commonalities include having only 3 fingers and a thumb.
  • Final designs of the Seven Dwarfs were approved by late 1936.
  • Artists were offered $5.00 – a hefty sum by late 1930’s standards -- for every gag featuring the Dwarfs that made it into the final film.
  • The Seven Dwarfs appeared together in several commercial shorts after the release of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,’ including: ‘The Standard Parade’ – 1939, ‘The Seven Wise Dwarfs’ – 1941, ‘All Together’ – 1942 and, ‘The Winged Scourge’ – 1943.

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