Sunday, August 23, 2009

August 20, 2009

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1939)
So this is the movie that started it all. Mickey Mouse may have debuted in Steamboat Willie, but the traditional Disney animated movies didn't exist before this movie. Just like its early companions, this has considerably more violence than newer family films. Snow White herself is very passive, just like most of the female characters in the early films, while the dwarfs protect her in exchange for cleaning and cooking. Most of the jokes in Enchanted are on this story. By the way, the dwarfs - are they brothers? Why else would they all live together in a cabin in the woods? And why do their shutters have little hearts carved into them? The Prince is hardly a character at all - he appears briefly in the beginning to sweep Snow White off of her feet, then disappears until he's needed in the end to wake her from her magical coma and whisks her away to his castle in the clouds. Literally. I really do like this movie - there are just a lot of strange things going on. Also, a glass coffin is just creepy.
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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