Snow White – Disney Princesses: Origins

Snow White Disney Princesses are beloved by little girls and boys worldwide. But, how did the stories we know come to be? In this series of Disney Princesses: Origins, we’ll delve into the original backstories and creation of the Walt Disney princesses we know and love. Our first Disney Princess is Snow White, star of the 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The story of Snow White originated as a fairy tale in Europe, published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. This original version was included in the first edition of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. In this tale, Snow White’s mother dies during childbirth, and indeed, it is an evil Queen who marries the princess’ father. The Queen decides to sends a huntsman to take her step-daughter deep into the woods to be killed, demanding proof of her death in the form of her lungs and liver. The huntsman can’t go through with the request and brings back the lungs and liver of a boar. The queen then eats these, believing it is from Snow White. Yuck!

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Mickey Mouse and the White Gloves

Mickey Mouse with mirror

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p style=”text-align:left”> I began this journey through the wonderful world of Disney, I struggled with where I should start. It would be incredibly easy to jump into the instant classics I had grown up with or go straight for the many park attractions. But looking at my MagicBand, the place to start became pretty obvious: Mickey Mouse.

It doesn’t take much of a Google search to discover Steamboat Willie as the debut of the world’s most famous mouse. However, that short was not the first to be produced featuring Mickey Mouse. Nor the second. In fact, Steamboat Willie was the third short produced with Mickey but it was the first to feature synchronized sound and thus find its way into distribution. This was a big goal for Walt Disney and it proved to be a major hit, propelling his new character quickly into the hearts of the public. But while this was the first cartoon to feature sound I discovered it lacked one thing most people recognize as a Mickey Mouse staple and even a Disney staple.

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