I’m currently watching all the Disney movies together with my blogging friends, called ‘Disney Journey’ and that's how this idea was born. This is also partly inspired by Project Disney from Picture us reading - you should check out their artwork in the trading cards!
Today it’s up to the first Disney movie, Snow White. It is based on the German tale by the Brothers Grimm numbered as Tale 53. It is one of the most famous fairy tale across Europe. The version from the Brothers Grimm was actually an adaptation from an earlier story called 'Little Snowdrop' by Raphael Tuck & Sons. Differences are mostly in the riddles and how the Queen dies (chokes on the wedding)
"Tell me glass, tell me true!
Of all the ladies in the land,
who is the fairest, tell me, who?"
In the first edition from Grimm there is an evil, jealous mother instead of the stepmother. The queen never ordered a servant; she takes Snow with her to gather flowers and abandons her. They believe the changes were done to tone down the story for children.
"You, my queen, are fair so true. But the young Queen is a thousand times fairer than you."
Plot Snow White.
Snow White's stepmother is obsessed by her looks, so when her magic mirrors tells her Snow is more beautiful she can't handle that shit and decides to kill the girl. Snow escapes and lives perfectly innocent with the 7 male dwarfs. The Queen transforms into an old woman, offering her several goods ending with the poisoned apple. Snow, stupid as she is, eats it (after several attempts on her life) and a piece gets stuck in her throat. The dwarfs can't say goodbye and they put her corpse in a glass casket (yep, not creepy at all), until a prince arrives and wakes her. They get married, the Queen is a loser. The end.
Snow White is the first American animated feature in color. Mel fact: Snow is my least favorite Disney princesses.
Comparison Disney - original tale.
-The dwarfs have names.
-The queen asks for her heart instead of lungs and liver.
-She appears older instead of 14, which makes her the youngest princess.
-There is one attempt to kill Snow instead of 3.
-She wakes up after the true love kiss from the prince. Original; the piece of apple gets dislodged.
-The queen falls down the cliff instead of dancing herself to death in hot-iron shoes.
Disney movie verdict.
The dwarfs look cute. I hate the voice from Snow White. I like that they only show the apple, because it would make the movie too repetitive and long. With a smile and a song is my favorite song from the movie. It's overall a good adaptation, but like I said, not my favorite.
Every English name is exact translated to Dutch. The names from Doc and the Queen are the same.
Snow white = Sneeuwwitje.
Happy = Giechel (which means 'Giggles')
Grumpy = Grumpie.
Sleepy = Dommel.
Sneezy = Niezel.
Bashful = Bloosje.
Dopey = Stoetel.
1. Snow White is one of the main characters in the TV show Once Upon A Time. The biggest difference is how strong and kick-ass Snow is. OUAT provides a far better example of how I like to see her. We also have the Evil Queen and the Huntsman (who is a lot cuter here) The 7 dwarfs are adorable, especially grumpy. I'm a huge OUAT addict and highly recommend this series.
2. Mirror mirror is a more comical approach of the story. It features Julia Roberts as the evil queen (which I thought was brilliant) and Lily Collins as Snow.
3. Snow White and the huntsman. Visually pretty, but I dislike Kristen Stewart. How can a gorgeous woman like Charlize Theron as Evil Queen be jealous of Stewart and her endless open mouth?
4. Snow White. Adorable. I really like the dwarfs.
5. Grimm's Snow White. I’m planning to watch this despite the terrible ratings.
6. The brother’s Grimm is inspired by the Queen from Snow White. I love this movie. Heath Ledger!
7. Snow White: a tale of terror. Never seen this one. Also not planning to see it.
8. Snow white: a deadly summer. Never seen this one. Also not planning to see it.
9. Snow White (canon movie tales) Never seen this one. Also not planning to see it.
10. The upcoming ‘Into the woods’ a new movie based on the musical Into the woods. Have you seen the trailers? It looks so good, I can’t wait!
Books I’ve read:
1. Tracy Lynn – Snow. Snow ends up with a group of thieves, until she gets an apology from her stepmother. Fun story, I like the twist to the dwarfs.
2. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest. Aza believes she’s not a beauty, but she does have one of the prettiest voices. Not my favorite.
3. Melanie Dickerson – The fairest beauty. Gabe claims that Sophie is married to his older brother and he is there to take her with him. There was a strong focus on faith, but nevertheless fun story.
High on my wish list:
1. Carolyn Turgeon – The fairest of them all.
2. Nancy Ohlin – Beauty.
3. R.C Lewis – Stitching snow.
4. Melissa Lemon – Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayham.
5. Catherynne M. Valente – Six-gun Snow white.
6. Marissa Meyer – Winter.
On the shelves:
1. Jim C. Hines – Princess series, consists of 4 books. Snow is one of the characters.
1. Lily Blake – Snow white and the huntsman.
2. Gregory Maguire – Mirror mirror.
3. Mette Ivie Harrison – Mira, mirror.
4. Lil St. Crow – Nameless.
5. Jane Yolen – Snow in summer.
6. K.D Jones – A white so red.
7. Jenni James – Snow white.
8. Cindy Bennett – Snow white.
9. Tanith Lee – White as snow.
9. Mercedes Lackey – The serpent’s shadow.
10. Sarah Cross – Tear you apart.
11. Ellen Datlow – Snow white, blood red anthologies with more fairy tales.
12. Serena Valentino – Fairest of all.
The last thing I want to show you are these awesome covers. I came across them when I researched this tale. I found them all on Pinterest and there are more (just search on 'Snow white movie posters') I made a selection of my favorite pictures.
What do you think about Snow White? What is your favorite song in the movie? Have you ever read the original tale or any of the retellings? And what about other movies?