Tony Mastroianni Review Collection

"Snow White" Remains a Delight

Cleveland Press

Our nine-year-old, having read the original by the Brothers Grimm, noted that Disney's "Snow White" was pretty good even though it had added "a lot of phony stuff."

The seven-year-old diagnosed that Sneezy had an allergy. The five-year-old darn near fell off his seat with laughter.

For me and for most adults in the crowded movie house it was a nostalgic trip through time to watch the 30-year-old "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

THE COLORS ARK RICHER than pastel, but not so overly bright as we know them today.

The sound is just a trifle on the tinny side, like an old 78-rpm record. But 30 years later it still stands up as the best of Disney's full-length animated features.

The story telling was more elemental than it became in his later features. Though he fleshed out the characters of the Seven Dwarfs to give them individual personalities, he left the story line alone. His later features became over-sophisticated and overly cute, but in "Snow White" the story was still the thing and it was done in an economical 83 minutes.

THE MUSICAL SCORE also is one of the best done for the movies, and perhaps as a reflection of its age has an operetta quality in several of its songs.

Whatever the secret of its success, this is the fifth time around for it, and theaters playing "Snow White" are just as successful as those playing the latest James Bond movie -- and there's something to be said for that.