FiveSix ProductionsFIVESIX Productions

On This Day in History

On February 4th, 1938, Walt Disney released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the general public (the Hollywood premier was the previous December). The film was the first feature-length animated film that was released in English and Technicolor. Despite many naysayers (including Disney's own wife), Walt Disney borrowed nearly $1.5M to produce the feature. Critics loved the film, and it went on to do $8M in the box office, despite the ongoing economic depression. Many influential Hollywood figures, including Charlie Chaplin, Federico Fellini, and Orson Welles had high praise and even claimed to have taken much inspiration from the film. This film spurred many more classic, animated Disney films, and started a trend of fantasy/happy ending films Disney would come to be known for. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was listed as the No. 1 animated movie of all time on The American Film Institute's listings of “America’s 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres.” So, there you go. Fun with history.