The story is based in the Brothers Grimm version of the fairy tale Schneewittchen und die sieben Zwerge. Snowdrop was part of the first English translations; the first, illustrated volume is published in 1823 as German Popular Stories.
Disney’s film may have been inspired by a 1916 live-action US silent film. Its release is wisely timed to partake of Xmas magic for a star-studded audience at the Carthay Circle Theatre. Disney mortgaged his house to pay for the $1.5 million production; Hollywood referred to the project as ‘Disney’s Folly’; his wife said ‘No one’s ever gonna pay a dime to see a dwarf picture.’
Following the general release the following February 4, the film grossed $66 million — which was quite a lot of money in those days. By May it was the most successful film of all time.
Another first: its soundtrack album is the first ever released, as six songs on a set of three 78-rpm singles on RCA. Heigh Ho (The answer to the old question is: Doc, Grumpy, Sleepy, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey) ( Website )
See also: 1933 animated short
AllMusic calls it ‘one of the most important, influential electronic records ever released … it just sounds like the mainstream house produced during the next two decades.’ (*) It’s sampled for a 1989 Sueno Latino ambient house single, which becomes a #1 in parts of Europe. May remix
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The outstanding Airplane-ish psych single Crazy on You (dig, #2 in the Netherlands) appeared on the band’s 1976 debut album Dreamboat Annie, which eventually sells a million copies. Crazy, live 1977 second album Little Queen included hit single Barracuda(US#11,CA#2).