Premiering 70 Years Ago on December 21, Disney’s First Full-Length Animated Feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Complimentary viewing of exclusive, historic video available online.

We weren’t prepared for the crying and sniffling in the audience.

Great American Ink has produced a video, “Behind the Scenes of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” which highlights the making and release of Disney’s first full-length feature film. This memorable event is featured in this exclusive, historic video available for viewing online for free at or call 1-800-552-2847 to receive a complimentary DVD.

It was December 21, 1937 at Carthay Circle Theatre, attracting Hollywood’s biggest celebrities including Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Shirley Temple, John Barrymore, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.

Mingling with the stars were the anonymous makers of the film whom Walt Disney had given tickets. There was great anticipation to see how the audience would react. Animator Ward Kimball remembers the evening, “We weren’t prepared for the crying and sniffling in the audience.”

Snow White was an immediate hit becoming the most successful movie released that year. It remains one of the greatest animated features of all time. This film was a significant screen innovation charming millions and pioneering a new field in entertainment.

For this extraordinary accomplishment, Disney won an honorary Academy Award presented to him by Shirley Temple at the 1938 Academy Awards ceremony. The Award was not just a single Oscar statue, but eight – one full-size and seven little ones – all on the same stand.

Great American Ink, a Los Angeles-based vintage and contemporary animation art gallery, is also hosting a complimentary online exhibition of original production art from this groundbreaking film. Visitors can see this exhibit at or call 1-800-552-2847 for more information.

About the Gallery: Great American Ink, the world’s premier gallery for vintage animation art, offers pre-production concept drawings, storyboards, production drawings, and cels, featuring characters from Disney, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Simpsons, DC Comics, Peanuts, Betty Boop and more.

Contact: Lisa Yoshida, Marketing Director, Great American Ink
Tel: (310) 689-0962, Email: prlisa @

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