50 things you might not know about your favorite Disney films, 1937-1953 edition (51 items)

By , Deseret News

June 3, 2014

Here are 50 things you might not know about eight of the most well-known early full-length animated feature films produced by Disney — "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Pinocchio," "Fantasia," "Dumbo," "Bambi," "Cinderella," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Peter Pan."

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1 of 51. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was the world's first full-length animated feature, and 4 1/2 years of work went into making a picture that nobody believed would succeed. It was called, "Disney's folly.

The film went on to become a smash hit, and laid the foundation for what has grown into a Disney empire.

Video: Watch a 1937 trailer for the film here, and a trailer for a re-release of the film below.

2 of 51. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

When money for "Snow White" began to run out, the studio brought in an executive from the Bank of America and tried to persuade him to give them more money by showing him the pencil tests of the film. In parts where the animation hadn't been completed, still pictures and sketches were presented, and Walt Disney filled in the story blanks with songs and explanations.

The banker, according to stories, watched the whole presentation impassively and didn't say anything as Disney walked him to his car. As he was getting into the car to leave, though, the bank executive said, "Oh, by the way, that thing is going to make you a pile of money."

Disney got the check.

3 of 51.

The Great Depression helped turn Disney into what it has become. Because it was the only studio hiring during the Great Depression, artists naturally flocked to Disney, giving the studio its pick of the country's best animators.

4 of 51. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

It was a rush to the finish for "Snow White" — the film was completed 2 ½ weeks before its premiere and the studio didn't have the time or money to roll out a full advertising campaign. Instead, according to art director Ken Anderson, everyone in the studio got little placards advertising the film and blanketed the town, tacking them to telephone poles.

5 of 51. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Walt Disney hadn't settled on the names of the dwarfs within a year of the film's release date — names like Jumpy, Baldy, Wheezy, Awful and Deafy were considered and rejected before the studio settled on Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy, Bashful and Doc.

Clip: See Snow White's first meeting with the dwarfs
1. Flowergirl
Dewey, AZ,
June 4, 2014

I find number 25 interesting--the new animators not believing the old animators were not on drugs when they thought up the pink elephant sequence. It shows the world that drugs are not the answer to creativity. We can be creative by just using the minds God gave us.

2. news.john2
Orem, UT,
June 4, 2014

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a baby raccoon? Well if you own the VHS copy of Bambi, and maybe the first DVD, you will know. Near the end of the movie where the animals are coming to the shore of the island to escape the fire, you will see a mother raccoon licking her baby. One the third or fourth lick the baby raccoon disappears. They fixed it in later releases.

3. colleen peters
Portage, MI,
June 4, 2014

Interesting all credits were given except for the guy singing the song. Not Jimminy Cricket but old vaudeville "Ukelele (sp?) Ike" or Cliff Edwards in real life.