Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The staggering amount of animated content which fills our screens these days all can trace their family tree back to the first feature length animated film, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Its popularity and profitability ensured a steady stream of films to follow and a future full of Disney’s dreams. A princess forced to clean and serve by a wicked stepmother is a heroine any crowd will quickly support. Seldom would we find the most beautiful girl in all the land doing anything less than exactly what she wants. In what can only be a testament to her dedication to personal hygiene, this abrasive lifestyle full of medieval cleaning problems and equally terrible solutions did not reduce her beauty in any measurable way. This commitment to preserving her natural beauty first gets her into more hazardous predicaments, but continually facilitates her escapes as well.

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

The group of miners living peacefully in the forest whose lives are disrupted by the Queen’s exile of Snow White are not without fault. They clearly do not share Snow White’s commitment to cleanliness and personal hygiene. She is so dismissive of their cleaning efforts when left to their own devices that she is confident to have found a conclave of unchaperoned children. Audiences have generally sided with Snow White on this matter, but it should be noted that working in the mines all day left little energy or motivation for the men to clean often or thoroughly. Those pointing to the consistently inflamed noses of the dwarfs as a sign of irritation should consider that they did not appreciably improve after Snow White’s cleaning regimen was implemented.

The lessons of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs viewed as a judgment of the benefits of good personal hygiene is a convincing one. Snow White is dedicated to maintaining her beauty through filthy work environments and unsanitary roommates, and is rewarded by unending devotion from those who see her. Children today would only need to bring away a fraction of her inspiration combined with today’s advanced cleaning methods to ensure a lifetime of healthy cleanliness. You can watch Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Digital HD January 19th, and on Blu-ray February 2nd.

  • Blu-ray & Digital Bonus Features:
    • In Walt’s Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – For the first time ever, hear Walt himself talk about Snow White.
    • Iconography: Explore how this film influences pop culture, art, and fashion.
    • @DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess – Modern day Disney artists discuss the design of Snow White and how it influenced the look of some of your favorite Disney characters.
    • The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Facts You May Now Know About Snow White – Disney Channel star Sofia Carson reveals seven intriguing facts about Snow White.
    • Snow White in Seventy Seconds: Rap along with this hip reimagining of the story.
    • Alternate Sequence: The Prince Meets Snow White – A never–before-seen story board sequence where the Prince meets Snow White.