The success of the Studios’ first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is built as much on its use of music as it is on any other film element. The movie is essentially an animated operetta, given the degree to which it makes use of conventions of musical theater. Frank Churchill’s iconic songs are often led into and out of using rhymed metered dialog that functions in the same manner as recitative. The film also adopted other conventions of theater, such as opening and lowering curtains, scene changes, and curtain calls. The movie’s songs are used to establish character and to drive the narrative. Ultimately, the feature’s success led the Studio to use it as a model for majority of the animated films that Disney would later release.
Keywords: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Frank Churchill; Musical Theater; Curtain Call; Recitative
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Subjects: Popular Music
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