Sunday, October 7, 2012

Snow White (Disney vs. Grimm)

The Brothers Grimm version of Snow White is very different from the Disney version in many ways. The Grimm version was very graphic and less romantic than the Disney version. For example, the evil Queen asks the Huntsman to bring back Snow White’s lungs and liver when he kills her so she can eat them. In Disney’s version she just asks the Huntsman to kill Snow White. Another difference is the way that Snow White awakens. In the Grimm version the prince sees her for the first time asleep and falls in love with her and asks the dwarfs to give him the coffin as a gift because he “can’t go on without seeing her face. On the way to his castle one of his men carrying the coffin stumbles and the piece of poison apple in Snow White’s throat is released and she wakes up. It is much more romantic in Disney’s version. In the Disney version, the prince comes back and finds Snow White asleep. He awakens her with true love’s first kiss.
Even though the versions were very different, they still had many similarities. In both versions the evil Queen relied on her magic mirror to tell her who was the fairest of them all. Also, in both versions the Queen gives Snow White a poison apple. The dwarfs then place her in a coffin and stay by her side.
There are a few reasons that Disney made the changes he did. One was that since the movie is for younger audiences, so he needed to take out the graphic parts. Also, Snow White came out during the Great Depression, a time when people needed hope, not sadness in their lives. Disney added the romantic and hopeful ending because it was exactly what the people of the Great Depression needed. 

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