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Snow White

Snow White

Walt Disney's Snow White[1]
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Snow White

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Adriana Caselotti

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 Princess Glory[2] and Snow White by Grim Natwick

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 Betty Boop and Snow White

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 Rachel Zegler and Jasmine Rogers

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 (Snow White and Betty Boop character impersonators.)

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 (Grim Natwick's girls.)

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 (Betty Boop as Cinderella and Snow White both dressed in rags.)

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 (Did you know that Betty Boop wore heels with bows in earlier Boop cartoons and posters?)

Snow White is a Walt Disney Studios cartoon character, best known today as a Disney princess. She was iconically voiced by Adriana Caselotti, Mary Kay Bergman and Russi Taylor.

Snow White is a cute teenage girl who was bestowed with an exquisite and captivating beauty that makes her the fairest in the land. The expression "lips red as the rose, hair black as ebony, and skin white as snow" sums up her most striking traits, which include her red lips and cheeks, as well as the color of her skin and hair.

She is a rather petite woman with a flat chest, slim physique, and she is delicate, soft and sweet.

Walt Disney was reportedly inspired by the Fleischer Studios' 1933 animated short Betty Boop in Snow-White.[3] According to Grim Natwick who helped develop and animate Disney's character Snow White, development for the Walt Disney feature film started as of 1934.

Disney was so keen to have Natwick work on his projects after noticing his work on the early Boop cartoons. Natwick had a background in drawing and animating pretty women.

Natwick said, "Snow White was a major, major achievement, even by today's standards," and that "Snow White had to be almost a real character." He also noted that, "Most of the Mickey Mouse animators couldn't even draw Snow White."

Ben Sharpsteen changed some of Grim Natwick's drawings on the project. Natwick did not want to blackball Sharpsteen, so he said, "I said to Disney, I don't think you're getting MY animation." Natwick finished with, "Not once in the next four years that I was there did Walt Disney ever say a word to me about my animation."

In the more earlier concepts, Snow White looks more identical to Grim Natwick's creation Betty Boop. Boop was a popular character that appeared in Max Fleischer's cartoons. Earlier versions of Disney's Snow White had blonde, brown and red hair.

The Disney character "Cookie Queen" in the 1935 animated short Cookie Carnival, that was created and animated by Natwick for Walt Disney, was like a pre-Snow White.

Opera singer Adriana Caselotti[4] was the 150th applicant to audition for the role, and she won out of 150 girls. In 1983, Caselotti confirmed that to create Snow White's speaking voice, she imitated Boop's voice.[5]

Walt Disney and animators decided that they were not going to use the 1930s pie-eyed aesthetic, and went for a more realistic fairy tale look, but with a more 1930s vibe. Considering that she was created in 1934, Walt Disney intended Snow White to resemble a more innocent maiden. As a result of being conceived in 1934, the character has a mild flapper girl-type image.

Grim Natwick's earliest depictions of Snow White were more risqué, and she wore shorter gowns that revealed her legs. Walt Disney was not in favor of that and urged that they de-sexualize the character.

Betty Boop was the introduction, Marge Champion who was 14 at the time served as model for the character. White was inspired by Mary Pickford, who was once America's darling, much like she was for the doll Kiki. Janet Gaynor also partially served as inspiration.

Two of Betty Boop and Snow white's many visible visual similarities are their cropped black haircuts and their vocals, which are blatantly high-pitched and dulcet. Their identical characteristics, actions, and presentation of exaggerated, idealized women from the 1930s are what set them apart most.

For the Fleischer Studios, Grim Natwick assisted with the creation and animation of a Gulliver's Travels[6] character named "Princess Glory" that borrowed characteristics from Disney's character Snow White. The Fleischer's character Princess Glory of Lilliput is almost similar to Snow White and Prince David of Blefuscu to Prince Florian aka Ferdinand.

In 1988 Snow White made a cameo appearance in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Adriana Caselotti did not reprise her role as Snow White again, therefore Snow White stayed mute. Mae Questel who was briefly replaced by Mary Healey, was retired and battling dementia at the time, however Questel returned to voice Betty Boop.

The Walt Disney Company in 1989 sued the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over a "Snow White" Oscars skit by Allan Carr, charging copyright infringement of its Snow White character and unfair competition.[7] With Rob Lowe, upcoming actress Eileen Bowman debuted as a unlicensed Snow White who acted and sang like Betty Boop. The character annoyed A-list stars Sigourney Weaver and Tom Hanks.

Carr never again worked as a producer in Hollywood. It took ten years for Lowe's reputation to recover. Without warning, Bowman was made to sign a gagging order regarding her experience and she disappeared from the entertainment industry into thin air.

An animated Snow White dressed akin to Disney's character Cinderella hosted a segment in 1993 at the 65th Academy Awards.

Adriana Caselotti recorded her vocals and lines as Snow White for the Awards Show. However, Jeffrey Katzenberg took a bold but controversial step by having Mary Kay Bergman, who played Caselotti's vocal duplicate, re-record the lines. The Walt Disney Company was also instructed to revise Snow White's design by him.

Caselotti became irate upon viewing the show, and confused Disney enthusiasts began to voice their grievances. Mary Kay Bergman apologized, and said that she considered Adriana Caselotti to be the "definitive" voice of Snow White.

Bergman quoted, "Adriana created the most cherished character in animation history, period." She went on to say, "I feel a deep responsibility to keep the character as true to the work of Adriana Caselotti as possible." She finished with, "That was one of my most uncomfortable times in my entire career. And I'm sure Adriana Caselotti was livid, and I don't blame her."

Prior to Bergman's death she said that she was just the voice of Snow White. She said, "Snow White will be Snow White forever in a day, Cinderella will be Cinderella forever when you can watch and re-watch that show over and over, that's the star so I really wouldn't want to blow that illusion."

Since then Snow White has appeared in numerous Disney spin-offs. During the 2000s and early 2010s, Disney updated and revamped the character.

Her hair bow has been shifted to the side of her head from its original center, giving her short black hair a wavy look. Her entire outfit is embroidered with several swirly designs; the garment has lost some length to let her shoes stand out more; her skirt has a more golden hue to it, and her white petticoat has changed to a light yellow tint.

In the 2015 Walt Disney cartoon Wish Upon a Coin, Snow White makes a brief cameo voiced by Russi Taylor, while humming and scrubbing the stairs she is splashed by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Taylor was best known as the voice of Minnie Mouse, and she also lent her voice to Jessica Rabbit in the early pilot for Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Most notably, her usually light skin tone has been closer to that of her original skin tone. The newer cartoon version Snow White in most Disney spin-off franchises became no longer "as white as snow" as originally described. In most comics, animations her skin tone was more peach or pink akin to Caucasians.

Colombian-American singer and actress Rachel Zegler is a more modernized 2020s Snow White. The classic bow in her hair, said to be a girl-boss cliché, is lacking from her appearance. Unfortunately, Zegler has encountered a lot of negative feedback by individuals on social media since being cast.

Social justice activists teased her for having brown complexion and voicing her own opinions. Zegler described how she gave a more contemporary interpretation of Snow White. Outrage ensued when she stated that in her adaptation, she wouldn't require the prince's rescue.

Nevertheless, that didn't deter Zegler, she united with Jasmine Amy Rogers the new Black Betty Boop, and Zegler said that she won't participate in meaningless nonsensical discourse.

As of 2024, an incident and controversy involved the firing of Snow White character impersonator "Sophia Dottir" from Disneyland due to her violation of Disney's character integrity policies. Dottir met Rachel Zegler pre-fame, and said the hate she gets is unwarranted. She noted that she found out that both Zegler and Olivia Rodrigo were both battling for the role of Snow White.

Dottir's dismissal was controversial because she was a popular Snow White at the amusement park, and her alleged crime by Disneyland was merely taking publicity photos of herself. Universal Studios has a somewhat laxer policy for "Betty Boop impersonators," although it is fairly comparable.

Quotes

  • Snow White: "Someday my prince, someday we'll meet again!" (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs)
  • Snow White: "And away to his castle we'll go, we'll be happy forever I know!" (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs)
  • Snow White: "Oh-oh-ha-ha! With a smile and a song, life is just, like a bright sunny day!" (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs)
  • Snow White: "And YOU must be GRUMPY!" (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs)
  • Snow White: "Goodbye, bye Grumpy. ♥ Bye!" (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs)
  • Snow White: "Aww, Dopey." (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs)
  • Snow White: "Oh, now let's see how jolly you can be." (Disney's Princess Christmas)
  • Snow White: "Now Grumpy, I know there must be some jolly in you somewhere?" (Disney's Princess Christmas)

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Trivia

  • Snow White has great chemistry with Grumpy the dwarf, even though he's grumpy.
  • The only thing that differs Betty Boop is that the original Betty was a redhead. Another is that Boop is risqué in comparison to Snow White being depicted as a pure maiden.
  • After filing a lawsuit against Walt Disney Studios, Adriana Caselotti was briefly placed on Hollywood's blacklist.[8]
  • There were scenes from Who Framed Roger Rabbit that were cut or eliminated, whereby Snow White and Betty Boop were standing more closer together. Snow White does however stand behind Betty in the official poster.
  • Snow White may have worn unique or original heels with bows, but Betty Boop was the first to wear shoes similar to those.
  • Together with Melissa Disney, Carolyn Gardner (a distant relative of Walt Disney) assumed the role of Snow White. Gardner's post has been repeatedly filled after her retirement. The more recent voices are that of Pamela Ribon, (the new official voice of Snow White), Elyse Willis, Russi Taylor Allwine, Kat Cressida and Natalie Babbitt Taylor. Instead of hiring the new official voice of Snow White, Ribon wrote herself into the character in Ralph Breaks the Internet because she wrote the screenplay.
  • Osamu Tezuka utilized Betty Boop and Snow White as inspiration for Princess Sapphire's character design in his anime TV series Princess Knight.

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