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Disney / Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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..."

Walt Disney made Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs into an animated movie in 1937, the first full-length animated feature film in the English-speaking world ("English-speaking" being an important disclaimer, though it was at least definitely the first hand-drawn one) and the first entry in the Disney Animated Canon. 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 Disney Villain Death (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 Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies 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.

Filmation made an unofficial sequel called Happily Ever After.

Also, you just know Disney did something right when a man like Adolf Hitler 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 drew fan art from it. It was also considered the greatest film ever by Sergei Eisenstein, 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, The Battleship Potemkin, 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 Kingdom Hearts 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 Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep 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 Perspective Flip novel series A Tale of gives the Queen a backstory in Fairest of All.

The film contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: 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.)
  • All-Natural Gem Polish: 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.
  • All There in the Script: 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.
  • Ambiguously Human: The Dwarfs.
  • Anti-Sneeze Finger: The dwarfs do this to Sneezy.
  • Art Shift: The book in the Book Ends is filmed in live-action.
  • Award Bait Song: "Someday My Prince Will Come", especially the Barbara Streisand version.
  • Badass Adorable / Cute Bruiser: The birds who attack the Evil Queen.
  • Badbutt: The Dwarfs, especially in the scene at the climax where they chase after the Queen.
  • Bat Scare: When Snow White runs through the woods she passes near a small cave waking some bats who dwell there and making them flee.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: 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.
  • Big Bad: The Evil Queen.
  • Black and White Morality: Literally and figuratively, in that White is predominant among Good characters (right down to Prince Charming's horse) while the Queen wears Black.
  • Bluebird of Happiness: Snow White sings to one.
  • Book Ends: The movie opens with a shot of a book opening by itself to give out exposition and ends with the same book closing itself.
  • Butt Monkey: Mostly Dopey.
  • Call-and-Response Song: "I'm Wishing".
  • Cape Swish: The Queen manages a particularly impressive one when rushing down from the Mirror Room to her secret spell-chamber.
  • Circling Vultures: 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 Woodland Creatures 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 falls to her doom, the vultures slowly circle down after her.
  • Climbing Climax: The dwarfs and animals chase the transformed queen to the top of a cliff.
  • Cool Crown: The Queen wears a crown with spikes evoking the rays of the sun.
  • Cute Mute: Dopey.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Zig-zagged. After indulging in typical Nothing Can Stop Us Now Evil Gloating, the Queen suddenly stops mid-Evil Laugh to ponder, "But wait!" pause "There may be an antidote! Nothing must be overlooked!" Upon discovering its one remedy ("Love's first kiss, bah! No fear of that! The Dwarfs will think she's DEAD! She'll be Buried Alive!"), she shrugs it off. Due to circumstance she ends up targeting the Dwarfs as well, which would have wrapped up all the witnesses nicely.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: 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 Darkness Gazes Back: During the Snow White's run in the forest, the animals' eyes appear from the darkness. Because of Snow White's fear and confusion, they look inhuman and demonic.
  • Daylight Horror: The Queen, as an old hag, tricks Snow White to eat the poison apple during the day.
  • Dead-Hand Shot: Complete with dropped apple. It's only "sleeping death".
  • Death by Irony: Cornered on a cliff by the dwarfs, the Queen/Hag then 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...
  • Defrosting Ice King: Grumpy's Character Development. He finally completes it during the climax when he leads the dwarfs in a furious chase after the Queen.
  • Deranged Animation: The dark forest sequence.
  • Didn't Think This Through: 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.
  • Dinner Deformation: Dopey's stomach gets a rectangular bulge after he swallowed a bar of soap.
  • Discretion Shot: Snow White's death, the pig's heart, and the Queen getting pecked by vultures after falling off the cliff.
  • Disney Death: In one of the earliest examples, Snow White herself!
  • Disneyfication: The first example, and (as stated by Adaptation Distillation above) not nearly as much as would become expected later.
  • Disney Princess: The Trope Maker.
  • Disney Villain Death:
    • Replaced a Family-Unfriendly Death in the source material. The death is in some ways more extreme than the pre-Disney versions — it follows the Rule of Three! 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 Disney Animated Canon villain.
    • Some comics subvert this; since the death is No-One Could Survive That, they show that she survived.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Snow White's the fairest in the land, so the Queen tries to kill her.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: 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.
  • Don't Touch It, You Fools!:
    • It might be poison!! See?! It's witch's brew!
    • Grumpy has this reaction to the bar of soap.
  • Dope Slap: Doc gives one to (who else?) Dopey for goofing around while they're working in the mine.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The Queen.
  • Empathic Environment: As soon as the Queen leaves the cottage after poisoning Snow White, it's suddenly dark and stormy outside.
  • Epic Fail: 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: 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.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": See No Name Given, below.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: The dark forest sequence where seems like everything comes to life to catch Snow White.
  • Evil Tropes: So many for the Queen.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Everything except the very last scene takes place within two days.
  • Extreme Omnivore: 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.
  • Fade Around the Eyes: In what may be the Ur-Example, 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.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Grumpy storming out and walking straight into a door.
  • Fan-Art: The most notorious one is a couple of fan-drawings found in an old cellar in Norway, during German occupation in the late 30s... signed by the talented amateur artist "Adolf H."...
  • Flat Characters: The Prince. Being the first Disney Princess movie, the characters were basic archetypes that would become more fleshed out decades down the line.
  • Foreshadowing: This happens on a meta level when the dwarfs come home to an occupied house.
    In unison: Jiminy Crickets!
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The dwarfs.
  • Fourth Wall Psych: 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.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Snow White.
  • Full-Name Basis: 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.
  • Funny Background Event: It's tricky to spot and certainly unintentional, but when Snow White enters the dwarfs' house for the first time (12 seconds into this video) 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.
  • Gag Nose: Bashful, Grumpy, and Sneezy, although Grumpy's nose is easily the largest out of all of them.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • The animals know the Queen-hag is up to no good. Could it have been why the vultures were following her? Either that, or the vultures expect her to drop over dead at any moment because she looked so old and decrepit.
    • Grumpy is the only dwarf who acknowledges the danger of taking in Snow White, thus incurring the Queen's wrath if/when their help is discovered.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • During the "Wash Up" song.
      Bashful: Do you have to wash where it doesn't show?
    • Doc has a habit of 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".
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Especially if they're all like this one...in fact, she currently provides the page image.
  • Grief Song: "Chorale For Snow White".
  • Grumpy Bear: Grumpy, obviously.
  • Hallucinations: Snow White's run in the forest where she imagines it's inhabited by monstrous tree creatures.
  • Happily Ever After
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Doc tries to say, "who are you and what are you doing?" and comes up with "what are you and who are you doing?"
  • Hellish Pupils: The Queen in her hag form has a pair of green ones. Also the scary trees who scares Snow White (in her imagination).
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Grumpy starts out as a misogynist. By the end of the film, he's arguably the one who loves Snow White the most.
  • Herbivores Are Friendly: Snow White has deer, rabbits, squirrels, and songbirds helping her work.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: 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.
  • High Collar of Doom: The Queen.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: 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.
  • Hollywood Costuming: As a minimum, Snow White. Her dress takes great artistic liberties and her hairstyle screams 1930s.
  • Hollywood Kiss: Between Snow White and the Prince.
  • Hot Witch: The Queen. Unfortunately for her after she drank the potion she has this look no more.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "Now I will be the fairest one of all!"... after transforming herself into a hag.
  • Indirect Kiss: Snow White kisses a dove, who then flies down to kiss the prince.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Snow White has some resemblance with her voice actress Adriana Caselotti.
  • Insubstantial Ingredients: The peddler disguise was comprised almost entirely of these.
  • Irony: The apple, in a way, DID made Snow White's wish come true.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Upon viewing the film, Leon Schlesinger (owner of rival animation studio 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.
  • "I Want" Song: "I'm Wishing" and "Someday My Prince Will Come".
  • Jerkass: The Queen. Oh, so very much.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
  • Jeweler's Eye Loupe: In the mine scene, Doc is shown inspecting using a loupe to inspect the gems the dwarfs have mined.
  • Karmic Death: The Queen.
  • Karmic Transformation: 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.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: By the end of the movie the Prince has arrived to take Snow White away on his white horse.
  • Large Ham: Averted with the Queen, who is usually very controlled with her mannerisms, even when angry. But when she becomes the Witch, she throws all calmness right out the window, and begins right on hamming it up.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: 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).
    • The Queen has a dark and menacing one. You can hear it mostly when she's in her hag status.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: The Queen has long black hair under her wimple, but refreshingly averted with Snow White.
  • The Lost Woods: During her flight in the forest, Snow White's imagination makes it look like this.
  • Love at First Note: Which leads to the Love Theme "One Song".
  • Love Theme: "One Song".
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: The Queen's laboratory in the dungeon.
  • Magic Mirror: Possibly the Ur-Example here; this one has an ominous, evil-looking face.
  • The Marvelous Deer: The first creature that plainly reveals itself in the forest is a fawn.
  • Make a Wish: Snow White starts out singing to a wishing well, hoping for a prince to come.
  • Malaproper: Doc.
  • Manchild: Dopey, although all the other dwarfs also seem to have shades of this.
  • Manly Tears: Grumpy when Snow White (apparently) dies.
  • Meaningful Names: The dwarfs' names.
  • Men Can't Keep House: The dwarfs' house was trashed and untidy until Snow White came in and cleaned it.
  • Mind Screw: All of Snow White's run in the forest. Seems like the entire forest has come to life to catch her.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: The Huntsman.
  • Misplaced Wildlife:
    • While the story is supposed to be in medieval Europe, we see raccoons, California quails and turkey vultures.
    • 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? (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).
  • Mood Whiplash: 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".
  • Musical Chores: "Whistle While You Work", the first half of "Heigh Ho", and "Buddle-Uddle-Um-Dum".
  • Natural Spotlight: Snow White in her glass coffin.
  • Nightmare Face: 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: The Queen.
  • Noble Demon: 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.
  • No Name Given:
    • If you happen to meet them at a Disney Theme Park, 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 Meet Cute with Snow White in the comic strip adaptation of the movie.
  • No Song for the Wicked
  • Obviously Evil: The Queen in disguise isn't exactly the most subtle of all the beasts of the field.
  • Odd Name Out: 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".
  • Off-into-the-Distance Ending: 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.
  • Off Model:
    • 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 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 "Popeye" cartoons.
  • Offstage Villainy: It's implied the Queen committed other horrendous crimes before trying to kill Snow White - there are a lot of skeletons in her dungeon...
  • Oh Crap!: Dopey when Sneezy, beneath him on the Totem Pole Trench, is about to sneeze.
  • Ominous Opera Cape: 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.
  • Ominous Owl: During Snow White's escape in the forest an owl screeches at her from a tree before flying away.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • 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.
  • Opening Chorus
  • Painful Transformation: The Queen turning into the old woman is not shown as pleasant to her.
  • Palette Swap: Both averted and played straight 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 all a unique face. But all seven wear the exact same clothes, just in different colors.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Both Snow White and the Queen have their own.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Both Grumpy and the Huntsman are this.
  • Power Of Hate: 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".
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: 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 beneficial in terms of pacing and interest.
  • Princess Classic
  • Product Displacement: This movie originally premiered when RKO Radio Pictures distributed Disney's movies and shorts. Consequently, it ended with RKO's "Thunderbolt" Vanity Plate, overlapped by the words "A Walt Disney Feature Production in Technicolor". When Disney re-released the movie themselves, starting in The Fifties, they replaced the Thunderbolt with a standard "The End" card. Eventually, the 2009 restoration of the movie had RKO's Vanity Plate reinstated.
  • Punch Clock Villain: The Huntsman and probably the Magic Mirror as well.
  • Purple Is Powerful: The Queen's dress, although it's overshadowed by all the black.
  • Rags to Royalty: Trope Maker and Trope Namer of the second type, "Snow White Style".
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin:
    • 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.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • Dopey became The Speechless because a suitable voice actor couldn't be found.
    • For that matter, the Prince got much less screen time than initially planned because he was the hardest character to animate.
  • Remaster: In 1993, this became the first movie to undergo a digital restoration.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: 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 Grim Natwick, one of Snow White's 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).
  • Rule of Three: Used more than people realize. Usually found in visual gags, and in the music.
  • The Runt at the End:
    • Dopey.
    • Also the turtle. Turtles are slow, naturally.
  • Satellite Love Interest: 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. Prince Phillip later gets to do all these things though.
  • Scenery Porn: Set a precedent for every animated Disney feature to come.
  • Screen-to-Stage Adaptation: Several over the decades, most elaborately a 1979 production at Radio City Music Hall in New York City complete with Adaptation Expansion (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.
  • Sidekick Song: "The Silly Song".
  • The Silent Bob: Dopey.
  • Simple Yet Opulent: Snow White and the Queen wear grand but simple dresses.
  • Skeleton Motif: 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.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Snow White, obviously.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Courtesy of Sneezy. Subverted when Snow White first meets the dwarfs.
  • The Something Song: "The Silly Song".
  • The Speechless: Dopey.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": 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?"
  • Storybook Opening: The Trope Maker.
  • Team Mom: Snow White to the dwarfs; scarcely have they agreed to let her stay than she starts taking charge of the place.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: "Whistle While You Work".
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: 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.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: In the scene where Snow White first meets the prince, one of her bird friends blushes, going completely pink from the neck up.
  • Through His Stomach: Snow White's cooking is what really sells the dwarfs on letting her stay with them.
  • Totem Pole Trench: 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • 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.
  • True Blue Femininity: Snow White's grand dress has a blue bodice and sleeves.
  • True Love's Kiss: Replaces the jolting of the coffin to wake Snow White up. In a case of Unbuilt Trope, "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."
  • Vain Sorceress: Guess.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: A Disney staple.
  • Villain Opening Scene
  • Villainous Breakdown: 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • 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, whatever became of the huntsman who was supposed to kill Snow White?
    • What did happen to the queen's magic mirror, anyway? This is solved in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep: when the queen died, the magic mirror is freed.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Possibly the Ur-Example 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.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: 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.
  • When Trees Attack: Subverted, since it's just Snow White's imagination.
  • White Stallion: At the end of the movie The Prince takes Snow White away on his white horse.
  • Wicked Witch: Take a guess...
  • Younger Than They Look: Walt Disney was aiming to make Snow White look to be around 14 years old, though she still seems a tad older than that.

Alternative Title(s): Snow White, Snow White And The Seven Dwarves