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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Video of the Day: Disney's Big Gamble, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 8:30 AM

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, for all its legendary impact and influence, was an enormous gamble on the part of Walt Disney. His Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony cartoon shorts had been successful, but producing a feature was another venture entirely. The Hollywood press saw Snow White as a quixotic risk, and Disney also had to contend with objections from his brother and business partner, Roy, and even his wife, Lillian, who advised that the feature threatened to ruin Walt's studio. And not only the studio: Walt mortgaged his own house to contribute to the film's eventual budget of $1.5 million. But, as was often the case, Walt's vision and acumen proved more than sufficient to produce a groundbreaking blockbuster. 

Snow White was a meticulous production, with Walt and his dedicated animators developing new methods in cartoon technology to mount the ambitious project. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic" tells the definitive story of the making of the film. The show includes dozens of pieces of original artwork -- preliminary sketches, concept drawings, background paintings, animation cels, and more, much of which has never been on public view before. Come experience the complex technical achievement and cultural landmark that is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

"Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic" starts Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. (and runs through April 14) at The Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery (at Lincoln, in the Presidio), S.F. Admission is $15-$25 Follow SF Weekly's Exhibitionist blog at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.

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