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The Vultures are minor characters in Disney's 1937 animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Appearances

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The vultures are first seen watching the Queen, disguised as an old crone, cackling to herself as she makes her way to the dwarfs' cottage. As vultures are scavengers, they appear to sense an imminent death, and smiling to each other sinisterly, quietly follow her. At the cottage, they watch the events from a tree; the forest animals notice this and, realizing that Snow White is in danger, try to chase the Queen away; however, Snow White, seeing no danger in her, lets her in the cottage. The animals fetch the dwarfs while the Queen succeeds in persuading Snow White to take a bite of the poisoned apple. When they arrive to see her leaving their cottage, they pursue her. The vultures hover above her, and, when she reaches the cliff, they land on a branch above her. After she has fallen to her death by lightning striking the cliff ledge she is standing on while trying to crush the dwarfs with a boulder and saving them from that fate, they fly down. They are last seen swooping down toward where she landed to devour her corpse.

Melody Time

Vultures identical to the Snow White pair make an appearance in the Pecos Bill segment, in the classic role of vultures circling lone travelers in arid American deserts, waiting for them to meet their doom and provide a meal for the birds.

The Mouse Factory

The Vultures appear (via color-tinted archival footage from the 1937 film) in the fourth episode of the first season, Spooks and Magic. They are shown to be the pet birds of "Diller's Midnight Manor", a retirement home for "witches, ghosts, goblins and other death-of-the-party types" opened up by live hostess Phyllis Diller. She quips that while the Security Patrol (made up from the enchanted suits of armor from the climax of Bedknobs and Broomsticks) keeps an eye on the ground, the vultures keep an eye on the Security Patrol.

Disney Parks

Snow White's Scary Adventures

The vultures appear as audio-animatronics in this dark ride. They loom overtop of guests (representing Snow White) as they are pursued in the woods by the Queen. In the original 1955 version made for Disneyland, the vultures were given more sinister and realistic-looking appearances, but for all future versions of the attractions, as well as in the other parks, the vultures were redesigned to match their appearance in the film. However, in the original 1971 version at Walt Disney World, the heads of the vultures were colored black, arguably making them look even more uncanny and disturbing than even the 1955 vultures. This was corrected in the 1994 version.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The vultures appear in this Magic Kingdom roller coaster. The figures found in it were recycled from those in Walt Disney World's defunct Snow White's Scary Adventures.

Trivia

  • The sequence in which the vultures watch the Queen fall to her death and then fly down to her body, impressed Sylvia Moberly-Holland enough to inspire her to apply as an "Inspirational Sketch Artist" at the Disney studio.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Judge Doom was going to have a pet vulture named Voltaire (named after one of the French Enlightenment philosophers and a founding father of the ideas behind the French Revolution). Its design was going to be based on one of these two. It ended up being deleted from the final film due to the interest of finishing the latter on schedule. However, it still appears in the original Judge Doom action figure.
  • A vulture resembling the ones from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs appears in the Night on Bald Mountain segment of Fantasia was perched on the top of a gallow until it flew away when Chernabog streched his arms and summons ghosts such as hanged criminals.
  • Another pair of vultures resembling the ones from Snow White made a cameo appearance in the Goofy cartoon Two Gun Goofy.
  • The vultures appeared again in Fantasia 2000, when they flew away with their bald eagle cousins when the animals march in the ark in the Pomp and Circumstance segment.
  • The reused vulture appeared again in Fantasia 2000, when it flew away only for the Firebird to destroy the forest in The Firebird Suite segment.
  • Although the ending of the film implies that the vultures were going to feast on the Queen's body, her reappearances in comic adaptations taking place after that of the first film show this ultimately wasn't the case due to her survival.
  • The appearance of the vultures in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, looming over the heads of guests on a lift-hill is reminiscent of the Boothill Boys as seen in Splash Mountain.
  • The vultures serve as a reflection for the Queen as like her, they are only focused on only one thing (food for them as she's focused on being the fairest in the land) and they each show they couldn't care less over who dies to get what they want (they don't care if either Snow White or the Queen dies as long as they get *something* to eat, just like the Queen is determined to become fairest one of all, regardless of who she has to eliminate). Despite this, however, the vultures can be seen as neutral characters, as they do not interact with the other characters until the Queen's demise.

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Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (soundtrack/video) • Snow White

Television: A Poem Is...
Video games: Game Boy Color gameKingdom Hearts Birth by SleepKingdom Hearts χKingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χDisney Heroes: Battle ModeDopey's Wild Mine Ride
Books: Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked QueenRoyal WeddingsDisney Princess Beginnings
Cancelled projects: Snow White ReturnsAtari 2600 video gameThe Seven DwarfsRose Red

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 BoatsSnow White's Enchanted WishSorcerer's Workshop

Entertainment: Cinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDream Along with MickeyFantasmic!Golden Fairytale FanfareMickey and the Wondrous BookMickey'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!Club Mouse Beat
Parades: A Million Splashes of ColourCelebrate 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 ParadeMinnie's Tiara of DreamsDisney Harmony in Color! Parade
Fireworks: Disney EnchantmentFantasy in the SkyIlluminate! A Nighttime CelebrationMomentousOnce Upon a TimeRemember... Dreams Come TrueWishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney DreamsWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color: Celebrate!Wondrous Journeys
Spring: Disney Friends Springtime ProcessionalDisney Pirate or Princess: Make Your Choice
Summer: Club Mouse BeatMickey's WaterWorks
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween PartyDisney Villains Wicked GatheringFrightfully Fun ParadeHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularHouse of De Vil-lainsInferno 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 Rockin’ HalloweenThe Villains WorldVillains GroveVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out!
Christmas: A Christmas Fantasy ParadeDisney Christmas StoriesDisney Winter Magic CavalcadeMickey's Most Merriest CelebrationRoyal Christmas Wishes

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

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
Remake: Waiting on a WishAll is Fair
Other Songs: Welcome to the KingdomWill I Ever See Her Again?

See Also
Unused DwarfsLegacyMusical (Soundtrack) • Disney Sing Along Songs: Heigh-HoSnow White ReturnsOne Hour in WonderlandThe Walt Disney Christmas ShowThe 7DStill the Fairest of Them All: The Making of Snow White


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Films: Fantasia (video/soundtrack) • Fantasia 2000 (video/soundtrack) • The Sorcerer's Apprentice (video/soundtrack)

Video Games: FantasiaKingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop DistanceDisney InfinityFantasia: Music EvolvedDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Sorcerer's ArenaSorcerer's Apprentice

Disney Parks
Cinderella Castle Mystery TourDisney Animation BuildingFantasia CarouselFantasia Gardens Miniature GolfFantasy GardensPrimeval WorldLe Pays des Contes de FéesMickey's PhilharMagicSorcerers of the Magic KingdomThe Sorcerer's HatVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Entertainment: Disney Classics: The Music & The MagicFantasmic! • Mickey's Magical Book • Mickey's Gift of DreamsMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the Magical MapRivers of Light: We Are OneOnce Upon a MouseVillains Tonight!
Restaurants: Fantasia Gelati
Parades: Disney's FantillusionDisney's Party ExpressDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeJubilation!Magic HappensParade of the StarsSpectroMagic
Fireworks: Celebrate the MagicCelebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney EnchantmentIlluminate! A Nighttime CelebrationMomentousWe Love Mickey!Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney DreamsWonderful World of AnimationWorld of ColorWondrous Journeys
Summer: Club Mouse Beat
Halloween: Happy Hallowishes

Characters
Fantasia: Sorcerer MickeySugar Plum FairiesNutcracker Suite DancersYen SidMagic BroomsTyrannosaurus RexStegosaurusTriceratopsPteranodonCorythosaurusApatosaurusDiplodocusOrnithomimusBrachiosaurusCeratosaurusKannemeyeriaEdmontosaurusParasaurolophusDimetrodonTylosaurusPlateosaurusAnkylosaurusCompsognathusArchaeopteryxTroodonOviraptorBacchusJacchusCentaursCentaurettesMelindaBrudusIrisMorpheusDianaZeusApolloVulcanBoreasMother PegasusFather PegasusPegasi SiblingsPeter PegasusCherubsSatyrsUnicornsMadame UpanovaOstrichesHyacinth HippoHipposElephanchineBen Ali GatorAlligatorsChernabogChernabog's Minions

Fantasia 2000: Donald DuckDaisy DuckColorful TrianglesBlack TrianglesHumpback WhalesDukeFlying JohnKilljoy MargaretFoo-FooJoeRachelNasty NannyTin SoldierBallerinaJack-in-the-BoxToy SoldiersYo Yo FlamingoSnooty FlamingosNoahSpring SpriteThe ElkThe Firebird
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Balthazar BlakeDavid "Dave" StutlerMaxim HorvathRebecca "Becky" BarnesDrake StoneVeronica GorloisenMorgana le FayMerlinAbigail WilliamsSun Lok
Deleted/Unused: OtikaSunflowerNutcracker SentriesDahliaChronosLorenzoMolly

Segments
Fantasia: Toccata and Fugue in D MinorNutcracker SuiteThe Sorcerer's ApprenticeThe Rite of SpringThe Pastoral SymphonyDance of the HoursNight on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria

Fantasia 2000: Symphony No. 5Pines of RomeRhapsody in BluePiano Concerto No. 2The Carnival of the AnimalsPomp and CircumstanceThe Firebird Suite

Locations
Yen Sid's TowerMount OlympusBald MountainNew York CityPrehistory
Deleted and unused concepts
Unused Fantasia SegmentsClair de LuneSunflowerOtikaEgret CoupleNaiadsDestinoThe Little MatchgirlOne by OneLorenzo
Objects
Sorcerer HatGrimholdMerlin's RingEncantus


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Melody TimeHouse of MouseVideo

Segments: Once Upon a WintertimeBumble BoogieThe Legend of Johnny AppleseedLittle TootTreesBlame It on the SambaPecos Bill

Disney Parks
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & CafeWonderful World of Animation
Characters
Master of CeremoniesJoeJennyBumbleJohnny AppleseedJohnny's AngelLittle TootBig TootDonald DuckJosé CariocaAracuan BirdPecos BillSlue-Foot SueWidowmakerVultures
Locations
New York CityTexasSouth America
Songs
Melody TimeOnce Upon a WintertimeThe Lord is Good to MeGet on the Wagon Rolling WestThere's a Lot of Work Out There to DoApple FeastLittle TootTreesBlame It on the SambaBlue Shadows on the TrailSweet SuePecos Bill
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