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WHITE'S OTHER ADVENTURES
The theme park adventures of Disney's Snow White do not take place solely in the scary dark rides. As early as in 1961, Snow White's role in Disneyland got bigger with the addition of the beautiful Snow White Grotto (and the Wishing Well, too). During the next five decades, "The Fairest One Of Them All" has made memorable "live" appearances in Disney theme park parades and stage shows - and even outside the parks, most importantly during the movie's 50th Anniversary in 1987 and even in a gorgeous World On Ice production ten years later. This tiny internet Tribute by KenNetti reminisce the "live" magic of Snow White and will - hopefully - expand into a database featuring facts and trivia of everything and anything related to the subject.
In 1987 Disney's masterpiece Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs celebrated its 50th birthday. Among the Golden Anniversary festivities Snow White received her very own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Before the "Fairest One of All", only such fictional characters as Bugs Bunny, King Kong and Mickey Mouse have received the same honour. Even the Prince was present at the Walk of Fame ceremony, but - as in the publicity picture (above) - somewhat lost in his own private world.
On Disneyland's Videopolis stage Snow White's Golden Anniversary was celebrated with one the very best stage presentations in the park's history. This specific 1987 Snow White spoke and sang her songs without the usual high-pitched drug-addict-like squeaking that became the new official way of interpreting Snow White's voice, beginning in the early 1990's. The 1987 stage spectacular featured authentic costumes based on the movie, a tactful choreography and even the Prince was handled with dignity, while arriving into the finale on a real white horse. It is a pity that this Golden Anniversary Snow White stage show at Disneyland has been mostly forgotten.
Snow White's Golden Anniversary was also celebrated with a television special hosted by Dick Van Dyke. This Brad Lachman production, directed by Louis J. Horvitz, starred Kate & Allie's Jane Curtin as the stylishly over-the-top Evil Queen - but comedian Sherman Hemsley was a little bit too much as the "Slave" of the Magic Mirror. Shot partly in Disneyland, the television show featured excellent modernized music adaptations by Michael Miller. (It is an outrage that Miller's exceedingly good adaptation of the song "You're Never Too Old To Be Young" hasn't been used outside the television show). This Golden Anniversary television show also guest starred Linda Ronstadt, who sang an intimate Jeremy Lubbock arrangement of "Some Day My Prince Will Come". (This Linda Ronstadt 1987 version is superior to the too arty and literally desperate Barbra Streisand version of 2001; master arranger and orchestrator William Ross is not to be blamed on this, however).
The absolute highlight of Snow White's Golden Anniversary took place on July 17, 1987, when the original animated masterpiece was shown in nearly 4000 movie theatres in more than 60 countries all over the world.
White on Skates
KenNetti's administrator Kenneth Sundberg has never been particularly fond of figure skating (or skating in any form), so he has passed most of the Walt Disney's World On Ice productions. However, when Snow White appeared on ice in 1997, even Kenneth had to admit that his namesake, show producer Kenneth Feld had created one of the most spectacular live versions of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - and one of the very best World On Ice productions ever.
As Disney's original 1937 animated masterpiece, the 1997 World On Ice production was a perfect mixture of fun and fright, magic and delight. The fairest Princess was simply enchanting. The Dwarfs were treated with flair and freshness. The Evil Queen was portrayed with dignity and respect. The darker moments of the show - the Magic Mirror, the Dark Forest montage, and the transformation of the Queen - were appropriately ominous and stylishly dynamic. But one thing was above everything else: The romance of Snow White and her Prince was, at long last, given the time it deserved. This expansion took some of its inspiration from the original abandoned concepts for the 1937 movie; the Wishing Well scene and Snow White's fantasy "Some Day My Prince Will Come" were almost like their abandoned original versions. The Prince's personality was coloured with mischievous and adventurous nature - and he was even given a completely new song (claiming "you can't catch me"). Seeing these magnificent expansions, one might have even been expecting the Prince to be captured and thrown into the deepest skeleton-filled dungeons - but (luckily for the young ones and the faint-hearted audience) this 1997 interpretation didn't go so far.
While the art direction was based on the 1937 movie, the sets and decoration were realized beautifully in three dimensions - almost as if Snow White's Scary Adventures dark rides were on parade on ice. The gorgeous music - adapted by the theatrical director Jerry Bilik - was, naturally, one of the main ingredients for this World On Ice production (and it's truly a shame that Kenneth Feld or anybody else hasn't thought about making a commercially released album of it). And just like every big musical must have a show-stopper number, so do the World On Ice productions. However, the 1997 Snow White production featured probably the most breathtaking of them all: In the first act finale, with the delightfully jaunty "Silly Song", Grumpy's pipe organ became alive with the company skaters and the celebration ended with a spectacular cross-shaped "kick-line" formed by these extremely talented skaters. Though not a bad production, the 2005-2007 Disney On Ice show "Princess Classics" didn't have anything like this!
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