Compare and Contrast Grimm’s Snow White to Disney’s Snow White
Through the years, Snow White has been altered in so many ways. One of the largest sources of altering this tale form the Grimm Brother’s original tale is Disney’s movie adaptation, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”. There is a difference before the movie even starts! Since Disney added “and the Seven Dwarves” to the title, they are major characters in the movie. However, this is not the case in the original tale. In the Disney movie, all seven of the dwarves are named and develop personalities. In both the original tale and the movie, the dwarves offer to house Snow White if she promises to clean, and revive her and warn her about visitors after the queen visits twice.
After the title, the first few minutes of the movie are true to the tale. The vain queen asks the mirror who is the fairest of them all. The mirror responded with you at first, then after Snow White grew up, the mirror switched its / his answer to Snow White. In the movie, right before the mirror said that, the prince sees Snow White and wants to get to know her, but Snow White runs away. In the original tale, the prince isn’t see until much later. The queen was very jealous and ordered the huntsman to kill Snow White deep in the forest.
The Huntsman portion in the book and the huntsman scene are similar enough. In the book, the Queen wants Snow White’s lung and liver to eat to develop her beauty, while in the movie she only wants the heart as proof that snow White is dead. Other than the request for which organ to bring back to the queen, the 2 portions are the same; the Huntsman gets very close to killing Snow White, but changes his mind, sends her off into the woods, and kills a pig and bring its organs back. Snow White also found the seven dwarves house after running for a bit and rests in there until the dwarves return home.
When the Huntsman came back with the desired organ(s), the queen goes straight to the mirror and asked, who is the fairest of them all? The mirror said, Snow White was the fairest of them all. She gets very jealous with this and goes on a murder challenge. In the original tale, the queen tried to kill Snow White with lace, a poisonous comb and the poisonous apple, while the movie only showed the murder attempt. After each murder attempt in both mentioned versions, the dwarves cam and tried to save Snow White.
After the seven dwarves realize that Snow White is actually dead, they build her a glass coffin so they could always look at her beauty. As this is happening, in the book, she went home and asked the mirror, who is the fairest of them all. When it responded with you again she was very happy. In the movie, the dwarves chased her until she fell off a cliff and presumably died. In both versions of Snow White, the prince sees Snow White and asks the dwarves if they could buy her. They were hesitant to accept the offer and just gave the corpse to the prince.
In the original tale, the glass coffin is dropped, a piece of apple that was lodged in Snow White’s throat fell out and she woke up and agreed to marry the prince. The queen was invited to the wedding, but had to dance with hot iron shoes on until she literally died. In the movie, the prince that saw Snow White earlier is grieving and kisses Snow White, and she woke up and agreed to marry her. The wedding isn’t shown at all in the Disney version of Snow White.
An any and all change that Disney made were to brand the movie his own, or to make it more child friendly. For example, the dwarves were given a personality in the movie and made them likeable while in the original tale, they were only there to aide for Snow White and find her after the queen came and tried to kill her. This gave the movie more of an appeal towards children because they could identify with one of the dwarves. Also, the way the queen died in the tale was very brutal because kids could dance and would get scared to dance again, while the movie version of the queens death was a bit more brutal but rarer for kids to experience.
This is a picture of Snow White interacting with the seven dwarves in the Disney Movie.