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Being cornerstone in the history of animation, Disney's first animated feature has had its share of parodies and tributes in media.


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  • A Duracell battery commercial from 1989 parodies the film's climax with a fairy tale called "The Sleeping Princess", by having the titular princess sleep in a glass case for four years, and be awakened by a prince.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • 9 to 5: Violet's Imagine Spot of how she would kill Mr. Hart has her dressed as Snow White, being helped to poison his coffee by animated woodland critters.
  • Annie Hall: Alvy remarks that he had a crush on the Wicked Queen. This is followed by an animated scene of the two of them together.
  • Citizen Kane: Word of God said that the opening zoom-in on Xanadu was modeled after the opening shot of the Queen's castle.
  • Gremlins:
    • In the first movie, some Gremlins break into a movie theater, turn on Snow White, and sing along to "Heigh-Ho".
    • In Gremlins 2: The New Batch, a projectionist reports of Gremlins breaking into the projection room, and trying to force him to play Snow White.
  • Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird: When Big Bird lives with the Dodos, he tries to play pretend with Donnie and Marie, specifically having himself play Snow White, and Donny and Marie as the dwarfs, leading to this exchange;
    Big Bird: Let's play make-believe. I'll be Snow White.
    Donny: But you're not Snow White.
    Marie: You're bright yellow!
    Donnie: Yeah!
    Big Bird: Well, and you can be the Seven Dwarfs!
    Donny: But we're not Dwarfs!
    Marie: We're... birds!
    (Donny and Marie laugh.)
    Big Bird: I said we could just make believe, you know, pretend, use your imagination!
    Donny: Oh, okay. I'll pretend I'm Donny!
    Marie: And I'll pretend I'm Marie!
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit:
    • Word of God is that Judge Doom's weasel henchmen were conceived as evil counterparts to the Seven Dwarfs.
    • The Dwarfs, Snow White and the Queen are briefly seen in the Toontown sequence.
    • Dopey appears among the crowd of Toons in the closing sequence.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Full House: Snow White is prominently featured in the two-part episode "The House Meets the Mouse".
  • The George Lopez Show: In "God Needles George", Benny tells George that the "Disneyland" she took him to visit as a kid was really a church carnival. When George claims that he saw Disney characters, Benny counters, "Those dwarfs you were hugging? They were just dwarfs."
  • On How I Met Your Mother, Robin is said to have a problem with the Dwarfs, specifically Doc. "He has a medical degree. Why's he hanging out with a bunch of miners?"
  • In the Yes, Dear episode, "Who's on First?", when Kim and Greg attempt to potty-train Sammy, they let him pick out his first pair of big-boy underwear. Sammy picks a pair of Snow White panties, much to Greg's disapproval, leading to this exchange:
    Kim: He likes to watch Snow White.
    Greg: Well, could you throw in a Batman tape every once in a while?

    Puppet Shows 
  • This was spoofed by a few Muppet sketches on Sesame Street, notably in one of Kermit's news flashes.
    Kermit: Dulcy, we got the wrong dwarfs again!

    Video Games 
  • In Banjo-Kazooie, Grunty's reason for kidnapping Tooty for her beauty is similar to the Evil Queen's motives, and her first lines in the game are even a parody of the Queen's famous "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?". Like the Evil Queen, Grunty falls to her doom and gets crushed by a boulder at the end of the game (though unlike the Evil Queen, Grunty survives).
  • In the Bonkers Licensed Game for the Sega Genesis, Snow White's apple is one of the five treasures at the Toon Museum that Bonkers must protect from Harry the Handbag and his gang of Raccoon Thieves.
  • In Castle of Illusion, Mizrabel's character model is based on the Evil Queen—both in her "hag" guise when she's old, and in her normal incarnation when she's becoming younger in the final battle. The remake takes it further by having her say she wants to be the fairest one of all.
  • In the Jeopardy! Licensed Game for the NES, the "Frosty Flicks" category erroneously has "Snow White" as the correct answer to the following question; "In a Disney cartoon, she falls under the evil spell of Queen Malificent".note 
  • In LEGO Dimensions, the Gremlins Adventure World has a puzzle in which the player must explore the movie theater, and turn on Stud Silver and the Seven Microfiguresnote .
  • In World of Illusion, the “Heigh-Ho” theme music from the movie plays whilst going through the spider-filled cavern. Also, given the glimmering gems in the background, the level is based on the mine the dwarfs work in.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode, "Sonically Ever After" parodies the fairy tale as "Snow Height and the Seven Squatty Guys", with Snow Height resembling a taller and uglier version of the Disney incarnation of Snow White. Instead of being the fairest in the land, Snow Height is the tallest.
  • The Animaniacs episode "Cute First (Ask Questions Later)" acts as an unofficial sequel of sorts to the film, where Snow White is now the villain because Dot Warner is now the cutest in the land. Because it is a fabulously cheap cartoon, there are two dwarfs instead of seven.
  • Garfield and Friends: The two-part U.S. Acres short "Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarfs" is a parody of the film.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: In "Nursery Crimes", Billy and Mandy get sucked into a fairy-tale world, and Mandy encounters Snow White and the disguised Queen while searching for Billy. The Queen absent-mindedly eats the apple and knocks herself out before getting beaten by the dwarfs.
  • Family Guy: In the Disney-fied universe from "Road to the Multiverse", Lois is depicted as being similar to Snow White, while Herbert is depicted as an old hag offering an apple.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In The Lone Stranger and Porky, the Lone Stranger talks to his Indian friend Pronto through a television/mirror, asking "Magic mirror on the wall, who needs my help most of all?"
    • The infamous short Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs is a jazzy version of the story with an African-American cast.
  • Mickey Mouse (2013): The episode "Wish upon a Coin" specifically spoofs the "I'm Wishing" song.
  • Mike, Lu & Og: The episode "Sleeping Ugly" has Queeks accidentally awaken an ugly princess with a kiss. Her dress is even styled and colored like that worn by Snow White.
  • In the Muppet Babies (1984) episode, "Snow White and the Seven Muppets", after seeing Snow White, the babies put on their own play, with Piggy and Skeeter competing to play the lead role.
  • Pinky and the Brain: In "Pinky and the Brain... and Larry", Pinky's answer to the episode's Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering? gag is, "I think so, Larry... and, um, Brain... but how can we get seven dwarves to shave their legs?"
  • Robot Chicken
    • A short sketch from "Joint Point" has a prince kissing a sleeping princess, after which a bluebird repeatedly yells, "Date rape!"
    • A sketch from "Stone Cold Steve Cold Stone" has the more "traditional" Disney princesses, Snow White included, going to war against the more "progressive" princesses.
  • Rugrats:
    • In the episode, "Grandpa Moves Out", Tommy and Angelica have to stay in the lobby with Mildred, Flushing Waters' resident surrogate grandmother while Stu, Didi, and Drew visit Lou. Mildred shows Tommy and Angelica pictures of her seven grandchildren, who apparently were named after the Seven Dwarfs. She remembers the names of the first six (Doc, Happy, Grumpy, Sneezy, Dopey, and Bashful), but forgets the name of the seventh. When Angelica asks her, "Sleepy?", Mildred misunderstands and falls asleep.
    • The first of the two Direct-to-DVD "Tales From the Crib" specials is a parody of the film, with Susie in the role of Snow White, Angelica in the role of the Evil Queen, and Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Dil, Kimi, and Spike in the roles of the Seven Dwarfs.
  • In Runaway Brain, Mickey is playing the video game version.
  • The Simpsons
    • In "Selma's Choice", the kids go to Duff Gardens and meet "the seven Duffs": Edgy, Dizzy, Surly, Tipsy, Queasy, Sleazy and Remorseful.
    • The second segment of "Four Great Women and a Manicure" parodies the Snow White story. To avoid comparisons to Disney's version, Lisa gives her own names to the dwarfs: Hungry (Homer), Crabby (Moe), Drunky (Barney), Greedy (Mr. Burns), Lenny, Kearney and Doc-tor Hibbert.
    "Ho-Heigh, Ho-Heigh, it's time to say goodbye. If Disney sues, we'll claim fair use."
    • The Couch Gag for "Fland Canyon" is a tribute to the films of Walt Disney, with Marge's scene being a parody of Snow White.
  • Steven Universe: In "Back to the Moon", Steven names the leader of the Ruby squadron "Doc".
  • Trollhunters: Claire's Juliet costume in "The Battle of Two Bridges" bears a strong resemblance to Snow White.
  • VeggieTales: In the Silly Song "Dance of the Cucumber", Junior Asparagus (who is wearing Mickey Mouse ears) asks his father to take a picture of him with Larry. He tells him to make it quick, because "I think the dwarfs have your mother confused for someone else."
  • In the very first Wacky Races short, "See-Saw to Arkansas", the Ant Hill Mob disguise themselves as the Seven Dwarfs, and the first person who encounters them is Penelope Pitstop, to whom Clyde gives complicated directions. When Dick Dastardly catches up to them, he says, "I'm Snow White. So tell me where the highway is!"
  • The Yogi's Treasure Hunt episode "Snow White and the Seven Treasure Hunters" has Penelope Pitstop as Snow White.
  • In the Yogi Bear short "Snow White Bear", Jellystone Park is visited by the dwarfs, who seem to lack any sense of direction, as well as by Snow White herself and the queen.


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