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[[caption-width-right:300:The one that started it all.]]

->''"Some day, my prince will come,\\
Some day, we'll meet again,\\
And away to his castle we'll go,\\
To be happy forever I know...\\
Some day, when spring is here,\\
We'll find our love anew,\\
And the birds will sing,\\
And wedding bells will ring,\\
Some day, when my dreams come true..."''

Creator/WaltDisney made ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' into an animated movie in [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1937]], the first full-length animated feature film in the English-speaking world ("English-speaking" being an [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPrinceAchmed important disclaimer]], though it was at least definitely the first hand-drawn one) and the first entry in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon. Using a number of new technologies and animation techniques, the film set high standards for future projects and can be considered a defining moment in animation history. Disney adapted the Grimms' story fairly closely, but allowed Snow White and her prince to meet earlier in the story (removing some of the {{Squick}}), and made the dwarfs into individual characters. He condensed the three assassination attempts into one, and gave the queen a much more family-friendly DisneyVillainDeath (though, all things considered, it's arguably ''more'' violent than the original one.)

Part of the reason Snow White was made was for the purpose of economics -- despite the ambitious art and extreme popularity of the WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies shorts, Walt came to realize that no matter how successful his shorts were, they only earned a fixed revenue from their screenings, regardless of their popularity. Realizing that venturing out into making a feature length animated film could not only net him more profit in the long run, but also progress the medium of animation as an art-form, he began work on his daring project. Around four years were spent by Disney trying to get this mammoth project off the ground--first, there was the obsessive attention to story -- Walt had the savvy to realize that a feature that played out like a traditional short cartoon comedy would never work, resulting in focus on the characters' personalities, their interactions, as well as their development in the context of the tale. The most prominent example of this character development would be the character of Grumpy, arguably the most important character in the film aside from Snow White herself.

Another obstacle was getting the animation to be on par with a live-action film -- even the best Silly Symphonies and Mickey Mouse cartoons during the early 1930s were still rigid and crude in their motion. As a result, life-drawing classes and frame-by-frame studying of live-action film took place, in an ambitious attempt to get the most life-like animation possible. The Silly Symphonies began to be used as testing grounds for the work that would go into Snow White -- from advancements in story and character animation, to major special effects discoveries. The studio also had to expand considerably to complete the film -- from a measly few hundred to nearly 1000 staffers by the film's completion. At one point, Walt almost ran out of money during production, and was lucky enough to receive a bank loan by showing what footage had already been finished. During production, the film was derided by critics, as well as Walt's own wife, as "Disney's Folly", the notion that Walt had gone over his head with this project. But upon debut, Snow White was a smash hit -- at the time, it was the highest grossing film of all time, and was universally praised by critics, setting the stage for the future Disney films to come, and proving that animation could compete with live-action films.

As for the plot, we're not even going to bother summarizing it, since ''everybody'' knows about this film and its story by now.

Creator/{{Filmation}} made an unofficial sequel called ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfter''.

Also, you just know Disney did something right when a man like '''UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler''' [[GodwinsLaw of all people]] considered this the greatest film ever made, to the point where he even acquired a personal copy of the film's print for himself, and possibly [[http://boingboing.net/2008/02/23/adolf-hitler-disney.html drew fan art from it]]. It was also considered the greatest film ever by Creator/SergeiEisenstein, which might just be the only time in history that a fascist dictator and a communist propagandist shared an opinion. Considering Eisenstein's own film, ''Film/TheBattleshipPotemkin'', was once voted the greatest film ever made, he ought to have known what he was talking about.

The Snow White character herself was eventually used as a "Princess of Heart" in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, in which she is one of seven Princesses to have a pure heart, without an inkling of darkness inside them. Her world was shown in the 2010 game ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' as "Dwarf Woodlands". Some changes are made to accommodate the three protagonists, such as Terra taking the place of the Assassin, but it otherwise follows the story. The Disney Press PerspectiveFlip novel series ''Literature/ATaleOf'' gives the Queen a backstory in ''Fairest of All''.

!!The film contains examples of:

* ActionizedAdaptation: An action sequence of the dwarfs chasing down the wicked Queen after she poisoned Snow White wasn't in the original tale.
* AdaptationDistillation: Sticks ''very'' close to the original story, but the things it cuts out (the two other ways Snow White was going to be murdered: by a poisoned comb and by being strangled from a tight corset) and things it adds in (personalities for the dwarfs) usually work to the story's benefit. The other failed assassination attempts were going to be there, but were scrapped due to time and budget constraints. (It also makes Snow White look like less of an idiot if she only falls for one trap.)
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: According to Walt Disney himself, Bashful the dwarf "is secretly in love with Snow White."
* AllNaturalGemPolish: The dwarfs' mine has a huge variety of gems that are all already perfectly cut. Doc's evaluations aren't even really about their carats, but whether they "sound" good via tapping them.
* AllThereInTheScript:
** The Queen's real name, according to comic strips and old press material, is Queen Grimhilde.
** The Huntsman's name, Humbert, is also not given onscreen.
** The prince's name is Ferdinand, according to some sources (including a series of park hotel rooms named after various Disney princes), although it's rarely used and opinions vary on whether or not it's to be considered official.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: The Dwarfs. It's uncertain whether they are the fey race or simply elderly, short humans. Surely the fact that the dwarfs have only four fingers on each hand, while Snow White and other characters are drawn with realistic five-fingered hands, is a strong clue in favor of them being dwarfs in the sense of a nonhuman fey race.
* AntiSneezeFinger: The dwarfs do this to Sneezy. Sneezy himself provides the page image.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The titles of the books in the Evil Queen's dungeon are as follows: Black Arts, Alchemy, Witch Craft, Black Magic, Disguises (which is used), Sorcery, Poisons, and ''Astrology''.
* ArtShift: The book in the BookEnds is filmed in live-action.
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: The Dwarfs angrily chase the Queen to the top of a cliff during the climax. The Queen then turns the tables and starts to dislodge a giant boulder, forcing them to evade, until the storm takes care of her a few seconds later.
* AwardBaitSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0niwn2pOEno "Someday My Prince Will Come"]], especially the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0mURZzBpnE Barbara Streisand version]].
* BadassAdorable: The birds who attack the Evil Queen.
* {{Badbutt}}: The Dwarfs, especially in the scene at the climax where they chase after the Queen.
* BatScare: When Snow White runs through the woods she passes near a small cave where some bats dwell and she wakes them up, causing them to flee. She's startled and scared by them.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Technically played straight with Snow White, although Disney intentionally made her "cute" instead of ravishingly beautiful. Averted with the Queen, who is the ''second'' fairest in the land, and rotten to the core.
* BigBad: The Evil Queen. Initially she tries to dispose of Snow by having the Huntsman kill her, but takes matters into her own hands when that doesn't work.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Literally ''and'' figuratively, in that White is predominant among Good characters (right down to Prince Charming's horse) while the Queen wears Black.
* BluebirdOfHappiness: Snow White sings to one.
* BookEnds: The movie opens with a shot of a book opening by itself to give out exposition and ends with the same book closing itself.
* ButtMonkey: Dopey is often the butt of the other dwarfs's jokes, usually for comical effect.
* CallAndResponseSong: "I'm Wishing," between Snow White and her own echoing voice in the wishing well.
* CapeSwish: The Queen manages a particularly impressive one when rushing down from the Mirror Room to her secret spell-chamber.
* CirclingVultures: Two vultures follow the Queen in her Wicked Witch disguise, as she goes to the cottage to get Snow White, and their presence alerts the WoodlandCreatures that there is something seriously wrong about the "peddler woman" with her basket of apples. In the end, the vultures were not after Snow White at all, but after the Queen, and as she [[DisneyVillainDeath falls to her doom]], the vultures slowly circle down after her.
* ClimbingClimax: The dwarfs and animals chase the transformed queen to the top of a cliff.
* CoolCrown: The Queen wears a crown with spikes evoking the rays of the sun.
* CuteMute: Dopey is mute and also the cutest of the Seven Dwarfs.
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** The Magic Mirror - he has a creepy face and a weird voice, but he's not evil and he's not a Queen's henchman, he just does his job answering questions. In other Disney material later on, it was shown that the mirror was now owned by Walt Disney, and only used for good purposes.
** The vultures that followed the Queen. They were initially presented as a sign that she's ObviouslyEvil, and Snow White's animal friends take it as such. In the end, it turns out that they [[spoiler:were just looking for a meal]].
** Bats fly past Snow White during her escape in the forest. Though bats are dark-coloured and usually seen as scary, and on the surface the bats in this scene appear as frightening, they're ironically just as scared as she is since she startled them by waking them up, and they don't mean any harm to her.
* TheDarknessGazesBack: During Snow White's run in the forest, the animals' eyes glow in the darkness. Because of Snow White's fear and confusion, they look inhuman and demonic.
* DaylightHorror: When the Queen, transformed into an old hag, tricks Snow White to eat the poison apple and Snow White subsequently seemingly dies, it's in broad daylight.
* DeadHandShot: After Snow White eats the apple, we see her hand flopping to the floor to show that she's unconscious. For added bonus she drops the apple she was holding.
* DeathByIrony: Cornered on a cliff by the dwarfs, the Queen/Hag tries to knock a boulder loose and bellows "I'll fix ya! I'LL CRUSH YOUR BONES!!" She cackles madly...when suddenly a bolt of lightning shatters the ledge she's standing on, sending the wicked Queen falling into her doom, shortly followed by the boulder falling after her. Don't even guess whose bones got crushed...
* DeathGlare: When Snow is running through the forest, she hallucinates monsters in the trees glaring at her evilly.
* DefrostingIceKing: Grumpy's CharacterDevelopment. He finally completes it during the climax when he leads the dwarfs in a furious chase after the Queen.
%%ZCE * DerangedAnimation: The dark forest sequence.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: The hunter. Snow White staying would be sure death, but sending a young little girl with no hunting experience to the forest isn't a good option either.
* DinnerDeformation: Dopey's stomach gets a rectangular bulge after he swallowed a bar of soap.
* DisappearedDad: Snow White's father is not in her life. It can be assumed he died, seeing as her stepmother seemed to be running the kingdom.
* DiscretionShot: Snow White's death, the pig's heart, and the Queen getting pecked by vultures after falling off the cliff.
* DisneyDeath: In one of the [[UrExample earliest examples]], [[ItWasHisSled Snow White]] ''[[ItWasHisSled herself]]''!
* {{Disneyfication}}: The first example, although not quite as much as later entries. The biggest change is the death of the Queen - who falls off a cliff while trying to kill the dwarfs instead of being forced by Snow and her prince to dance in red hot shoes at their wedding. The film also makes Snow AFriendToAllLivingThings with a beautiful singing voice.
* DisneyVillainDeath:
** Replaced a FamilyUnfriendlyDeath in the source material. The death is in some ways more extreme than the pre-Disney versions -- it follows the RuleOfThree! But it is only implied, not shown. And since it was ''nature'' killing the Queen, none of the good guys had to -- which makes it more family-friendly ''that'' way. Quite fitting, considering she's the first Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon villain.
** Some comics subvert this; since the death is NoOneCouldSurviveThat, they show that she survived.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Snow White's the fairest in the land, so the Queen tries to kill her.
* DontGoInTheWoods: Well, no, you can. Unless you usually jump at shadows or you're scared enough to imagine things as hideous monsters, giant bats, logs - alligators etc.
* [[DontTouchItYouIdiot Don't Touch It, You Fools!]]:
** It might be poison!! See?! It's witch's brew!
** Grumpy has this reaction to [[FelonyMisdemeanor the bar of soap]].
* DopeSlap:
** Doc gives one to (who else?) Dopey for goofing around while they're working in the mine.
** Also, Dopey thinks that The Queen has somehow hidden herself under Happy's beard; Happy bops Dopey on the head for trying to be investigate.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** Regarding the StorybookOpening, which shows the book closing to the back cover at the end. Later instances of this would have the book close back to its front cover instead.
** As far as {{Disney Villain Death}}s go, the Queen's is a little different from later instances of the trope in that there's no PlummetPerspective when she falls from the cliff. The camera remains focused on the ledge. Although, that was likely done so we'd see the boulder come tumbling after her.
** As far as Disney's other fairy tale adaptations go, this one has very little AdaptationExpansion. The only thing making this different from its literary counterpart is that the prince appears earlier, the Queen only disguises herself once and the dwarfs have more fleshed out personalities. Compare to ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', ''{{Disney/Cinderella}}'' and the Renaissance films, which do considerably more in the adaptation.
** Blog/UnshavedMouse noted that the film was very much like a series of the Disney shorts edited together - notably the extended bits of Snow White exploring the house, the dwarfs finding it clean and the forest animals trying to warn everyone about the Queen. Starting with ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'' the Disney films became much more cinematic.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: The Queen is very fair skinned, and turns out to have ebony hair just like her stepdaughter.
* EmpathicEnvironment: As soon as the Queen leaves the cottage after poisoning Snow White, it's suddenly dark and stormy outside.
* EpicFail: The Queen's plan to kill Snow White and be the fairest one of all. Instead, she dies a horrible death as the ''ugliest'' person of all, and the "wishing apple" she gives Snow White really does end up granting Snow White's wish.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While it's not clear exactly how "evil" the hunter is, it is implied that he has killed people for the Queen before, or at least done dirty deeds. Doesn't mean he has the stomach to brutally murder a young girl for no good reason.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: The dark forest sequence where seems like everything comes to life to catch Snow White.
* EvilEyebrows: The Queen's eyebrows are highly arched.
* EvilIsPetty: The Queen wants to brutally murder a young girl (her ''stepdaughter'', no less) for [[SarcasmMode the heinous crime of being prettier than her.]]
* EvilLaugh: The Queen does several once in hag form.
* EvilMatriarch: The Evil Queen, who wants to kill Snow White to remain the most beautiful woman in the land.
* EvilOverlooker: Some posters and cover art since the 1993 reissue place the Queen on the top.
* EvilSorceress: The Queen can change into a hag, and that's apparently not the only thing she can do, either--she does it in a chamber full of spellbooks and a lot of equipment necessary for making spells, and she's also seen making a tempting poisoned apple in a cauldron full of a mysterious concoction which apparently seeps into the apple to make it inedible (which would be putting it lightly, considering the end result of one bite is the "sleeping death").
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: The Queen's eyeshadow is noticeably blue.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Everything except the very last scene takes place within two days.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Dopey manages to swallow both a bar of soap and a spoon (in a deleted scene) with one gulp each. Granted, both times were by accident, and eating this kind of stuff often gives him the hiccups. The aforementioned deleted scene also has Dopey eventually regurgitating both of these.
* FadeAroundTheEyes: In what may be the UrExample, the Evil Queen does this when she transforms herself into a witch. An unusual example in that by the time the screen fades to black, the eyes have almost completely faded away, but you can still see them for a second.
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: Grumpy storming out and walking straight into a door.
* FlatCharacter: The Prince. Being the first Franchise/DisneyPrincess movie, the characters were [[ArchetypalCharacter basic archetypes]] that would become [[CharacterDevelopment more fleshed out]] decades down the line. There was also a degree of {{enforce|dTrope}}ment at play, as the animators found drawing realistic male characters quite difficult, causing them to cut down his role. Disney/{{Cinderella}}'s prince suffered from this as well; it wouldn't be until ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' that the prince would have a large role in his film.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** At one point Grumpy refers to the Queen as an "old witch".
** This happens on a meta level when the dwarfs come home to an occupied house:
-->'''In unison:''' [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Crickets]]!
** Another meta-instance occurs when Snow White mournfully wonders whether their cottage's occupants are orphaned children without a mother, with the shot panning to [[Disney/{{Bambi}} a fawn nuzzling its mother]].
* FourFingeredHands: The dwarfs. They have only four fingers; one thumb and three other digits.
* FourthWallPsych: There are several moments in her evil monologue about her plan to poison Snow White where the Queen as a hag seems to be addressing the audience directly, but camera cuts show she's addressing her bird.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Snow White. Unlike the other princesses (save [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Tiana]] in frog form) the audience gets to watch her befriend the animals of the forest, who are naturally attracted to her.
* FullNameBasis: It's not necessarily a full-name basis. Snow White is a translation of the German name Schneewittchen, which is one word. Germans love compound words.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: It's tricky to spot and certainly unintentional, but when Snow White enters the dwarfs' house for the first time, her forest friends creep in with her. The animators apparently forgot which animals they were drawing, because one rabbit hops behind another and comes out a squirrel.
* GagNose: Bashful, Grumpy, and Sneezy, although Grumpy's nose is easily the largest out of all of them.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** During the "Wash Up" song.
--->'''Bashful:''' Do you have to wash where it doesn't show?
** Doc has a habit of [[{{Malaproper}} switching words around]], so when they find Snow White in their cottage and the other dwarfs urge Doc to question her, he comes out with:
--->"What are you and who are you doing?"
** And shortly after, one of his malapropisms on "apple dumplings" comes out as "crapple dumpkins".
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Especially if they're all like this one. The evil queen tries to kill Snow White so ''she'' can become the fairest of them all.
* {{Gonk}}: The Queen's hag disguise is far more stylized and grotesque than her true appearance.
%%* GriefSong: "Chorale For Snow White".
* GrumpyBear: Grumpy obviously has a MeaningfulName.
* {{Hallucinations}}: Snow White's run in the forest where she imagines it's inhabited by monstrous tree creatures.
* HappilyEverAfter
* HaveAGayOldTime: Doc tries to say, "who are you and what are you doing?" and comes up with "what are you and [[AccidentalInnuendo who are you doing]]?"
* HellishPupils: The Queen in her hag form has a pair of green ones. Also the scary trees who scares Snow White (in her imagination).
* HeManWomanHater: Grumpy starts out as a misogynist. By the end of the film, [[CharacterDevelopment he's arguably the one who loves Snow White the most]].
* HerbivoresAreFriendly: When Snow White gets lost in the woods, a bunch wild animals take sympathy on her and take it upon themselves to try to help her. Except for a couple of raccoons, nearly all of these are herbivores.
* HiccupHijinks: During the washing scene, Dopey is trying to get a bar of soap, but he ends up swallowing it by mistake, which causes him to continuously hiccup out bubbles.
* HighCollarOfDoom: The Queen wears a high white collar with her black robe.
* HoistByHerOwnPetard: Near the end the Evil Queen (in hag form) is trying to roll a boulder down on the dwarfs to crush them. After lightning destroys the cliff under her she falls and the boulder rolls down and crushes her offscreen.
* HollywoodCostuming: As a minimum, Snow White. It's set in medieval Germany according to WordOfGod, yet her dress has short sleeves and a lower neckline than would be accurate. Oh and she has a 1930s hairstyle as opposed to the RapunzelHair she would probably sport.
%%* HollywoodKiss: Between Snow White and the Prince.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Snow White is so pure-hearted that she can't bring herself to think unkindly of anyone. This includes her stepmother, who has reduced her to being a servant, the huntsman, who is tasked to kill her, and the strange apple peddler stalked by vultures.
* HotWitch: The Queen. Unfortunately for her, after drinking the potion she has this look no more.
* HypocriticalHumor: "Now I'll be the fairest one of all!"... after transforming herself into a hag. Presumably, there was a way to change back, because otherwise this makes no sense, and the Queen ''does'' refer to it as a "disguise".
* IndirectKiss: Snow White kisses a dove, who then flies down to kiss the prince.
* InkSuitActor: Snow White has some resemblance to her voice actress Adriana Caselotti.
* InsubstantialIngredients: The peddler disguise was comprised entirely of these. The shot of the recipe in the Queen's Disguises Book provides the page image.
* {{Irony}}: The apple, in a way, DID made Snow White's wish come true.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Upon viewing the film, Leon Schlesinger (owner of rival animation studio [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Termite Terrace]]) remarked, "I need an animated feature like I need two assholes." He wasn't the only one - many animation execs at the time were extremely skeptical that feature-length animation could turn a profit. Today, Disney is one of the largest and most profitable media companies on the ''planet'', and animated films are the rule more than the exception, while Schlesinger's legacy, the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, aren't doing quite so well.
* IWantSong: "I'm Wishing" and "Someday My Prince Will Come".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Grumpy is initially opposed to having Snow White live with them, but he eventually warms up to her. When the dwarfs hear that Snow White is in trouble, Grumpy is the first to jump on a deer and yell "C'mon!" and leads the way. And at Snow White's funeral, notice that he is the one who puts flowers on top of Snow White's glass coffin.
* JewelersEyeLoupe: In the mine scene, Doc is shown using a loupe to inspect the gems the dwarfs have mined.
* KarmicTransformation: The Queen gives us a rare case of a voluntarily self-inflicted version of this. A woman obsessed with beauty turns herself hideous as a disguise, but she spends the rest of the movie (and is most often remembered) that way.
* KnightInShiningArmor: By the end of the movie, the Prince has arrived to take Snow White away on his white horse.
* LargeHam: Averted with the Queen, who is generally a ColdHam instead. But when she becomes the Witch, she throws all calmness right out the window, and begins right on [[HamAndCheese hamming it up]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: After spending the whole movie on an obsessive quest to become the most beautiful woman in the kingdom, the Queen ends up dying as an elderly deformed hag.
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** Dopey is accompanied by an odd little theme most of the time (it can be heard most easily in the soap scene, and there's a pretty catchy piano rendition as part of the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen deleted bed-building sequence]]).
** Grumpy has a comically moody bassoon-based theme of his own for when he saunters about. This theme is perhaps heard most prominently when he storms out and sits on the barrel just outside the cottage after Snow White tells the dwarfs to wash up.
** The Queen's theme makes use of a descending chromatic scale, making it sound dark and menacing. You can hear it mostly when she's in her hag status, and it features prominently in the score accompanying the climactic chase.
* LongHairIsFeminine: The Queen has long black hair under her wimple, but refreshingly averted with Snow White.
* LostInImitation: The film was inspired by the [[Film/SnowWhite1916 1916 film adaptation]]. It shows. For example, both films have the dwarves being named, Snow White with short hair, and the WickedStepmother forcing Snow White into servitude.
* TheLostWoods: During her flight in the forest, Snow White's imagination makes it look like this.
* LoveAtFirstNote: Which leads to the LoveTheme "One Song".
* LoveTheme: "One Song."
* MadScientistLaboratory: The Queen's laboratory in the dungeon.
* MagicMirror: Possibly the UrExample here; this one has an ominous, evil-looking face.
* MakeAWish: Snow White starts out singing to a wishing well, hoping for a prince to come.
* {{Malaproper}}: Doc when he gets flustered. This was a specialty of comedian Roy Atwell, who voiced the character for the film.
* ManChild: Dopey, who tends to act like a toddler or a dog.
* ManlyTears: Grumpy when Snow White ([[DisneyDeath apparently]]) dies.
* TheMarvelousDeer: The first creature that plainly reveals itself in the forest is a fawn.
* {{Meaningful Name}}s: The dwarfs. Except Doc, all of them have names describing their personalities.
* MenCantKeepHouse: The dwarfs' house was trashed and untidy until Snow White came in and cleaned it.
* MindScrew: All of Snow White's run in the forest. Seems like the entire forest has come to life to catch her.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: The Huntsman. He fails to follow the Queen's orders of killing Snow White.
* MisplacedWildlife:
** While the story is supposed to be in medieval Europe, we see raccoons, chipmunks, grey squirrels, California quails turkey vultures, and deer with antlers resembling a white-tailed deer, all of which are North American species.
** Averted in the "Silly Song". Bashful sings "I chased a polecat up a tree/Way out upon a limb". How many North American viewers know what a polecat is?[[note]]It's one of several Old-World members of the weasel family, though the term is sometimes also applied to the American black-footed ferret.[[/note]]
* ModestRoyalty: Snow White's dress is pretty simple for a princess, and she knows how to cook and keep house for the dwarfs. {{Justified}} by that her EvilStepmother forced her to wear plain clothes and work like a servant.
* MoodWhiplash: Any time the film changes from a scene with Snow White and the Dwarfs to a scene with the Queen or vice versa, especially the transition from the Queen's transformation scene to the musical number "The Silly Song".
* MusicalChores: "Whistle While You Work", the first half of "Heigh Ho", and "Buddle-Uddle-Um-Dum".
* NaturalSpotlight: Snow White in her glass coffin.
* NightmareFace: The close up of the Queen the first time she reveals her old witch face (''a perfect disguise''). Also the gnarled faces on the trees Snow White imagines during the dark forest sequence.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: The Queen, especially in her terrifying hag disguise.
* NobleDemon: The Huntsman is portrayed as being extremely loyal to the Queen. Nevertheless he cannot bear to kill Snow White and ultimately defies the Queen so she may live.
* NoNameGiven[=/=]EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Queen, the Prince, and the Huntsman.
** If you happen to meet them at a Ride/{{Disney Theme Park|s}}, you'll find that the Queen and the Prince simply autograph their names as "The Queen" and "The Prince". Though apparently she's named "Grimhilde" in Disney mythos.
** Allegedly the Prince's name during pre-production was either Florian or Frederick.
** The closest thing he has to an "official" name, believe it or not, is "Prince Buckethead". He self-deprecatingly called himself that during his MeetCute with Snow White in an earlier screenplay of the scene, as well as the comic strip adaptation of the movie.
* NoSongForTheWicked: The Queen doesn't have a VillainSong.
* ObviouslyEvil: The Queen in disguise isn't exactly the most subtle of all the beasts of the field.
* OddNameOut: Doc (whose name, unlike the others, isn't an adjective describing his personality). Then again, he does seem to be the brains of the group. In many translations his name is altered to some variation of "Wise".
* OffIntoTheDistanceEnding: The newly awakened Snow White riding sidesaddle on Prince Charming's white horse, while he leads them on foot toward his golden palace in the distance.
* OffModel:
** Just slightly. While the Queen is dramatically running down the stairs, her cape seems to have extended to be the size of a wall-to-wall carpet.
** Some of the characters don't look quite right [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1809233664/tt0029583?ref_=tt_ov_i in the theatrical poster.]] For examples, the Prince has longer hair than what's depicted in the film (even looking more like a teen), and the Huntsman looks like Bluto from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye|TheSailor}}'' cartoons.
* OffstageVillainy: It's implied the Queen committed other horrendous crimes before trying to kill Snow White - there are a lot of skeletons in her dungeon...
* OhCrap: Dopey when Sneezy, beneath him on the TotemPoleTrench, is about to sneeze.
* OminousOperaCape: The Queen. She's actually wearing ''two'' capes, in that her sleeves are one wide piece of fabric connected across her back, under her main cape.
* OminousOwl: During Snow White's escape in the forest an owl screeches at her from a tree before flying away.
* OnlySaneMan:
** Grumpy's response to Snow White suddenly becoming their disciplinarian is arguably the closest to reasonable.
** Grumpy's displeasure of having her around also stems from the fact that she's essentially a fugitive and he correctly predicts that the Queen will be able to find her thanks to her use of black magic. His anger at her being a disciplinarian could very well be the fact that they're doing each other favors (the dwarfs house her and she cooks for them) yet Snow White ''still'' bosses them around.
%%* OpeningChorus
* PainfulTransformation: The Queen turning into the old woman is not shown as pleasant to her.
* PaletteSwap: Zig-zagged with the dwarfs. In the original story they were all essentially palette swaps of each other, but Disney gave each of them a distinct personality and with that gave them each a unique face. But all seven wear the exact same clothes, just in different colors.
* PimpedOutDress:
** Snow White. Like all of the princesses, she gets more fancy designs of her movie dress. Her merchandise particularly focuses on collar and skirt when it pimps her out.
** The Queen wears a black and purple dress with white ermine trimming (although the animation doesn't make that clear) and some gold decorations.
* PerpetualFrowner: Grumpy is the biggest perpetual frowner of the Seven Dwarfs although he is seen smiling on a few occasions.
* PowerOfHate: A step in making the potion that transforms the Evil Queen into an old peddler woman is calling forth "A blast of wind to fan my hate."
* PragmaticAdaptation: Dropping the too-tight laces and poisoned comb murder attempts was done because Walt knew they would kill the momentum of the story. Indeed, while there is a good amount of {{Disneyfication}} in this film, the changes are arguably [[AdaptationDistillation beneficial in terms of pacing and interest]].
* PrehensileTail: The rabbits, squirrels, and at one point a deer all use their tails as sweepers and dusters while cleaning the Dwarfs' cottage with Snow White. Another notable instance is when the fawn uses its tail to operate the sink's water pump.
* PrincessClassic: The sweet-singing, sweet-natured, and beautiful Snow White ends up with her prince in a castle in the clouds.
* ProductDisplacement: This movie originally premiered when [[Creator/RKOPictures RKO Radio Pictures]] distributed Disney's movies and shorts. Consequently, it ended with RKO's "Thunderbolt" VanityPlate, overlapped by the words "A Walt Disney Feature Production in Technicolor". When Disney re-released the movie themselves, starting in TheFifties, they replaced the Thunderbolt with a standard "The End" card. Eventually, the 2009 restoration of the movie had RKO's VanityPlate reinstated.
* PunchClockVillain:
** The Huntsman solely works for the Queen and takes her orders of killing Snow White. However, the huntsmen cannot do it.
** The Mirror doesn't have any ill will towards Snow White nor is he jealous of her being the most fairest in the land. His purpose is to serve the Queen and do what she asks.
* PurpleIsPowerful: The Queen's dress, although it's overshadowed by all the black.
* RagsToRoyalty: TropeMaker and TropeNamer of the second type, "Snow White Style".
* RavenHairIvorySkin:
** Snow White. "Lips red as the rose. Hair black as ebony. Skin white as snow."
** The Queen fit that description too; at least before she drank the potion.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: The magic mirror is effectively omniscient, and could provide the Queen with a wealth of information about any number of subjects, but she chooses to use it [[VainSorceress to look for any women that are prettier than her]].
* {{Remaster}}: In 1993, this became the first movie to undergo a digital restoration.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The dwarfs when they realize the Queen has (apparently) killed Snow White and furiously chase her down.
* {{Rotoscoping}}: All the human characters are rotoscoped, aside from the Dwarfs (who arguably aren't truly "human"). The Queen's witch form notably avoids rotoscoping. There is one scene where Creator/GrimNatwick, Snow White's designer and one of her head animators, ditched the rotoscope and animated Snow White running down the stairs and checking the soup on his own. Walt himself praised that moment, and wished for all of Snow White's human animation to be that good (although no one bothered to tell him it wasn't rotoscoped).
* RuleOfThree: Used more than people realize. Usually found in visual gags, and in the music.
* RuleOfSeven: Takes the fairy tale's "seven dwarfs" and kicks it up a notch.
-->'''Queen:''' Magic mirror on the wall, who ''now'' is the fairest one of all? \\
'''Mirror:''' Over the seven jeweled hills, beyond the seventh fall, in the cottage of the Seven Dwarfs, dwells Snow White, fairest one of all.
* TheRuntAtTheEnd:
** Dopey.
** Also the turtle among Snow White's animal friends. Turtles are slow, naturally.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: The Prince. One of the video releases said that the original intent was for the Prince to be captured by the Queen while looking for Snow White and have scenes involving his imprisonment and breakout. They were dropped in favor of the climax focusing on the dwarfs. [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Prince Phillip]] later gets to do all these things, though.
* ScavengersAreScum: Surprisingly subverted with the vultures. They start out seeming like evil minions of the Queen (being essentially {{Evil Counterpart}}s to Snow White's cute little songbirds), but in the end, it turns out that they're unaffiliated--they knew that in the final confrontation ''someone'' was gonna die, so they were quick to follow both the Queen and the Dwarves just waiting for one party to off the other. [[spoiler:When the Queen kicks the bucket, they're quick to swoop down to eat the (thankfully unseen) remains]].
* SceneryPorn: Set a precedent for every animated Disney feature to come.
* ScreenToStageAdaptation: Several over the decades, most elaborately a 1979 production at Radio City Music Hall in New York City complete with AdaptationExpansion (several new songs, Snow White's ''father'' being a supporting character, etc.). That version was filmed and was an early Disney VHS release under the title ''Snow White Live''.
* SidekickSong: "The Silly Song" is sung by the dwarfs to entertain Snow White after dinner.
* TheSilentBob: Dopey, who is the one dwarf who does not speak. Allegedly, it's because he never tried.
* SimpleYetOpulent: Snow White and the Queen both wear grand but simple dresses.
* SkeletonMotif: When the Queen dips the apple in the Sleeping Death potion, the potion dripping from it forms a skull, "a symbol of what lies within".
* {{Sleepyhead}}: Sleepy, naturally. He always looks like he could fall asleep at any moment.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Snow White, in regards to the Prince. When she first sees the Prince, she instantly and deeply falls in love with him.
* SneezeOfDoom: Courtesy of [[MeaningfulName Sneezy]].
* TheSomethingSong: "The Silly Song".
* TheSpeechless: Dopey.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's "dwarfs," not "dwarves". Tolkien's spelling change hadn't quite kicked in by then.
* {{Spoonerism}}: Doc makes a few, the funniest being the aforementioned "what are you and who are you doing?"
* StorybookOpening: The {{Trope Maker|s}}. The story begins with a book opening and ends with the book closing, leaving a view of the back cover as "The End" screen appears.
* TeamMom: Snow White to the dwarfs; scarcely have they agreed to let her stay then she starts taking charge of the place.
* TemptingFate: Snow White tells the dwarfs that the Queen would never find her at their home. This turns out to not be true, as the Magic Mirror does know her location, and tells the Queen that Snow White is in the dwarfs' cottage, and the disguised Queen finds the cottage and Snow White there.
%%* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: "Whistle While You Work".
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Let's see: First, the ledge the disguised Queen is standing on in the climax gets struck by lightning, which sends her falling to her death...and if that wasn't enough, the boulder she was trying to dislodge (to kill the dwarfs who were chasing her) falls right in the direction of where she was falling, just in case...oh, and the implications of her body being devoured by the vultures that were following her.
** And yet, as the Witch, she does turn up in the Disney comics later; she must be made of pretty tough stuff.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: In the scene where Snow White first meets the prince, one of her bird friends blushes, going completely pink from the neck up.
* ThroughHisStomach: Snow White's cooking is what really sells the dwarfs on letting her stay with them.
* TotemPoleTrench: During the party that the dwarfs throw for Snow White, Dopey gets on Sneezy's shoulders and puts on a long blue coat so that the two of them can provide Snow White with a height-appropriate dance partner.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Snow White. Seriously, you'd think she'd know that taking candy from strangers (especially ones that were ugly old hags) was a bad idea.
** Also, the disguised Queen, who tries attempting to kill the dwarfs by pushing a boulder from the ledge of a cliff... a terrible place to pick during a thunderstorm.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Snow White's grand dress has a blue bodice and sleeves.
* TrueCompanions: Snow White forms a motherly bond with the Dwarves, who all adore her in turn (even Grumpy, in his own way).
* TrueLovesKiss: Replaces the jolting of the coffin to wake Snow White up. In a case of UnbuiltTrope, "true love" doesn't come into it: the kiss in question is instead designated "Love's First Kiss".
* {{Tsundere}}: Grumpy, whose demeanor toward Snow White (after he starts to warm up to her) is encompassed by the phrase "I'm not doing this because I like you."
* VainSorceress: The Queen is the archetypal example that also illustrates the primary paradox intrinsic to this trope: Why would an intelligent, powerful woman like the Queen be so crazily obsessed over something as seemingly paltry as mere physical appearance? Sure, vanity might explain part of it, but to go so far as to seek the death of a rival (who is not even aware of her grudge), and undergo a painful transformation to disguise herself so that she could personally carry out a murder plot? Seems a bit over the top, but then again, that's the warping nature of evil for you.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: A Disney staple. The Queen takes her jealousy to dark extremes, treating it like an act of war. She is content with either having her rival's heart torn out of her corpse as trophy or be buried alive when a poison apple turns out to be a deep sleep curse. She's also a potential sorceress and an implied torturer, and the scene where she transforms into her old hag disguise is, even today, ''still'' considered one of the scariest moments in film. This jarringly contrasts with the rather whimsical vibe of the rest of the film.
* VillainOpeningScene: The first proper scene is of the Queen consulting her Magic Mirror.
* VillainousBreakdown: The Queen suffers this, but initially a rare cold-blooded one once she realizes Snow White is still alive. Then after she transforms herself into an old witch, she definitely loses her temper and lets her emotions run the show.
* WaitingSkeleton: As the Queen is leaving the castle to kill Snow White, she walks past a prison cell containing a skeleton on the ground, reaching for a jug just out of its grasp. When the Queen sees it, she laughs and says "Thirsty? Have a drink!" before [[KickTheDog kicking the jug over so that it hits the skeleton and shatters it]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** In the scene where the dwarfs wash up for supper, Dopey accidentally swallows a bar of soap, causing him to hiccup bubbles. This was eventually resolved... in the deleted soup scene, in which he also swallows a spoon.
** Also, we never get to see how the huntsman turned out, although it's apparent from how immediately the queen left to deal with Snow White that she didn't have time to deal with him.
** What did happen to the queen's magic mirror, anyway? A couple of adaptations actually address this:
*** The French novelization has the Queen destroy it before her transformation
*** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', the slave in the mirror is freed after the Queen dies.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Possibly the UrExample for animated films. The "cute" forest animals' only purpose for most of the film is to make Snow White seem kind and pure. The "dark" animals, like the ravens and vultures, are reserved for the Queen.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: For the production team, they had a difficult time trying to do dramatic scenes with the characters because they were worried that audiences at the time would find the concept of one drawing trying to kill another drawing to be silly. Before this movie there was never really any attempt to make the audience really ''sympathize'' with a cartoon character.
* WhenTreesAttack: Subverted, since it's just Snow White's imagination.
* WhiteStallion: At the end of the movie, the Prince takes Snow White away on his white horse.
* WishingWell: Snow White wishes for a prince at one of these.
%%* WickedWitch: Take a guess...
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Creator/WaltDisney was aiming to make Snow White look to be around 14 years old, though she still seems a tad older than that.
* YouDirtyRat: The Queen's dungeon is inhabitated by some slimy and ugly rats.