The development of Snow White began early in 1934 during the depression, when Disney first announced it’s production. Snow White was a gamble for Disney, and it paid off, when It went for 8 million during it’s first initial release. Disney had to fight to get the film produced. Roy Disney and his wife Lillian tried to talk him out of it, referring to it as “Disney’s Folly,” thinking that this picture would destroy the company.
Walt Disney continued production on Snow White until mid 1937, when the studio ran out of money. In order to keep the film running, Disney Premiered Snow White at the Carthway Circle Theatre in Los Angeles on December 21st, 1937 and the audience loved it. Made in Technicolor, it was released in 1938 under a deal with RKO Radio Pictures, which lasted until 1953, when Disney established it’s own distribution company.
Snow White and the seven dwarves was the first full length cel animated feature in motion picture, using more than 1,500,000 individual pen and ink drawings. And watercolor paintings. They take a transparent sheet which they draw objects on giving hand-drawn animation. You draw on one side, and flip it over and paint on the other side. This is because it makes sure you don’t go over the black lines, you can restart that cell if you mess up, and using this technique you can get the thinner lines without having to worry about covering up small lines. Because of computer animation cell animation is no longer used today. Disney studio’s stopped using it in 1990 when computer animation came into view.
The 1930’s is considered to be the Golden Age of Hollywood. Snow White was the first full cel animated film and was a huge accomplishment for Disney, and was a risk for them. Snow White is the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics.At the 11th Academy Awards this film was awarded the honorary Oscar, and was nominated for the best musical score. After this Disney was more confident in their works and they created a lot of films during this time which is still popular today, including Snow White and the Seven Dwrafs.
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