Sunday, August 28, 2011

Musical Countdown #65: 'Snow White'

The movie blog Wonders in the Dark is counting down its 70 favorite musicals, with guest bloggers providing the articles.

Posted today is #65, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," by yours truly, Classicfilmboy. You can read the full article here. You can leave comments either on the article or on my blog, as I am replying in both places.

9 comments:

  1. I commented on the article but am commenting here, too, just to say - WOW!

    Brian, your piece on "Snow White" has got to be one of your best.

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  2. Thank you! I truly appreciate your praise, as I am a big admirer of your work.

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  3. Brian, with your own phrase you described both your article and Disney's lasting magic -- "...the joy was in the journey." What a fascinating piece about the whole Disney journey from primitive beginning to unmatchable legend. I agree completely that the Disney storybook look of animation is superior to the slick computer generated films of today. Not that I don't laugh as much as anybody at "Shrek" and "Toy Story" -- but the animation magic is not there. Personally, I felt this was never more evident than in the 2000 Fantasia sequel. Amidst all of the sleek CG stuff (only one of which I really liked, the Gershwin number), suddenly there was Mickey and The Sorcerer's Apprentice. That was real, human-drawn art with personality. Frankly I thought they made a mistake putting that in with the new ... to me it just pointed up strongly the superiority of the old style.

    I love Silly Symphonies, and I have always loved Snow White, my favorite of his films (besides Fantasia, which I always think of as a category all its own). The whole history of Disney as discussed by you was actually mostly new to me. Excellent article, Brian. Kudos!

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  4. Thank you! I am a Disney fanatic, and so this was a fun piece for me to write. I also love the Silly Symphonies, and if you haven't seen "Music Land," I strongly urge you to seek it out. "Snow White" is a fun, lovely little film. I think part of its charm is that it's one of his first, and if viewed with those Silly Symphonies of the 1930s, it fits in perfectly.

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  5. That was a fascinating read. I'm probably least familiar with Disney films, especially the shorts, than any other studio from Hollywood's Golden Age, so this was eye-opening reading, though some of it I remember from your class several summers ago. ("The Old Mill" just blew me away when you showed it).

    Snow White's song score can't be beat either, and for a first-time effort at creating a full-length animated feature for the first time, Disney really outdid himself.

    And while this is a series on musicals, I must add that the close-ups of the witch holding out the apple is one of the great sequences of the 1930s horror cinema.

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  6. Great article Brian. Thoroughly researched and fun to read.

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  7. Hi Kevin, I agree with you on your comments, especially the witch holding the apple. That's amazing.

    Thank you, Patrick!

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