Official press release from September 12, 2012:
WALT DISNEY’S ANIMATED CLASSIC “SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS” CELEBRATES ITS 75TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A SPECIAL SCREENING AT THE NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL Groundbreaking Short Film "Paperman" Also on Sept. 29 Bill
BURBANK, Calif. (September 12, 2012) -- Walt Disney’s 1937 animated masterpiece, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” will mark its 75th anniversary with a state-of-the-art digital presentation at the New York Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the prestigious Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The film will be introduced by acclaimed animator/director/historian Eric Goldberg, who served as supervisor of the Genie character in “Aladdin,” co-directed of “Pocahontas” and counts “Fantasia 2000” among his credits. Festival attendees will also get a sneak peek at Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest animated short “Paperman,” an innovative new animated film that combines the best of both the CG and hand-drawn worlds. “Paperman,” directed by John Kahrs and produced by Kristina Reed (and utilizing Goldberg’s animation talents), will open in theaters in November with the hilarious arcade-game-hopping adventure “Wreck-It Ralph.”
“It’s an honor to be introducing ‘Snow White’ at this year’s New York Film Festival, marking the film’s 75th anniversary,” said Goldberg. “Walt used to refer to ‘Snow White’ as ‘the one that started it all,’ and he was right. The storytelling, the emotions, the cinematics and the comedy are all so true and so powerful, it’s astonishing to think this assured piece of filmmaking was the studio’s first feature effort. Anyone who is working or has worked in the animation medium owes ‘Snow White’ a huge debt, as it never ceases to inspire us. Walt and his team created something that is timeless: it isn’t a question of whether ‘Snow White’ is lacking in surround sound, computer graphics or stereoscopic 3D, it’s whether today’s films can measure up to ‘Snow White.’”
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premiered on December 21, 1937 at the Carthay Circle Theater in Hollywood, and was the first animated feature film produced by Hollywood. More than 750 artists worked on the film, which took three years to produce. The film received a special Academy Award® in 1939, consisting of one full-size Oscar® and seven dwarf Oscars, presented to Walt Disney by Shirley Temple. The film became the highest-grossing motion picture up until that time, and held that distinction for two more years (until it was surpassed in 1939 by MGM’s “Gone with the Wind”).
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was the culmination of Walt Disney’s dream to make a full-length animated feature. He had seen a silent version of “Snow White,” starring Marguerite Chapman* in 1917 (when he was just 15 years old), and the story made a tremendous impression on him.
Just as “Snow White” pushed the boundaries of the medium, the newest Disney short “Paperman” introduces a ground-breaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques to tell the tale of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Under the leadership of Rose Kuo, Executive Director, and Richard Peña, Program Director, the Film Society of Lincoln Center offers the best in international, classic and cutting-edge independent cinema. The Film Society presents two film festivals that attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, currently planning its 50th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, and for over three decades has given an annual award—now named “The Chaplin Award”—to a major figure in world cinema. Past recipients of this award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks. The Film Society presents a year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational programs and specialty film releases at its Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.
* NOTE: The copywriter for this press release mistakenly names Marguerite Chapman as the star of the Snow White silent film seen by the teenage Walt Disney. The role was actually played Marguerite Clark.