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This article focuses on the film.
For the story, see "Snow White (Fairytale)".
For the Enchanted Forest characters, see Snow White and Dwarves.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a Disney animated film featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Ted Sears, Richard Creedon, Otto Englander, Dick Rickard, Earl Hurd, Merrill De Maris, Dorothy Ann Blank and Webb Smith; and directed by David Hand, William Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce and Ben Sharpsteen. It was released on December 21, 1937.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is based on "Snow White", a fairytale written by the Brothers Grimm.


Through a textual prologue told via a storybook, Snow White is a princess living with her stepmother, a vain and wicked Queen who is assumed to have taken over the kingdom after the death of Snow White's mother and father. Fearing Snow White's beauty surpassing her own, the Queen forced her to work as a scullery maid and asked her Magic Mirror daily "who is the fairest one of all". For several years, the mirror always answered that the Queen was the fairest in the land, which pleases her.

At the film's opening, the Magic Mirror informs the Queen that Snow White is now the fairest in the land. The jealous Queen orders a reluctant huntsman to take Snow White into the forest and kill her. She further demands that the huntsman return with Snow White's heart in a jeweled box as proof of the deed. The huntsman encounters Snow White but decides not to harm her. He tearfully begs for her forgiveness, revealing the Queen wants her dead, and urges her to flee into the woods and never come back, bringing back a pig's heart instead.

Lost and frightened, the princess is befriended by woodland creatures who lead her to a cottage deep in the woods. Finding seven small chairs in the cottage's dining room, Snow White assumes the cottage is the untidy home of seven orphaned children. It soon becomes apparent that the cottage belongs instead to seven adult dwarfs, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey, who work in a nearby mine. Returning home, they are alarmed to find their cottage clean and suspect that an intruder has invaded their home. The dwarfs find Snow White upstairs, asleep across three of their beds. Snow White awakes to find the dwarfs at her bedside and introduces herself, and all of the dwarfs eventually welcome her into their home after they learn she can cook and clean beautifully. Snow White cooks, cleans, and keeps house for the dwarfs while they mine for jewels and at night sing, play music and dance.

Meanwhile, the Queen discovers that Snow White is still alive when the mirror again answers that Snow White is the fairest in the land. Using magic to disguise herself as an old hag, the Queen creates a poisoned apple that will put whoever eats it into the "Sleeping Death". The Evil Queen explains that Snow White would collapse into a magical sleep if she were to take even a single bite of the apple. The sleep can only be cured by the power of "love's first kiss". The Queen reasons that this is no danger to her plans, as the dwarfs would not be able to awaken Snow White, and would think she was dead, thus resulting in Snow White being buried alive. The Queen goes to the cottage while the dwarfs are away and tricks Snow White into biting into the poisoned apple. As Snow White falls asleep the Queen proclaims that she will be the fairest of the land. The vengeful dwarfs, alerted by the woodland animals who recognize her, chase the Queen up a cliff and trap her. She tries to roll a boulder over them but before she can do so, lightning strikes the cliff, causing her to fall to her death.

The dwarfs return to their cottage and find Snow White seemingly dead, being kept in a deathlike slumber by the potion. Unwilling to bury her out of sight in the ground, they instead place her in a glass coffin trimmed with gold in a clearing in the forest. Together with the woodland creatures, they keep watch over her in an "eternal vigil". After some time, a prince, who had previously met and fallen in love with Snow White, learns of her eternal sleep and visits her coffin. Saddened by her apparent death, he kisses her, which breaks the spell and awakens her. The dwarfs and animals all rejoice as the Prince takes Snow White to his castle, which glows in the presence of Snow White.

Show Adaptation

  • The Evil Queen hates Snow White because she believes the princess was responsible for the death of her lover.
    • Rather than force Snow White into servitude, the Evil Queen frames her for assassinating her father and forces her to go into hiding.
  • The Magic Mirror does not determine the identity of the "fairest one of all", instead helping the Evil Queen spy on her enemies.
  • The Huntsman presents the Evil Queen with a pig's heart in place of Snow White's heart only for her to see through the deception and punish him by ripping his own heart out of his chest.
  • The Dwarves originally had an eighth member in their ranks but were reduced to seven after he was fatally wounded by an arrow.
  • The Queen disguises herself as a peddler woman in order to deceive the Mad Hatter and his daughter, not Snow White.
  • Snow White willingly eats the Poisoned Apple and succumbs to the Sleeping Curse to save the Prince after the Evil Queen threatens to kill him.
  • The Evil Queen does not fall off a cliff and die after Snow White eats the apple but continues in her attempts to kill Snow White.
  • The Prince kisses Snow White twice; the first being when she is under the influence of a memory potion and the second being after she succumbs to the Poisoned Apple's effects.
  • The Evil Queen is named Regina, as opposed to Grimhilde, while the Prince, who is called Prince Charming, is given the name David.

Characters Featured

Original Character Adaptated as First Featured in
Snow White Snow White "Pilot"
The Queen Evil Queen "Pilot"
The Prince Prince Charming "Pilot"
The Magic Mirror Magic Mirror "The Thing You Love Most"
The Huntsman Huntsman "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"
Doc Doc "Pilot"
Grumpy Grumpy "Pilot"
Happy Happy "Pilot"
Sleepy Sleepy "Pilot"
Bashful Bashful "Pilot"
Sneezy Sneezy "Pilot"
Dopey Dopey "Pilot"

Episodes Featured

Items Featured

Original Location Adaptated as First Featured in
The Glass Coffin Glass Coffin "Pilot"
The Heart Box Heart Boxes "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"
The Poisoned Apple Poisoned Apple "True North"
The Dwarves' Axes Dwarf Pick Axes "Dreamy"

Locations Featured

Original Location Adaptated as First Featured in
The Prince's Castle Royal Castle "Pilot"
The Queen's Castle Evil Queen's Palace "The Thing You Love Most"
The Queen's Lair Evil Queen's Vault "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"
Mills Mausoleum "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"
The Dwarves' Cottage Dwarves' Cottage "7:15 A.M."
The Diamond Mines Dwarf Mines "Dreamy"

Spells Featured

Original Location Adaptated as First Featured in
The Sleeping Death Spell Sleeping Curse "Pilot"


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