Analysis Of The Film 'Snow White And The Seven Dwarves'

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To establish Disney as a lead film-maker, the company had to release a full length film. Their first film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, was released in 1937 and became the first feature length film to utilize traditional animation techniques. What made these six years the Golden Age (1937 – 1942) was not the success of the films, but rather the amount of influence these films had over the industry. Disney explored the method of showing a story through a non-human source with Bambi (1942), began taking popular literature and creating films acceptable for children with Pinocchio (1940), and established the now famed Disney Princesses with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) (Odyssey). Villains created during this time period were illustrated to appear how villains were expected to look, meaning that they were illustrated with hard lines and angles in contrast to the protagonist’s softer curves. They were more obvious. Rather than the rounder features of characters like Snow White and Dumbo, villains were made up of triangles and squares. As referenced in Daily Mail’s “Why baddies are always triangular and the good guys round: Mathematician reveals the hidden geometry of hit films”, Jack Nugent, the creator of Now You See It, states that “notice that the devil is commonly represents as a collection of triangles…But do it a little more subtly and you’re able to emit an emotional response to the viewer without them even noticing”. Techniques to invoke that “emotional
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