In this age of digital media and computer generated cartoons, the golden era of the Disney studio tends to be pushed to the back of our collective mind. It is often difficult for the modern viewer, accustomed to the strikingly lifelike animation coming out of the Pixar and Dreamworks studios, to see the quality behind such a film as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The immense progress animation has made since 1937 leaves many modern viewers disenchanted with what they perceive to be antiquated technology. What many do not realize, however, is that much of the ground that animation has covered since the mid-1930’s was broken singlehandedly by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and that the basis for animated films to this day simply build on many of the techniques that Walt Disney cultivated in creating this film.

The Disney studio invested an unprecedented amount of…

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