The Good, the Bad, and the Way Too Scary.
In all stories of the times, in the 1930's, when this movie came out, villains were villains, and the queen in this "childs?" cartoon is no exception. She is no "cool" or "humorous," or "easily dealt with," villain, that Disney oftentimes uses nowadays for laughs, (i.e. Hades from the movie Hercules etc). She has no hilarious side kicks either, like Disney Villains do now. In this movie, bad is bad, good is good, and the twain shall never meet. Therefore, contrary to what ABC/Disney may have done to redeem the evil queen on their Sunday night series show, in THIS movie she has no positive qualities whatsoever. Point blank, this queen will officially scare your little ones, and give them plenty of concepts to fear, and much explanations will be needed from attentive parents.
Such concepts that may be harmful to sensitive children, or children too young are:
1. Disney uses and makes the audience aware of such scary concepts as a parent dying and the child being left in the care of an abuser, then hated, and hunted to the death by the one in charge of your care.
2. Someone can poison food, in this case, an apple.
3. People able to turn into witches, or a different form
4. Might create a fear of sleeping and never waking up, because of a scene where she describes the whole poisonous apple concoction as, "the sleeping death." All while eerie colors and music, and eyes and skeleton heads abound in the dungeon.
5. The fear of being buried alive, by being thought dead when only sleeping. The queen makes cackles of laughter that Snow will be buried alive, because the dwarfs will believe she's dead instead of asleep. (a little too "tales from the crypt" for my liking, and not a scene for kids), then she mocks a dead skeleton on her floor by asking if he'd like a drink, and throws poison at it. (Still too creepy for my tastes for children).
6. The forest appears very scary to Snow at first. So her imaginings come to life, the trees try to grab her, fallen logs turn into snapping gators, etc. A little child won't make the connection that the woods didnt really grab Snow, etc and that those scenes were just an expression of the fear in Snow's mind, because...a) abstract realism is beyond little children's understand, and b) the show skims over it pretty quickly.
7. When the huntsman aims to kill snow.
Bottom line on the scary for children: there's some fairly adult fear concepts I wouldn't want my child's mind exposed to at a young age. The buried alive concept being the top most #1 negative exposure concept I didn't like. Fear of falling asleep and never waking up being #2.
Tried and true "Happy ever after" story. Snow is kind, helpful, etc, and Disney uses this as an opportunity to teach kids (and I think they were targetting husbands as well,) in addition to entertaining. They use Snow as the vehicle to teach the dwarves (compaired to children, and then called "little" men - a term which was symbolic of men who are messy in the home and have bad habits ). There's a few etiquette lessons for the kids/husbands about cleaning up after themselves, making work fun, and taking a bath.
The musical score is fabulous. All the songs you will recognize.
Good is good and bad is bad. You always know who the good guys are.
Snow PRAYS! The queen is struck down "by God" is the implication; lightening strikes her.
1. The voice of Snow White is really quite warbling and annoying.
2. Too scary for children; has the potential of carry over (to bed time issues etc.)
3. Some very dated stereotypes about women and men, and dopey got his name bc he cant talk would not now be appropriate in today's showing for kids.
Just a bit over the top for under 6 years old, or ANY child who ponders or harbors concepts longer than other children./>
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