Monday, 26 March 2012

...Other Names for the 7 Dwarfs.

Nifty, Snappy, Awful, Sniffy, Woeful, Dizzy, and Baldy. Those could have been the 7 brave dwarfs that helped a poor white girl hide from her ultamite doom. These were some of the names that Disney executives came up with in 1937 for their new moving picture show Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Oh! The woe-manity!
What's funny to me is that these professional gentlemen all sat around at a meeting table, smoking cigarettes, and discussed each name and their merits, how easy they'd be to draw (not sure what Doleful looks like), and how easy they roll off the tounge. Some of my favourites: Biggo-Ego, Burpy, Hickey, Jaunty, Neurtsy, Shorty, Sneezy-Wheezy, Strutty, and Wistful. You can see the whole list here.

All those for 'Juanty' say aye...
Snow White was popularized by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. It wasn't until 100 years later when adaptd for Broadway did the dwarfs get any names. They were: Blick, Flick, Glick, Snick, Plick, Whick, and Quee. Disney's version was the very first full length animated feature ever produced and gave the dwarfs the names we are familiar with. It was also Disney's first full length movie and is the only traditional animated movie to be on the American Film Institute's Top 100 Movies of All Time list at #34 (Toy Story is the only other animated film at #99).

Not the Snow White I remember

And that is what I learned today.

-Wellington Wheat beer tastes like crap.

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