Monday, April 9, 2018

Toons After Dark: Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (1973)

From Rankin-Bass' Festival of Family Classics:

The Brothers Grimm's Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs had been successfully adapted by Disney many years ago. Having to compress the story into a shorter time frame proved to be troublesome for Mushi Studios of Japan, entrusted with the animation for the Festival. Judge for yourselves.

The limited animation used here was more of a detriment than usual, especially near the end when the forest animals are supposed to be dancing with joy. How Australia's Air Programs International whiffed on doing their own adaptation for CBS' Famous Classic Tales, I don't know.

Rating: C. Not a good adaptation.


Steven Dolce said...

I’d stick with the Disney version.

hobbyfan said...

I concur.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Sometimes Australians just wanted to work!

Reminded of something Aussie animation legend Eric Porter said about how he felt grateful to get any work from the US to do during the 60's and 70's. Here's an interview!

hobbyfan said...

Porter, I recall, had his studio contracted by Hanna-Barbera between 1972-4 (the original Super Friends was one of the shows done there), but after that.....???

Christopher Sobieniak said...

That was probably when H-B set up their own studio in Sydney that worked on their shows into the 1980's.

hobbyfan said...

I think the last H-B series produced in Australia for American consumption was the first Berenstain Bears animated series, but they also did some CBS Storybreak episodes there, too, along with 1980's Drak Pack.