WALT DISNEYâ€™S ANIMATED CLASSIC â€œSNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFSâ€ CELEBRATES ITS 75THÂ ANNIVERSARY WITH A SPECIAL SCREENING AT THE NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
Walt Disneyâ€™s 1937 animated masterpiece, â€œSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs,â€ will mark its 75thÂ anniversary with a state-of-the-art digital presentation at the New York Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the prestigious Lincoln Centerâ€™s Alice Tully Hall. The film will be introduced by acclaimed animator/director/historian Eric Goldberg, who served as supervisor of the Genie character in â€œAladdin,â€ co-directed of â€œPocahontasâ€ and counts â€œFantasia 2000â€ among his credits. Festival attendees will also get a sneak peek at Walt Disney Animation Studiosâ€™ newest animated short â€œPaperman,â€ an innovative new animated film that combines the best of both the CG and hand-drawn worlds. â€œPaperman,â€ directed by John Kahrs and produced by Kristina Reed (and utilizing Goldbergâ€™s animation talents), will open in theaters in November with the hilarious arcade-game-hopping adventure â€œWreck-It Ralph.â€
â€œItâ€™s an honor to be introducing â€˜Snow Whiteâ€™ at this yearâ€™s New York Film Festival, marking the filmâ€™s 75th anniversary,â€ said Goldberg. â€œWalt used to refer to â€˜Snow Whiteâ€™ as â€˜the one that started it all,â€™ and he was right. The storytelling, the emotions, the cinematics and the comedy are all so true and so powerful, itâ€™s astonishing to think this assured piece of filmmaking was the studioâ€™s first feature effort. Anyone who is working or has worked in the animation medium owes â€˜Snow Whiteâ€™ a huge debt, as it never ceases to inspire us. Walt and his team created something that is timeless: it isnâ€™t a question of whether â€˜Snow Whiteâ€™ is lacking in surround sound, computer graphics or stereoscopic 3D, itâ€™s whether todayâ€™s films can measure up to â€˜Snow White.â€™â€
â€œSnow White and the Seven Dwarfsâ€ premiered on December 21, 1937 at the Carthay Circle Theater in Hollywood, and was the first animated feature film produced by Hollywood. More than 750 artists worked on the film, which took three years to produce. The film received a special Academy AwardÂ® in 1939, consisting of one full-size OscarÂ® and seven dwarf Oscars, presented to Walt Disney by Shirley Temple. The film became the highest-grossing motion picture up until that time, and held that distinction for two more years (until it was surpassed in 1939 by MGMâ€™s â€œGone with the Windâ€).
â€œSnow White and the Seven Dwarfsâ€ was the culmination of Walt Disneyâ€™s dream to make a full-length animated feature. He had seen a silent version of â€œSnow White,â€ starring Marguerite Chapman in 1917 (when he was just 15 years old), and the story made a tremendous impression on him.
Just as â€œSnow Whiteâ€ pushed the boundaries of the medium, the newest Disney short â€œPapermanâ€ introduces a ground-breaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques to tell the tale of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, â€œPapermanâ€ pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.