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Scariest Tribute to Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Rescue
of the Prince

One of the original sketches captures the very moment as the disguised Evil Queen - a.k.a. the "Wicked Witch" - starts to flood the dungeon. (The skeleton of "Prince Oswald", presumably, hangs next to the helpless chained Prince). The Queen exits with a triumphant cackle and heads for the Dwarfs' cottage to poison Snow White with the apple.

Raging flood envelops the chained and gagged Prince, struggling in his manacles desperately as the chilling water starts reaching his waist. Every whirl and gush of the water clutches his tightly chained feet and strains his entire body. If the helpless young man does not choke in his cruel collar chaining his neck tightly to the wall, he going to drown.

Rescue, thank heavens, is at hand. The abandoned storyline indicates Snow White's bird friends (at the Queen's castle) as the rescuers of the doomed Prince. The birds manage to steal the key to open the padlocks and liberate the Prince from his manacles in the nick of time. A new hope fills the Prince with furious energy - and thus, in the grand tradition of Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn movies, an epic escape follows: Sword duels with the guards, the Prince leaping over tables, swinging on chandeliers - and finally finding his trustworthy horse and speeding for the forest in order to find Snow White before the Evil Queen does.

Regarding Snow White's bird friends, one of the most intriguing details found in Disney's official storybooks of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a dove named Miranda, featured in the Golden Stamp Book version published in 1957. In this version, after cleaning the Dwarfs' cottage, Snow White asks the forest birds to take a message to Miranda, who nests at the Evil Queen's castle. That way the Prince would be informed of Snow White's current whereabouts. In the Golden Stamp Book version's ending, it is Miranda who leads the Prince to Snow White's coffin at the Dwarfs' cottage.

An epic storyline can be put together featuring Miranda the dove in a central role, even if she was just an exclusive invention to the Golden Stamp Book version. Perhaps Miranda herself has witnessed the capture of the Prince, if Snow White hasn't. When Miranda gets a message from the forest that the princess is alive and well and living in the Dwarfs' cottage, the dove decides it's time for a bold rescue operation. Miranda and an army of birds invade the flooding dungeon - and maybe even some other friendly critters of the castle, such as rats, take part in the demanding and dangerous rescue mission.

And what about the Huntsman who was dragged to the dungeons after betraying the Queen? The abandoned storyline does not reveal his fate exactly. However, in an official comic book sequel to Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (probably of Italian origin, published in Finland in 1989) the Huntsman is shown as the true avenger of the story, as he burns the Evil Queen's castle to the ground. In this sequel the Wicked Witch does not die when she falls from the cliffs in the stormy climax of the 1937 movie. With the help of two loyal guards, she returns to her castle - only to find her home completely in flames. Without any of her black magic spells, she has to remain in her disgusting Witch form ever after. Thus the aforementioned sequel actually explains why the Witch has been featured in several earlier Snow White "sequel" comics.

Even though Walt Disney and his story team decided to use a simple bolt of lightning as the Evil Queen's executioner in the 1937 movie, the burning of her castle would have provided, perhaps, a more justified demise for Her Infernal Majesty. The "Complete Story of Walt Disney's Snow White" (1937) features an official epic scene in which the furious Evil Queen shatters the Magic Mirror in thousand pieces when learning that the Huntsman has betrayed her. "A little laugh broke from each splinter of glass and grew and grew until her ears were filled with mocking laughter", the story reveals. This provocative scene, mixed with the idea of the Witch returning to the burning castle, would offer an appropriately gruesome demise for the wicked woman:

The Queen only wants to hear the Magic Mirror say once more that "she is the fairest one of all", but due to her ugly disguise the woman is humiliated by the truth. (The Mirror could even reply that Snow White is "still the fairest one of all" because she is not really dead - a little detail that the obsessed Queen didn't realize when choosing the spell of "Sleeping Death" for her stepdaughter's fate). As a sea of fire envelops the ugly old Queen in the Mirror chamber, she realizes that her overpowering vanity and obsession has driven her to the inevitable doom.


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KenNetti Presents
T H E - F A I R E S T

Scariest Tribute to Disney's Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs

Research, analyse, text,
and image processing by
Kenneth Sundberg

Very special thanks to
Charles Routh

All original artwork © Disney

P r i n c i p a l
information & image sources

Richard Holliss & Brian Sibley:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs & the
Making of the Classic Film (Hyperion, 1987/1994)
The Complete Story of Walt Disney's Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs (Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
New York, Times Mirror Books, 1987)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - The Collector's
Edition 2-Disc DVD (Disney DVD, 2001)
Katherine & Richard Greene: The Man Behind
the Magic - The Story of Walt Disney (1991,
Viking Penguin / Penguin Books USA Inc.)
Ollie Johnston & Frank Thomas:
The Disney Villain (Hyperion, 1993)
Christopher Finch: The Art of Walt Disney
(Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York, 1983)
Neil Sinyard: The Best of Disney (Portland House,
Twin Books Corp, 1988)
David Tietyen: The Musical World of Walt Disney
(Hal Leonard Publishing Corp, 1990)
The 1937 Snow White comic book (published in
Finland by Sanoma Osakeyhtiö in 1973, in the
Finnish "Aku Ankka" (Donald Duck) magazine)

Golden Stamp Book (1957) - Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs (published in Finland
in 1970 by Sanoma Osakeyhtiö)
Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains (Hachette,
1973, "Bibliotheque Rose" -series)
La Ronde des Héroines - Mes Histoires
Enchantées (Hachette, 2001)
Die Filme von Walt Disney - Die Zauberwelt des
Zeichentricks (Cinema / Kino Verlag GmbH, 1987-88)
The "Aku Ankka" (Donald Duck) magazine
(published in Finland by Sanoma Osakeyhtiö
and Helsinki Media Company Oy)
How To Draw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
(1992, Walter Foster Publishing, Inc. /
Joshua Morris Publishing, Inc.)
"Minä Mikki Hiiri" (Io, Topolino) 1970-1981
(published in Finland by Sanoma Osakeyhtiö)
Comics Scene magazine # 8 (year unknown)
Mickey Mouse Movie Stories (Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
New York, Times Mirror Company, 1988)

The "Aku Ankan Taskukirja" pocketbooks

(published in Finland by Sanoma Osakeyhtiö)
The "Roope-Setä" (Uncle Scrooge) pocketbook # 124
(12/1989, published in Finland by Sanoma Osakeyhtiö)
David Koenig: Mouse Under Glass - Secrets of Disney
Animation and Theme Parks (Bonaventure
Press, 1997, 2001)
Tim Hollis & Greg Ehrbar: Mouse Tracks
- The Story of Walt Disney Records
(2006, The University Press of Mississippi)
Paul Sassienie: The Comic Book
(Chartwell Books Inc, 1994)
The StoryboarD magazine (various issues)
The archives of Charlie Routh
The "Golden Books" (published by Western
Publishing Company, Inc.)
"Tammen Kultaiset Kirjat"
(published in Finland
by Kustannusosakeyhtiö Tammi)

Kenneth Sundberg's extensive research on
countless Snow White publications
(not specified here individually) and other
comic books, storybooks and magazines

(not specified here individually)

T h e -T r i b u t e -I n d e x

Front Page
The Fairest ...and the Scariest of Them All
Introduction to KenNetti's "Scariest Tribute"
The Scariest Tribute Main Index

Page 2
A Doomed Love Triangle
The Original 1934 Prince Charming
The Prince, the Princess ...and the Queen
Death of the Dramatic Subplot

Page 3
Dark Secrets of the Dungeon
The Prince Is Captured
Taunted by the Queen,
Tortured by the Wicked Witch

Skeletons in a Dark Ride

Page 4
The Rescue of the Prince
A Cruel Drowning Attempt
Miranda and the Doves to the Rescue
An Alternate Witch Demise

Page 5
An Epic Love Story
Snow White's Dream Sequence
Spell of the Magic Wishing Apple
The Happy Ending

Page 6
The 1937 Merrill de Maris Comic Book
The Legendary Official Comic Book Version
A Less-Scary Captured Prince Subplot
The "Scariest Tribute" Image Gallery

Page 7
"Disney Dungeons" - Part I
So you think Disney means only
sunshine and happiness?
Take a look at
some of the most shocking scenes of
capture, bondage, abuse and torture
from the authentic Disney cartoons,
comics and movies.

Page 8
"Disney Dungeons" - Part II
Featuring Prince Phillip

Page 9
"Disney Dungeons" - Part III
Featuring Aladdin


The Tribute to Disneyland's Original "Spook Ride"

The Scary Adventures Front Page

The Home for All Things Scary and Beautiful
The Snow White Database Front Page


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