1. This is the first full length animated film ever produced. During production it was actually labeled “Walt Disney’s Folly” because they were so sure it would never succeed. It became the highest grossing film for an entire year, and was removed from that spot by MGM’s Gone With the Wind.
2. There are only eleven human characters throughout the entire movie: Snow White, the Prince, The Queen, the Huntsman, and the seven dwarfs. The remaining characters are all animals.
3. Twenty-five songs were originally written for the fim, but only eight of them are featured in the movie.
4. The Prince, whom was never given a name, was originally intended to have a much larger role through the story. However, animators had difficulty animating him; they didn’t feel like he appeared natural and life-like. So, they simply cut out as much of his role as possible.
5. Adriana Casselotti, the young woman who voiced the role of Snow White, also appears in a cameo in the beloved classic It’s a Wonderful Life. Pay attention to the bar scene when George Bailey visits for a drink on Christmas eve. The woman singing in the background is Ms. Casselotti.
6. In order to make Snow White appear more natural and radiant, the lady animators began applying their own blush on her cheeks in each of the film slots. Walt Disney was so impressed that they used it for the entirety of the film.
7. Lucille La Verne voiced the role of the old witch. After recording her lines, Walt Disney coaxed her to try the lines again, and make it rougher and more frightening. So she returned to the recording booth, and this time her lines sounded completely different, and exactly what the producers were looking for. They asked her what the difference was after she finished recording, and she told them it was simple, she just took out her fake teeth.
8. It took 2,000,000 animations and 1,500 shades of paint to illustrate the movie.
9. Dopey, the mute dwarf, was completely intended to be speaking role. However, when they couldn’t find an appropriate voice for his character, they decided to write him in as a mute role.
10. When animators were opposed to use the name “Dopey”, fearing it was too modern a word, Walt Disney assured it was actually an older word, and convinced everyone by stating that William Shakespeare used it in one of his great dramas. To this day the word “dopey” has never been discovered in any of Shakespeare’s works.
Snow White Audio Commentary with Walt Disney
“The Making of It’s A Wonderful Life” – Documentary featurette hosted by Tom Bosley