February 18, 2023

A Look Back at Disney’s First Animated Feature Film 

A Look Back at Disney's First Animated Feature Film
A Look Back at Disney's First Animated Feature Film (Image Credit: Disneypark.disney)

Disney has a long and storied history of entertaining children and adults alike with their animated films. But what was the very first feature-length Disney movie? Let’s take a look back at this iconic moment in animation history. 

Disney’s First Animated Feature Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The first feature-length animated film by Walt Disney Studios was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, released in 1937. This classic fairy tale follows Snow White, an innocent young woman who is pursued by her wicked stepmother, the Queen. With the help of seven friendly dwarfs, Snow White manages to escape the Queen’s clutches and find true love with a prince.

The film became one of Disney’s most successful movies ever, grossing more than $8 million at the box office and winning an honorary Academy Award for Walt Disney in 1938 “for creating a new form of visual entertainment”. It also made history as being the first full-length cel-animated feature film ever made. 

Snow White reached audiences around the world, inspiring them to dream big despite any obstacles they may face in life. The success of Snow White paved the way for future hits such as Pinocchio (1940), Dumbo (1941), Cinderella (1950), Peter Pan (1953), Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Little Mermaid (1989), Aladdin (1992), Beauty and the Beast (1991) and many more beloved films from Walt Disney Studios. 

The Legacy of Snow White 

Snow White is still remembered today as one of Disney’s most beloved films from its early days. Its influence can be seen not only in modern animated films but also in live-action adaptations such as Maleficent (2014). But even more than that, it serves as a reminder that dreams really do come true—no matter how difficult or impossible they may seem!


From its worldwide success to its lasting legacy, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is undoubtedly one of the most important films in animation history and certainly one of Disney’s most memorable achievements. Though times have changed since 1937, one thing remains constant: when you watch Snow White today, you can feel just as enchanted by it now as audiences were over 80 years ago!


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