Amidst Live-Action “Snow White” Controversies, Original Film Resurfaces In the Best of Ways

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Although the list of Disney’s line-up of live-action films continues to grow and grow, they’ve yet to be culturally successful as guests almost always prefer the original.

The Lion King (2019) continues to be the most financially successful animated film ever, but it’s widely regarded as one of the Walt Disney Company’s worst reimagined films.

The Little Mermaid (2023) was moderately successful, even breaking a record during its brief stint in theaters. However, Halle Bailey’s dazzling performance still wasn’t enough to overthrow the original film, despite Disney’s best efforts.

In short, the mere concept of a live-action Snow White film was a risk from the start.

A Live-Action Remake of Snow White Was Doomed From the Beginning…

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Although the original film may be outdated from a modern audience’s point of view, it cannot be denied that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) is more than a movie, it’s a cultural touchstone. Not only is the original film Disney’s first animated feature film, but it was also the first full-length traditionally animated film ever!

Whether audiences still enjoy the original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or not, we can’t deny the fact that this movie was the blueprint, paving the way for all of animation as we know it, let alone Disney animation! After all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs put Walt Disney on the map.

So, when the remake’s controversies began, it was an even worse sign.

However, Lead Actress Takes Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back…

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Although the remake has been the center of multiple controversies, the most significant and most recent controversy comes from some comments the lead actress recently made.

Rachel Zegler, who starred in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (2021), recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly and during a recent D23 Expo.

During both of these interviews, what stood out the most about Rachel Zegler was how much distaste she seemed to hold for the original film. Not only did the lead actress playfully mock the original, but she also blatantly denounced it.

Fans Aren’t Always Right…But This Time, They Definitely Were…

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Fans were immediately offended, and with good reason! It’s never a good sign when the lead performer in a remake holds anything but respect and love for the original media, especially when the original is as culturally significant as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

So, it comes as no surprise to hear that the original film has begun resurfacing, and in the best of ways.

Recently, a piece of animation history was brought to life in the form of an original program from the world premiere of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

This Is More Than a Collectible, This Is History!

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As if this artifact couldn’t get any better, this program proudly displays the signature of Walt Disney himself!

The original Snow White film debuted on December 21, 1937, over eighty years ago. The film received a standing ovation, and Walt Disney received a wholly unique Oscar accompanied by seven miniature Oscars.

This signed program isn’t just a piece of history; it’s a sign of Walt Disney’s timeless genius, determination, and spirit. The artifact goes on sale via auction on August 31, and while we can’t say for sure how much it will sell for, we know that this is a sign of Snow White‘s resounding success.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.