“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was the very first feature-length animated film, and is deservedly hailed today as a classic of animation. A beloved fairy tale… the ultimate example of a “Classic Disney” movie.
At the time of its production, however, it was an incredibly bold risk. The very notion that audiences would respond to a full, movie length cartoon was considered laughable. Atop of which, the considerable expense of producing such a feature spiraled far beyond initial estimates. “Snow White” turned into a daring business venture that gambled the very future of Walt Disney Studios.
But what was derided in the press at the time as “Disney’s Folly” would turn out to be a cornerstone not only for Walt Disney Studios, but also for animated films, as well.