The Disney live-action rumors keep on coming, as we learn more about the upcoming Snow White remake. Rather than seven dwarfs, Snow White will be saved by seven bandits, one of whom replaces the prince as her love interest, per Twitter insider My Time to Shine Hello.
Isn’t the Original Film Called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?
The original animated version is indeed titled Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. However, there has been a lot of criticism over the use of the word “dwarf” as the meaning has become derogatory towards those who experience dwarfism and who prefer to be called “little people” (according to the Little People of America website).
Peter Dinklage previously (Game of Thrones, Thor: Love and Thunder) criticized what he saw as the “hypocrisy” of Disney for “making a film about seven dwarfs living together” while being openly proud of their casting of a Latina actress, Rachel Zegler (Shazam! Fury of the Gods, West Side Story) to play the eponymous role of Snow White.
After Dinklage made those comments, a Disney spokesperson revealed that the film was taking a different approach from the seven dwarf characters in the original film for the upcoming remake, by replacing the classic seven dwarf characters and the film being retitled simply Snow White. It looks like the seven dwarfs have now been replaced by bandits, with not all of them having dwarfism. Also, actor Martin Klebba (Jurassic World; Pacific Rim: The Black) has been confirmed as playing the iconic Grumpy.
And the prince?
The prince, voiced in the original by Harry Stockwell, will not make an appearance, according to the new rumors from My Time to Shine. Instead, Snow White will fall for one of the seven bandits. Previous rumors suggested that Andrew Burnap’s (Under the Banner of Heaven) character Jonathan would replace the prince, and these now seem to be confirmed. Which of the dwarfs will be replaced by Jonathan is unknown. Hopefully, it’ll be Doc. Does anyone like Doc?
It does seem strange that Disney would replace one of their dwarfs, though. In the original story written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the dwarfs have no names. Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey, and Doc are all inventions of Disney, and it would be a shame for the remake to replace one of them.
The Start of a Legacy
The animated Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a classic produced by Walt Disney Productions (now known as Walt Disney Animation Studios) and released by RKO Radio Pictures in 1937. It was the first full-length cel-animated feature in the history of cinema and is widely regarded as a pioneering and influential work in the animation industry.
The story is based on the German fairy tale Schneewittchen (“Little Snow White”) collected by the Brothers Grimm. It tells the tale of a young princess named Snow White, who is mistreated by her jealous and wicked stepmother, the Evil Queen. The Queen becomes envious of Snow White’s beauty and orders a huntsman to kill her in the woods. However, the huntsman cannot bring himself to do it and tells Snow White to flee.
Lost and frightened in the forest, Snow White comes across a cottage inhabited by seven dwarfs: Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey. She befriends them and they allow her to stay with them. Meanwhile, the Evil Queen discovers that Snow White is still alive and concocts various schemes to eliminate her, including the famous poisoned apple.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a major success for Disney and is credited with establishing the studio as a leader in the animation industry. It received critical acclaim and was a commercial hit. The film’s groundbreaking animation techniques, memorable characters, and engaging storyline set the standard for future animated films.
The movie’s success also led to the creation of Disney’s first theme park, Disneyland, and a wide range of merchandise and adaptations in various forms of media. It remains a beloved classic and an integral part of Disney’s legacy.
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