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YMMV: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Examples from the Disney film:

  • Accidental Innuendo: When the dwarfs meet Snow White for the first time, Grumpy tells Doc to "Ask her who she is and what she's a-doin' here!" Of course, given his tendency to get words mixed up, Doc comes out with "What are you and who are you doin'?" Surprisingly enough, given the time period this film was made in, this is probably one of the earliest examples of this trope.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Snow White, depending on how you view her, is either way too polite and altruistic for her own good or just plain Too Dumb to Live.
    • Also, The Queen in The Book "Fairest of All"; an extremely dark Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds (to Kefka levels) who, after being reexposed 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, having difficulty in doing simple things but being a vastly accomplished musician.
  • Awesome Music: The opening and ending sequences.
    • Every song in the movie counts, but "Some Day My Prince Will Come" is a standout. Its impossible not to get chills when the melody kicks in as Snow White wakes up at the end.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • "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.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • 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 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 Dwarfs in general are this, being distinct in personality and very humorous as well.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Queen, until she transforms herself into the hag.
  • First Installment Wins: The film often tops "best Disney film lists" despite Uncle Walt himself thinking of Bambi as his Magnum Opus.
  • 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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).
  • Hell Is That Noise: The Scream of Fright from the Queen's potion.
  • Hype Backlash: While still a respected film, it gets this for all of Disney's touting that it's "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.
  • Magnum Opus: Many people and movie historians consider Snow White to be this for Walt Disney, though this is generally considered to be more for what it did than what it is.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Magic Mirror on the wall..."
  • Moe: Snow White herself. Dopey also has shades of it.
  • Moment Of Awesome: At the film's climax, Grumpy completes his Character Development by leading the dwarfs in chasing the Queen down after she poisons Snow White.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Oh dear god... The Queen definitely crosses it: She wants to kill an innocent girl (who is probably 16 or lessnote ) and for what?!? Just because she's more beautiful than her. And if that's not enough she plans to poison her with the Poison 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The fact that Snow White herself looks and sounds no older than 14, and the prince's voice places him as quite a bit older than that. Suppose we should be grateful she's not 7 as she is in the original...
    • It's only Nightmare Fuel if you don't know the time period. Getting married at 13 or 14 would be perfectly normal for the Middle Ages. Having a marriage arranged from when a child is born wouldn't be that odd, either.
      • ...And that makes it better how exactly?
      • Lifespan was very short in the Middle Ages.
    • The tree scene, the hag form, this movie is Disney's first example that doesn't involve Deranged Animation.
    • The evil look the Circling Vultures give each other just before swooping down from the cliff in which the Queen falls to her doom.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The tree hallucination.
    • The Queen's pet raven perched on a skull appears just in one scene.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Virtually any scene of significance in this movie has been copied, homaged, parodied and ripped off incessantly for over 70 years. Best advice to parents is to show it to the kids quickly.
    • Many see this as "just another sappy Disney Princess film", failing to realize how truly groundbreaking a project this was when released.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Snow White. Many people find her exaggerated Moe traits and sickeningly sweet attitude annoying.
  • Tear Jerker: Has its own page.
  • 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 an Idiot: As Cracked pointed out, the Queen could have just actually killed Snow White instead of betting on her sleeping forever. Especially since she would just retain her beauty that way.
  • 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.

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