The Forest Animals are major characters and protagonists in Disney's 1937 animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Background

Personalities

The only human character who seems able to speak to them is Snow White, whom they make it their priority to protect and help throughout the film. Birds, rabbits, deer, chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons, and quails inhabit the forest; however, the most significant of the forest fauna is a turtle, who is always a step behind the other animals. The animals are primary used to justify many of Snow White's lines; rather than talking to herself, she is addressing her animal friends. Like Cinderella, Princess Aurora and, to a certain extent, Belle, Jasmine, and Rapunzel, Snow White is deprived of contact with the outside world and finds friendship in the animals around her.

Members

Mammals

  • European Roe Deer (Capreolous capreolous)
  • Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)
  • European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
  • North American Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
  • Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
  • Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)
  • Eurasian Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

Birds

  • Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus')
  • California Quail (Callipepla californica)
  • European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris')
  • European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
  • European Golden Oriole (Oriolus Oriolus)

Reptiles

  • Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)

Appearances

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

As Snow White works in the courtyard of the Queen's Castle, several doves are gathered nearby. She informs them that the well narby is a wishing well, and sings I'm Wishing to her reflection at the bottom of the well. The Prince, enchanted by her voice, joins in the song; though Snow White, startled, runs indoors to watch the prince from a low balcony, the doves remain; the Prince kisses one of them. Later, Humbert the Huntsman raises his dagger behind the princess as she helps a baby bird find its parents. Snow White is next seen with animal companions after her flight through the forest, when it is revealed that the eyes that have been menacing to the princess only belong to the friendly animals of the forest. They feel sympathetic towards her and gather around her as she cries; a rabbit is the first to approach her. When Snow White has calmed down, she sings a duet with a baby bird (who is unable to reach a particularly high note, much to its parents' disappointment). The princess asks the animals if they know of a place to stay. They lead her through the (now pleasant) forest to the Cottage of the Seven Dwarfs, which they approach with caution. The inhabitants of the cottage are out, but Snow White decides to clean the house in the hopes of securing a place to stay. The animals help as Snow White cleans to "Whistle While You Work"; squirrels use their tails as dusters, an antlers are used to carry wet clothes, and the turtle's shell is used as a drying rack.

The animals watching Snow White making a pie

After cleaning the house, Snow White and the animals go upstairs, where they find the dwarfs' beds. They instantly fall asleep, tired from the work. However, the animals wake upon the arrival of the seven dwarfs, whom they confuse and frighten in the shadows of the cottage's ground floor. When Snow White eventually wakes and the dwarfs allow her to stay, the animals and dwarfs are friendlier towards each other; as the dwarfs sing The Silly Song, the animals watch happily. They remain with Snow White when the dwarfs leave for the mine the following morning, and help her bake a pie for Grumpy when they are startled by the arrival of the Queen (in her peddler disguise). Though Snow White is unaware of the Witch's intentions, the animals notice two vultures watching the scene and, sensing danger, try to attack the Witch. They are prevented from doing this by Snow White, who takes the Witch into the cottage to give her a drink of water. The animals hurry to the mine, where they try to tell the dwarfs that the princess is in danger. However, the dwarfs are unable to understand them and initially resist; it is only when Sleepy suggests that the Queen is with Snow White that the dwarfs panic. They ride the animals (mostly the deer) back to the cottage, to find Snow White poisoned, and the victorious Witch emerging from the door. They chase her to a cliff, where she falls and is presumed eaten by the vultures. The animals mourn for Snow White, but rejoice with the dwarfs at her resurrection when the prince kisses her, breaking the spell.

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, while Terra was sent to go kill Snow White, the blue forest birds flew around Snow White while she picked up flowers humming to herself.

The birds are the only animals to appear within the Kingdom Hearts canon; the other forest animals are only seen in the "Dive to the Heart" tutorial of the first Kingdom Hearts game as murals on the Snow White Pillar.

Behind the Scenes

Origins

An illustration for the fairy tale made between 1838 and 1846 by Ludwig Richter shows Snow White with forest animals, suggesting her sympathy with nature. Similarly, Disney sought to stress the connection between the princess and the animal world in order to emphasise her isolation. Walt Disney suggested that, in the coversation with the baby bird, Snow White could ask "Are you a little orphan?" to reinforce this theme.

Animation

Animators who worked on the animals included Eric Larson and Milt Kahl. The task of animating the creatures proved difficult; some scenes featured as many as 23 animals on the screen at the same time, sometimes interacting with other characters than each other. Larson tackled the problem by animating the animals as a single entity but placing each individual creature's actions at a different time. The deer in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were later referred to as possessing 'flour sack bodies' when compared to the more anatomically strict animation of Bambi.

Gallery

References


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Media
Film: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsVideoThe Seven DwarfsRose RedLive-action remake

Television: A Poem Is...The 7D
Video games: Video gameKingdom Hearts Birth by SleepKingdom Hearts χKingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χ
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked QueenRoyal WeddingsDisney Princess Beginnings

Disney Parks
Castle of Magical DreamsCinderella Castle Mystery TourClub VillainDisney Animation BuildingFairy Tale ForestMickey Mouse RevueOnce Upon a Time AdventurePrincess PavilionSeven Dwarfs Mine TrainSnow White's AdventuresSnow White's Scary AdventuresSnow White GrottoStorybook Land Canal Boats

Entertainment: Cinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDream Along with MickeyFantasmic!Golden Fairytale FanfareMickey's Magical Music WorldMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey's Magical CelebrationOnce Upon a MouseOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!Royal Princess Music CelebrationSingin', Dancin', Heigh Ho!Snow White: An Enchanting MusicalThe Golden MickeysThe Starlit Princess WaltzVillains Tonight!
Parades: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's FantillusionDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney's Party ExpressDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDisney Stars 'n' CarsDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeMain Street Electrical ParadeMickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's Soundsational ParadeMickey's Storybook ExpressSpectroMagicSnow White's Golden Anniversary CelebrationThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Fireworks: Fantasy in the SkyOnce Upon a TimeRemember... Dreams Come TrueWishesWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color: Celebrate!
Spring: Disney Friends Springtime ProcessionalDisney Pirate or Princess: Make Your Choice
Summer: Mickey's WaterWorks
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween PartyHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularInferno Dance PartyIt's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsJack Skellington’s Villainous GatheringKooky Spooky Halloween NightMickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadeRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Villains WorldVillains GroveVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out!
Christmas: Disney Christmas StoriesMickey's Most Merriest CelebrationRoyal Christmas Wishes

Characters
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Snow WhiteThe Evil QueenThe PrinceThe HuntsmanDocGrumpyHappyBashfulSleepySneezyDopeyForest AnimalsRavenVultures

Rose Red: Rose Red
Deleted: The First KingThe First Queen

Objects
Magic MirrorPoisoned AppleHeart Box
Locations
The Queen's CastleCottage of the Seven DwarfsDwarfs' MineThe ForestThe Prince's Castle
Songs
Original: I'm WishingOne SongWith a Smile and a SongWhistle While You WorkHeigh HoBluddle-Uddle-Um-DumThe Silly SongSomeday My Prince Will Come

Deleted: Music in Your SoupYou're Never Too Old
Other Songs: Will I Ever See Her Again?

See Also
Unused DwarfsMerchandiseLegacyMusicalDisney Sing Along Songs: Heigh-HoSnow White ReturnsOne Hour in WonderlandThe 7D
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