Castro Theatre is ringing in the new year with the digital restoration of the Disney classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I was probably a teenager the last time I saw it, & I was thoroughly entertained seeing it again. I hadn't realized the movie's songs are practically wall-to-wall. The movement of the characters is unusually captivating, & the witch is damn evil even by modern standards. Having just seen the Disney Museum's exhibit about the making of Snow White, I could recognize how Show White's small facial features & flirtatiousness were modeled after Betty Boop. The filmmakers were smart to reduce the prince's role to a cameo, after they realized they could not animate him convincingly.
I was glad to see several children at the evening show I attended, but it was the adults that were restless. A woman in my row left & came back twice during the movie. I heard people sniffling when Show White died. The organist played a medley of Disney tunes before the movie, though the inclusion of "It's a Small World" was a misuse of the mighty Wurlitzer.
§ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
75th Anniversary Restoration!
1937, 83 min, DCP
Tuesday January 1-Sunday January 6