Disney’s Most Important Movie Is Changing On Disney+

By Sckylar Gibby-Brown | Updated

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It’s been 100 years since the Disney brothers, Walt and Roy, decided to pave the way for a new kind of animation by opening up Walt Disney Productions. To celebrate the centennial, Disney is pulling out all the stops, including releasing a brand new version of the studio’s most important movie. According to Variety, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is set to shine in all its glory with a 4K restoration, coming to Disney+ on October 16th. 

The eagerly awaited release aligns perfectly with the Walt Disney Company’s 100-year anniversary since it was on October 16, 1923, that Walt Disney created his company when he signed a contract with M.J. Winkler to produce a series of comedies around the titular character from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first-ever full-length cel-animated feature film.

That means that this updated 4K version of Snow White is not just a momentous occasion for fans of the classic fairy tale, but for film history enthusiasts as well.

This stunning 4K version of Snow White is a labor of love brought to life by the dedicated efforts of the Walt Disney Studios Restoration and Preservation team, working closely with key artists from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The team, known for their meticulous craftsmanship, recently joined forces to restore the 1950 classic Cinderella.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The restoration process involved a meticulous examination of the original negative, using cutting-edge technology to ensure that the film’s iconic visuals are presented in their full glory. Disney enthusiasts can expect the updated version of Snow White to look spectacular with vibrant colors and crisp details, while maintaining the charm of the original artwork.

Eric Goldberg, head of hand-drawn animation for Disney Animation and a renowned animator/director, expressed his excitement about the restoration of one of the most important films in history, stating that the project was both “an honor and a challenge.”

The 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is getting a 4K restoration to be released on Disney+ on October 16, Disney’s 100th anniversary.

Disney’s Snow White was the first-ever full-length cel-animated feature film. It marked a significant milestone in the history of animation and filmmaking, as it was the first animated film to be produced by Walt Disney Productions (now known as Walt Disney Animation Studios) and the first to run at feature-length, meaning it was a full-length movie rather than a short film or a series of shorts compiled together, like previous animated stories. 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Snow White’s release in 1937 revolutionized the animation industry and paved the way for the creation of numerous classic animated feature films that followed. Because of its legacy, Goldberg said, “Mike Giaimo and I felt we owed a debt to history to get it looking as beautiful, and as accurate to the original colors, as we could… I hope our work inspires future generations of animation artists to fully appreciate the masterful talent and care that has gone into this landmark film.”

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a groundbreaking film that received special recognition from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences with an honorary Oscar, presented to Walt Disney by the iconic Shirley Temple.

A live-action version of Snow White is set for a theatrical release on May 22, 2024.

To this day, it remains the highest-ranked animated feature on the American Film Institute’s “100 Years…100 Movies” list. Furthermore, the film was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989, marking the registry’s inaugural year.

As we eagerly await the arrival of the restored 4K version of Snow White on Disney+, it’s clear that this film’s legacy continues to shine brightly, captivating new generations of audiences and reminding us all of the enduring magic of Disney. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a true masterpiece in all its glory when it arrives on Disney+ on October 16th, celebrating a century of Disney’s enchantment and storytelling.