Also, The Queen in the book "Fairest of All"; an extremely dark Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds (to Kefka levels) who, after being re-exposed to mental anguish caused by her father regarding not being beautiful at all and an extremely low self-esteem left her so broken and insane that she felt that killing her stepdaughter was the only thing left to match up to her abusive father's standards of beauty. Seems to nudge to the direction of the latter.
Dopey might be an Idiot Savant or a Genius Ditz, having difficulty in doing simple things but being a vastly accomplished musician.
And You Thought It Would Fail: Many people did; while in production, the film was often derided as "Disney's Folly". Those who worked with Disney, including his brother and wife, tried to talk him out of making the film, believing it would just end up being a complete flop. However, it became a huge hit when it was first released and is regarded as one of the greatest animated movies of all time.
Award Snub: Much to Walt's ire, he was awarded with an Honorary Oscar for this film, instead of the Best Picture award he coveted. After all it was ground-breaking for its time and even became the highest-grossing picture for a time (before being dethroned by Gone with the Wind). This would be the first of several animated films to not reach the Best Picture award.
"The Silly Song" segment; slightly justified in that they are celebrating Snow White and it leads to them wanting Snow White to tell them a story leading to one of the most memorable songs ever (Someday My Prince Will Come).
There was a segment planned where the Dwarfs have soup after washing their hands and sing a song about... soup. If it had been put in the final product, it would have qualified for this trope.
The Tree hallucination; it's quickly forgotten after Snow White finds her little forest friends.
The Dwarfs in general, being distinct in personality and very humorous as well.
Dopey, particularly around the time the film was originally released. Many predicted that he would become as big as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. It didn't quite turn out like that, but still, to think that it might have is impressive. Dopey was, in fact, the initial choice for the apprentice role in the Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence from Fantasia. He was only replaced because Donald was the public's favorite Disney character at the time, and Walt Disney wanted Mickey back in that seat.
Grumpy seems to have amassed a big following in recent times, to the point where a reasonable amount of merchandise is dedicated to him and his sourpuss attitude.
The monstrous trees Snow White sees during her escape in the woods are still remembered as some of the scariest Disney characters ever created despite them being just hallucinations and thus not even real monsters.
Evil Is Sexy: The Queen, until she transforms herself into the hag.
Fair for Its Day: The film is routinely criticized for its lack of depth in the romance. But when the film was made, it was an improvement over the original fairy tale-where the prince only comes in as a Deus ex Machina at the end. At least here the prince appears much earlier in the story and has some reason to look for Snow White. He was meant to have a larger role in the film (being tormented by the Queen) but the Disney animators weren't good at drawing a convincing human male yet.
Genius Bonus: When the Dwarfs forcibly wash Grumpy and put a ring of flowers on his head, Sneezy comments that he smells like a petunia. In botany, petunias symbolize anger and resentment, meaningful if your name happens to be Grumpy.
Growing the Beard: This marks Disney's change from whimsical cartoons and into the full length, animated film genre capable of telling a longer, more complex story, not to mention the animation quality is a drastic improvement of the previous shorts.
Harsher in Hindsight: Snow White wonders if the seven "children" don't know how to clean because they don't have a mother and are orphans. While saying how awful that would be, a fawn nuzzles its mother.
There are references to other Grimm fairy tales throughout the film. Initially, Snow White is forced to wear rags and work as a scullery maid, like Cinderella, and in case you overlooked the reference, she even has a flock of doves helping her like in the Grimm version. Later, the prince awakens Snow White with a kiss, which was borrowed from the Grimms' retelling of Sleeping Beauty, as in the original Snow White merely coughs up the apple. Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty were respectively the next fairy tales Disney would adapt in films (and all three were the only fairy tale films Walt himself was still alive to work on).
Hollywood Homely: Many who watch the movie disagree with the Magic Mirror and think that the queen is much fairer than Snow White.
Ho Yay: The seven dwarves are the source of this in the film even though a lot of them showed attraction to Snow White. First off they all live together in a cottage. All of their name carved beds except Doc's are closer to each other than they should be. The dwarves also bathe together (albeit with their clothes on). Doc and Grumpy also bicker Like an Old Married Couple sometimes, especially in a deleted scene.
Hype Backlash: While still a respected film, it gets this for all of Disney's touting it as "the one that started it all."
Love to Hate: If the dwarfs didn't steal the show, then the Queen in all her evil hamminess did, especially in her hag form.
Moe: Snow White herself. Dopey also has shades of it.
Moral Event Horizon: The Queen definitely crosses it: She wants to kill an innocent girl (who is probably 16 or lessnote The Disney Princess material states that she is the youngest Princess, at 14), and for what?!? Just because she's more beautiful than her. And if that's not enough she plans to poison her with the Poisoned Apple making her fall into the Sleeping Death hoping the dwarves will bury her alive.
And it was also originally planned that she tried to force the Prince - the guy who loved Snow and who Snow pined after - to marry her. And when he refused, she would try to drown him in the dungeon.
The Queen crossed it long ago when she hired a huntsman to try and kill Snow White. How? Because she tells the hunter that in order to make sure Snow White's dead, she asks him to cut her heart out and put it in a box to present her with! And remember - this is her stepdaughter we're talking about.
Heck, in the earliest versions of the tale, she was actually the original biological mother of Snow White.
Narm: The poster used to promote the 1975 and 1983 re-releases seems to show Snow White singing to some bluebirds, but some might think it looks more like her screaming at the not-that-scary sight of them.
This was not the first animated feature film, as many people are led to believe; that title goes to the lost Argentinian political satire El Apóstol, made in 1911 by Quirino Cristiani. Snow White was, however, the first cel-animated feature film, which utterly dominated animation for decades afterwards.
Possibly unintentionally, a couple of the elements different from the story can be found in Alexander Pushkin's The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Knights. These include the prince appearing earlier (in the poem, he is actually her fiancee, and the main plot kicks off the day before they are to marry), and the queen's death being unintentional (she falls over dead as soon as she sees the princess alive again).
The Queen's pet raven perched on a skull appears just in one scene.
Ron the Death Eater: Snow White herself agreed to cook and clean for the dwarves in return for them giving her shelter, and acts like a mother figure to them, not letting them eat unless they wash up for instance. Despite this, many negative reviewers make the dwarves out to be abusive, and Snow White to be a slave forced to cook and clean for them against her will.
Virtually any scene of significance in this movie has been copied, homaged, parodied and ripped off incessantly for over 80 years. Best advice to parents is to show it to the kids quickly.
Many see this as "just another sappyDisney Princess film", failing to realize how truly groundbreaking a project this was when released. To put into perspective: At the time, Disney was not even big enough to be considered part of "Poverty Row" or the "Little Three" - movie studios controlled distribution, and actors. This movie was made by none of Hollywood's studios, and did not employ their stars - at the time, something like that was unheard of. It was called "Disney's Folly" for a reason.
Fans of Disney Princess films often find this film boring and bland compared to future films. This film started and paved the way for much of the material in future Princess films.
Squick: Sneezy's deleted line in "The Silly Song" where he mentions that after he was born, he used his whiskers as a "didee"note (diaper). The effect is somewhat lessened by him sneezing while delivering the line, but it's still unsanitary.
Tastes Like Diabetes: Snow White. Many people find her exaggerated Moe traits and sickeningly sweet attitude insufferable.
Tough Act to Follow: Very few of the animated films made during Walt's lifetime were as successful.
Ugly Cute: The dwarfs aren't exactly lookers, but they're just so genial, charming, and eager to please that it's hard not to love them.
Uncanny Valley: Even back then, everyone loved the cartoony dwarfs and noted how stiff and wooden looking the rotoscoped human characters were.
What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Possibly the Ur-Example. In fact, Walt never intended "Disney" to become synonymous with being kid-friendly (family-friendly, yes, but not kid-friendly. "Family-friendly" implies that it's adult, but still respects its child audience by not going too far). Animation was just easier for all the detail he wanted to include in the story.