December 21st will mark the 70th anniversary of the premier of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Carthay Circle Theater in Hollywood, CA. It was the first feature length full color animated film and, to my mind at least, still represents the artform at the top of its game.
Right now residents and visitors to Southern California have the unique opportunity to view two exhibits of rare artwork from the production of Walt Disney’s classic film. The Animation building at California Adventure is currently hosting an one of the exhibits that our Ken Pellman covered previously on LaughingPlace.com. Rehallag at the Arendale Station blog has some photos detailing the exhibit for those of us who can’t make it (with promises of more to come).
While you’re in town you might also want to stop by the Great American Ink gallery to view more art from the film. They’ve also placed a video online that looks "Behind the Scenes of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
Their full press release is below the cut:
Disney’s First Full-Length Animated Feature, Snow White and the Seven
Los Angeles, CA (December 13, 2007) — Great American Ink has
produced a video, “Behind the Scenes of Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs,” which highlights the making and release of Disney’s first
full-length feature film. This memorable event is featured in this
exclusive, historic video available for viewing online for free at
or call 1-800-552-2847 to receive a complimentary DVD.
It was December 21, 1937 at Carthay Circle Theatre, attracting
Hollywood’s biggest celebrities including Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland,
Shirley Temple, John Barrymore, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.
Mingling with the stars were the anonymous makers of the film whom Walt
Disney had given tickets. There was great anticipation to see how the
audience would react. Animator Ward Kimball remembers the evening, “We
weren’t prepared for the crying and sniffling in the audience.”
Snow White was an immediate hit becoming the most successful movie
released that year. It remains one of the greatest animated features of
all time. This film was a significant screen innovation charming millions
and pioneering a new field in entertainment.
For this extraordinary accomplishment, Disney won an honorary Academy
Award presented to him by Shirley Temple at the 1938 Academy Awards
ceremony. The Award was not just a single Oscar statue, but eight – one
full-size and seven little ones – all on the same stand.
Great American Ink, a Los Angeles-based vintage and contemporary
animation art gallery, is also hosting a complimentary online exhibition
of original production art from this groundbreaking film. Visitors can
see this exhibit at
or call 1-800-552-2847 for more information.
About the Gallery: Great American Ink, the world’s premier gallery for
vintage animation art, offers pre-production concept drawings,
storyboards, production drawings, and cels, featuring characters from
Disney, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Simpsons, DC Comics, Peanuts, Betty
Boop and more.