A gorgeous collection of colour prints and facsimiles of original drawings from the eponymous film, which was released in 1937 and instantly established Walt Disney as one of the world’s most innovative and creative film-makers. Along with Pinocchio (1940), it is widely considered to be Disney’s greatest film achievement.
‘Walt Disney was already a respected name in the film business when he undertook his biggest gamble to date: to produce the first full-length animated feature film from an American studio. Disney had been determined to bring the legend of Snow White to the screen ever since he saw a silent-film version of the famed fable in 1917. Literally hundreds of technicians laboured on the expensive production to the extent that it became known as “Disney’s Folly.” Upon its release, however, the film was an immediate box-office sensation and earned praise from no less than the groundbreaking Russian director Sergey Eisenstein, who called it the greatest movie ever made. In 1939 the film was honoured with a special Academy Award, recognizing it as a “significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture.” Indeed, the superb animation, voiceover work, and production values set the standard for all future Disney animated films. Furthermore, this version of the classic tale—which provided names for the dwarfs and introduced other key components to the story—has now virtually superseded all others in the popular imagination.’ Encyclopaedia Britannica
First edition, 4to., (292 x 233mm), 12 tipped-in colour plates, tissue-guards, numerous illustrations, very minor spotting to endpapers, otherwise near-fine, publisher’s printed cloth, pictorial dust-jacket, not price-clipped, light dust-soiling, a few chips to upper edge and corners, otherwise very good.
Stock ID: 98056