AirTalk for December 28, 2012

The original Disney princess: 75th anniversary of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

A statue of Snow White and the Seven Dwa

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A statue of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Even at 75, the answer is still the original Disney princess, Snow White. In 1937, Walt Disney produced his first full length feature production, kicking off what would become the largest entertainment franchise in history.

While everyone knows Snow White and the lovable dwarfs, most people don’t know that Disney had the entire future of his career riding on the film’s success. Obviously, the gamble paid off. To celebrate, Disney created the Cathay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, a replica of the Carthay Circle Theater at which the film originally premiered 75 years ago.

What did the movie do for Disney and his company? What did it do to legitimize animation as a film genre? What do you love most about this historic and timeless film?

Guest:

Charles Solomon, film critic and animation historian for KPCC, author for amazon.com


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