“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937)
The fairy tale begins like this: “Once upon a time . . . in a great castle, a Prince’s daughter grew up happy and contented, in spite of a jealous stepmother. She was very pretty, with blue eyes and long black hair. Her skin was delicate and fair, and so she was called Snow White.”
This tale is based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. They published the story in their 1812 edition of Grimms’ Fairy Tales as Tale 53.
Walt Disney’s rendition of the story features a few key elements from the original — the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the characters of the Evil Queen and the Seven Dwarfs.
Snow White is a lonely princess that lives with her evil stepmother, the Queen. The Queen is extremely vain and wicked, and is jealous of Snow White’s beauty. In fact, she asks her magic mirror every day: “Who is the fairest one of all?” The mirror would always say it was her until one day he said, “Snow White.” In a jealous rage, the Queen orders a Huntsman to kill Snow White in the woods. Once Snow White’s fated day arrives, the Huntsman cannot do it and lets her free. Snow White finds some friendly critters in the forest that guide her to a secret cottage where she meets the seven dwarfs.