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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 cottage of the Seven Dwarfs. They appear to sense an imminent death, and smiling to each other, quietly follow her. At the cottage, they watch the events from a tree; the animals of the forest notice this and, realizing that Snow White is in danger, try to chase away the Queen; however, Snow White, seeing no danger in her, lets her in the house. The animals fetch the Seven Dwarfs while the Queen succeeds in persuading Snow White to eat the Poisoned Apple. When they arrive to see the Queen 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 the lightning striking the cliff ledge where she is standing while trying to crush the dwarfs with a boulder and saving them from that fate, they fly down. The vultures are last seen swooping down towards where Grimhilde fell to devour the lifeless remains of her (off-screen).

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 hosts Phyllis Diller. Diller 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 the dark ride Snow White's Scary Adventures. They loom overtop of guests (representing Snow White) as they are pursued in the woods by the Evil Queen.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The vultures appear in the Magic Kingdom roller-coaster Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The figures found in this ride were recycled from the Vultures 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, 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 has a skeleton neck in the Night on Bald Mountain sequence of Fantasia which follows the ghosts, octopuses, more vultures, and hanged criminals to fly up to Chernabog.
  • A vulture from Night on Bald Mountain and the second vulture from Snow White appeared again in Fantasia 2000 fly away with their bald eagles when the animals march in the ark in the updated 2020 Pomp and Circumstance.
  • Although the ending of the film implies that the vultures were going to feast on the Queen's corpse, 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 in reminiscent of the Boothill Boys as seen in the (extinct) attraction Splash Mountain.

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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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Locations
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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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