Wildly expensive for its time, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs cost $1.5 million to make. But it was well worth it. The movie completely revolutionized film animation.
The Fairest (and First) of Them All
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premieres in movie theaters
The story of a lovely princess, seven sidekicks, and an evil Queen all played a part in Walt Disney’s initial venture into Technicolor. Based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White was also the first animated feature film made in the U.S. The making of the film was considered an absurd gamble, with its groundbreaking ideas that required the invention of brand-new technology.
Focusing on telling the story rather than garnering laughs, animators made sure the film had all the elements of suspense, comedy, romance, and tragedy of a feature film. The risk paid off. The audience at the premiere loved the film, which included original songs like “Someday My Prince Will Come."