Disney Brings Back the 7 Dwarfs…But They’re Odd…

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Remember hearing about the new live-action Snow White remake Disney was making? Do you remember hearing how Disney was scrapping the dwarfs and replacing them with seven “magical creatures?”

Well, it seems they may be changing that…

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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First Things First

The Walt Disney Company has postponed the highly anticipated remake of the beloved classic Snow White. While the concept of a modern twist on the classic fairy tale may have seemed promising initially, Disney responded quite negatively.

Zegler and Snow White

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Anyone following the story surrounding Snow White and its many controversies is well aware of the problems Disney has been having. The movie has been criticized from every direction. In addition, Rachel Zegler, who is playing the Disney Princess Snow White, has not made it any easier. She has made herself a controversial figure that may single-handedly sink the movie’s box office prospects.

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In the past few months, the Disney community has risen against the live-action remake of the original animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

But now, after months of backlash, it appears that Disney has chosen to go back to the original film’s roots to win back its most loyal fans.

They are officially bringing back the seven lovable dwarfs.

The Classic Disney Movie

The story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been a staple in Disney’s repertoire since the groundbreaking animated film debuted in 1937. Over the years, it has become an integral part of popular culture and an iconic pillar within the Walt Disney Company.

Snow White

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One of the key aspects that made the original film so beloved was the endearing portrayal of Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful, and Dopey. The lovable Dwarfs, each with their own unique personalities and quirks, added depth and charm to what otherwise would have been a very dark and simple story.

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A new image of the upcoming film shows the seven dwarfs as they will likely appear in the final version of Snow White. Although it’s nice that Disney has abandoned the “magical creatures” route, the new dwarfs suffer from odd CGI.

New Snow White with 7 Dwarfs

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CGI used in recent Disney films has often been hit or miss. While in some cases, it’s worked well, other times, it’s been jarring and creepy.

In the particular case of these characters, they look more like wooden garden gnomes than the lovable Disney characters. However, it’s best to wait to judge the final CGI animation until the movie is released. After all, maybe they will do a lot of touch-up work.


New Release Date

Perhaps the biggest news announced today (October 27)  is that the live-action remake Snow White will be released in 2025, a year later than its original date.

The Disney movie was initially set to debut on March 22, 2024. Its new date is March 21, 2025.

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While the decision to delay the live-action Snow White remake might disappoint some eager fans, it presents an opportunity for Walt Disney Pictures to reassess their approach to the material.

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It’s a delicate balance to honor the source material while appealing to a more modern audience. But Disney has to learn to master it.

This is part of the challenge they had with The Little Mermaid (2023) and other more recent remakes.

Ariel Little Mermaid

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Time will tell how this remake will be received and if the Walt Disney Company will continue to face backlash.

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)