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News-Antique.com - Sep 30,2011 - The movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was the world’s first full-length animated feature. If you’re young at heart the movie is as fresh and touching today as when it was released in 1937.
That’s what makes it a classic.
Walt Disney took a chance on the film. He knew on some level it was possible to create animated characters that had the same range of feelings as real people. He was also sure animation could be artistically pleasing at the same time.
Cartoon as art form was Walt’s go for with Snow White. The age-old tale of good over evil never seems to lose its luster.
“Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation,” Walt said.
In the spring of 1935 Disney hired 300 artists to give it a shot. They studied and watched films constantly. Animation had a lot to learn from other disciplines and technical mastery meant everything to Walt.
“We want to imagine it (the film) as rich as we can without splashing color all over the place,” he said.
In the end the movie Snow White was a tightly constructed story with strong, believable characters, good music and a happy ending.
With Snow White animation became art form.
On March 14-15, Profiles in History in Calabasas, Calif., featured a selection of original Snow White cels for sale in its Hollywood auction.
A hand painted cel of the Evil Queen holding the heart box; 1959; 8 ¼ inches by 10 ¾ inches; sold for $23,600.
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