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Walt Disney's first feature-length animated film...



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January 14, 1938

THE NEW YORK TIMES, from New York, dated January 14, 1938 

* Walt Disney's first animated movie : Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Page 21 contains a very nice, detailed, and lengthy review of the new animated feature-length movie "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the very first by Walt Disney. The very favorable review begins:

"Sheer fantasy, delightful, gay and altogether captivating, touched the screen yesterday when Walt Disney's long-awaited feature-length cartoon of the Grimm fairy tale, "Show White and the Seven Dwarfs" had its local premiere at the Radio City Music Hall. Let your fears be quieted at once: Mr. Disney and his amazing technical crew have outdone themselves..." with more (photos show portions).

Included with the review is a photo from the film, showing Dopey.

Although its world premiere was on Dec. 21, 1937, its general release was on February 4, 1938, several weeks after this review. It was the highest grossing film in movie history until unseated by "Gone With The Wind". It was the first full length animated feature to be produced by Walt Disney, and the first American animated feature film in movie history.

The same page includes an advertisement for the film, playing at Radio City Music Hall (see photos). An earlier page has a small advertisement for the "full color" book version of it (see).

This is the complete 40 page issue with light browning, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American film based on the eponymous German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. It was the first full length animated feature to be produced by Walt Disney, and the first American animated feature film in movie history.

Walt Disney's Snow White premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater on December 21, 1937, and the film was released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on February 4, 1938. The story was adapted by storyboard artists Dorothy Ann Blank, Richard Creedon, Merrill De Maris, Otto Englander, Earl Hurd, Dick Rickard, Ted Sears and Webb Smith from the German fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. David Hand was the supervising director, while William Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, and Ben Sharpsteen directed the film's individual sequences.

Snow White was one of only two animated films to rank in the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest American films of all time in 1997 (the other being Disney's Fantasia), ranking number 49. It achieved a higher ranking (#34) in the list's 2007 update, this time being the only traditionally animated film on the list. The following year AFI would name the film as the the greatest animated film of all time

In 1989, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was added to the United States National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Category: The 20th Century

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