(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises. In this edition: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs came out 80 years ago today, so let’s reflect on that.)
Many of the best stories from the Walt Disney Company revolve around a seemingly impossible gamble. (The same goes for newer, less exciting stories, like Disney buying Fox, as well.) It was a major gamble for Walt Disney to create a theme park that was both inspired by some of his films as well as a general sense of adventure, optimism, and futurism. But Disneyland Park has been a massive success for over 60 years, leading to other theme parks and resorts around the world. It was a major gamble for the Walt Disney Company to distribute a fully computer-animated film at a time when such technology was primarily used for brief effects in blockbusters or in TV commercials. But Toy Story was a huge success for Disney, and Pixar has become one of the most influential studios in Hollywood. The original gamble, famously known as Disney’s Folly, was in the same ballpark as Toy Story, yet even more daring at the time: making a feature-length hand-drawn animated film.
Today marks the 80th anniversary of that folly. Some of the oft-considered great films in American cinema did not initially get a warm reception from critics and audiences; movies like Citizen Kane and Vertigo only grew in prominence over time as opposed to being championed by the consensus upon their initial release. But Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has ridden a wave of love almost from the moment it premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles, California on December 21, 1937. It is arguably one of the five or six most influential films ever made — though it is not the first animated feature released anywhere in the world, it’s the first American-made animated feature — and was immediately praised as one of the greatest films ever by filmmakers and icons like Sergei Eisenstein and Charlie Chaplin. But what is the true mark of the influence that Snow White left behind? The state of animation is vastly different now than it was 80 years ago, in ways that are so tangled as to barely see Snow White’s cinematic footprint as being present.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Last week, we were pleased to debut a few posters that will be for sale at this year’s MondoCon, Mondo’s annual convention dedicated to pop culture art and collectibles. Now, more posters, pins, and soundtracks have been unveiled ahead of the con’s start this weekend, including art and more for Goodfellas, Justice League, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Samurai Jack, Hot Fuzz, Ratatouille, and Predator. Check them all out below!
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Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by Angie Han
This month, Beauty and the Beast joins Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book on the list of Disney animated features that have undergone live-action makeovers. And over the next few years, that list is only going to grow. It seems like every week brings a major update on yet another Disney fairy tale, and the studio’s already got several dates set aside for these projects through 2019. Let’s take a look at all the Disney live-action remakes in development right now. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
For their next live-action remake, Disney is digging way down deep into their vaults, all the way to their very first animated feature. That’s right, a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs movie is now in development. Erin Cressida Wilson (The Girl on the Train) is in talks to write the script and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land) are attached to write new music. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
Disney’s live-action fairy tales fall into a couple of different categories. There are the remakes, like Cinderella and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast, which might make a few changes to the story but mostly take their cues from the Disney animated classics that came before them. And then there are the reimaginings, like Maleficent, which put an entirely different spin on the familiar story by showing it through the eyes of an entirely different character.
The studio’s latest new fairy tale falls into the latter category, except that it strays even further than usual from the source material — it centers on a character who didn’t even exist in the original story. Disney has picked up Rose Red, which retcons an estranged sister into the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs story. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
A new batch of posters inspired by Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pixar’s Inside Out have been revealed and they gone on sale today. If you’re an animation fan, an appreciator of pop culture art, and currently have some blank walls in your home that could use a little color, you should take note. These prints are limited editions, so they won’t last forever. Here’s what you need to know.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Clearly Disney isn’t going to rest until every animated character in its stable has undergone a live-action remake. Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella have already been updated, and re-adaptations of Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio are already in the works.
As if all that weren’t enough, just last week Disney announced a Tinker Bell spinoff movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Which got us thinking — what other Disney supporting characters deserve a chance to step into the spotlight? Below are 10 Disney live-action spinoffs we’d love to see. Read More »
When Disney opens a new ride, it’s a big deal. It’s especially a big deal when the ride in question is a roller coaster based on one of Disney’s most famous and popular films. On Friday at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, the company held an opening dedication for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The ride has been under construction since 2011, and the public opening day is now announced for May 28.
Below, read more about the ride, see new photos, learn about the animatronics, watch the dedication ceremony and take a virtual ride via the magic of YouTube. Read More »
That’s a hashtag with 140 characters. Get it? There’s much more in this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below read about the following:
- Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage is coming to Disneyland.
- Check out a fan rendition of what a possible Star Wars overhaul to Disneyland would look like.
- An official teaser for Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille ride.
- Some new looks at the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs roller coaster at Walt Disney World.
- Universal Studios building new theme parks in Asia.
- DreamWorks is planning a Shrek attraction in London.
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A theme park dedicated solely to Jackie Chan? It’s in the works. Read about that, and the following, in this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- The first images of the Ratatouille ride at Disneyland Paris have been revealed.
- Disney World’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train had its first full test.
- The movie themed Italian theme park Cinecitta World is on scheduled to open next year.
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