Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

In the 1937 animated movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, how many of the dwarfs' names end with the letter Y?

And the answer: Five.

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The five dwarfs whose names end in Y are Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, and Sneezy. The other two? They are Bashful and Doc.

At the time of its release in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was revolutionary. Walt Disney's name circulated with respect in the film industry, yet at the time had little more to its name than handfuls of short, animated cartoons. Disney, with commitment to a gamble that might end his career, presented an idea: creation of a full-length animated feature film starring seven little dwarfs. Apparently inspired by the 1917 silent film of the fable, Disney responded to the wariness for his project (nicknamed preemptively "Disney's Folly") by investing over a million dollars into its production.

Over the period of three years, Snow White came to life, bringing with it improvements to animation technology that changed the industry forever. Over 750 artists completed more than 2 million sketches for the animation, while the finished film included some 250,000 drawings. Further, Disney tasked his team with creating the multiplane camera, a device capable of shooting several images at once in order to create more depth (and imagination) in the artists' drawings.

The end result was spectacular. Upon its release to the public in 1938, the film quickly grossed $8 million, a substantial sum during the Great Depression and the most made by any film up to that time. Critics were virtually unanimous in their fervor for Snow White. Charlie Chaplin, who attended the Hollywood premiere, told the Los Angeles Times that the film "even surpassed our high expectations."

Regardless of technological innovation, Snow White remains a well-loved classic in American film. Watch the iconic song "Smile and a Song" below.



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