Saturday, December 20, 2014

1938 Australian Trade Ads

Here's a 1938 Australian trade ad for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which cites the film's record-breaking 5-week run at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. The centerfold was originally published in Everyone's Trade magazine which was released in small quantities only to Australian cinema owners in the 1920s and 30s. Ad measures 12" x 19" folded once. Printed on high quality paper with a unique artwork layout not used elsewhere.

A centerfold advertisement from another edition of Everyone's Trade, this one pictures the Plaza Theatre in Sydney.

A third centerfold ad highlights the film's success in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.

Friday, December 19, 2014

1938 Whitman #925 Snow White Book

Whitman published this Snow White book (edition #925) in 1938. Contains 16 illustrated pages, including the front and back covers. Measures 9.5" x 13". Some printings of the book were done on "LINEN LIKE" paper, as noted in the lower corner of the cover. Others were produced on more stiff-like paper.

The book tells movie tale in brief and begins with an illustration of the Prince climbing the courtyard wall and Snow White washing the steps, right before the two meet for the first time.

We learn of the Evil Queen's plan to have her Huntsman kill the little princess, and of his inability to carry out the orders.

The Dwarfs all have red noses.

Snow White finds the cottage. We see illustrations of her climbing the stairs, sweeping the floor, making a pie, and singing with the Dwarfs next to the fireplace.

In the story, we read that the Queen "disguised herself", but there are no drawings of her as the Old Hag. After she has delivered the poison apple, the last we hear of her is in this line..."As the witch, muttering maledictions, hurried away, some animals and birds pursued her." There's no mention of the Dwarfs' pursuit or her falling from the cliff to her death.

On the final page, we see the happy couple waving goodbye as the last line reads, "And when Snow White and the prince arrived at his palace, they were married and lived happily ever after."

The back cover image is the same as that on the last inside page.

Illustrations and text copyright Disney/Whitman Publishing Company, 1938. Posted here for historical documentation purposes only.

Special thanks to Greg Philip of A Lost Film for sharing these images from his collection. Additional cover pic via Heritage Auctions.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Original Snow White Production Drawings

1937 drawings of Snow White. Done in graphite pencil on 12-field, 5-peghole animation paper. Some with faint green, yellow, or red highlights.

Images via Heritage Auctions.

See more Snow White drawings and production art in earlier Archive entries: A, B, C, D; Seven Dwarfs drawings A, B, C; Queen and Witch A, B.; Model sheets A, B.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 UK Snow White Home Video Repackaging

The US Diamond Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was first issued on Blu-ray in October of 2009. A year and a half later, in April of 2011, Disney sent it back to the "vault". Yet, international versions never seemed to go off the market, continuing to be sold by various retailers, including the Euro Disney Stores.

Recently in the United Kingdom, the entire catalog of Disney animated films has been repackaged into a line entitled "Disney Classics". While the inner Blu-ray (or DVD) packaging looks pretty much like the earlier release, the outer (o-ring) slipcover has a new sleek appearance with limited edition artwork.

In November, both the Blu-ray and DVD editions were seen online at the UK Disney Store. Blu-ray original price £14.99; on sale for £9.99.

UK Disney Store Item No. 413051911551P.
Also on Amazon UK.

DVD retail £9.99; now £6.99.

UK Disney Store Item No. 413031910567P.
Also on Amazon UK.

The artwork on some of the other slipcovers really is rather nice.

Stock images copyright Disney/Amazon.

In an earlier Archive entry, see just a few of the many Snow White international discs from 2009.

Monday, December 15, 2014

No "Ho Ho" and other Grumpy "Bah Humbug" Holiday Tees

This men's "Ho Ho No!" tee was first seen online this year at the Disney Store in November.  Also sold in 2014 at the US theme parks. 100% cotton. Retail $24.95.

Item No. 7505055880646M.

On a tee from a few years ago, the Grumpster shows his own special kind of holiday spirit. With ax in hand, he stands defiantly next to a felled Xmas tree. Text reads, "Bah Humbug!"

And here, he's "in no mood for the holidays."

Images via apirrag + ogyaf.

Grumpy & Dopey Xmas Feet

These Grumpy slippers for adults and the Dopey Santa socks for ladies were both seen online at the Euro Disney Stores in November 2013. The slippers retailed for £20.00 (UK); 28,00 € (France, Germany). The socks cost £7.00/12,00 €.

Item No. 2004011392117M.

The socks actually have a rubber artwork print on the bottom which creates non-slip soles.

Item No. 420787037776P.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

2014 Grumpy Sketchbook Ornament

Inspired by Disney Store artist sketchbook designs, the Grumpy Sketchbook Ornament appeared online September 15, 2014. Fully sculptured, hand-painted. Plussed with "gems" and dangling lantern. Freestanding or tree display. Resin. Measures 3.5'' high. Retail $12.95.

Item No. 6434044133424P.

2014 Disney Store logo charm.

Stock images copyright Disney Store.

Friday, December 12, 2014

MacBook Holiday Decal

This Snow White Christmas image dates back to the holiday season of 2010. Sold on Etsy, the decal was made of high-quality adhesive vinyl. Two slightly different versions were created, one with a white stripe on her bodice, the other with a red stripe. The decal could easily be removed post-holidays.

Size and price: 15″ MacBook $14.99; 11″ MacBook Air $9.99. No longer available.

Created by MacDecals2010. Image via

See lots more Snow MacBook and iPad decals in an earlier post.