ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at Creators.co
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Just weeks after dropping the bombshell that they will be developing a live-action adaptation of #TheLionKing, it appears that #Disney are delving deep into that ancient animation vault once again. The studio has just announced that they are ready to take on the fairest of them all in a new musical version of #SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs.

Admittedly, the classic fairytale has received its fair share of adaptations over the years. Yet, considering Disney's recent full-throttle approach to bringing spectacular live-action versions of its classic animations to the big screen, this one is set to be particularly enchanting.

So, while we wait for more information to drop regarding the upcoming fairytale blockbuster, let's look back at the 1937 fantasy – Disney's earliest, full-length animated feature:

Below, check out some of the most surprising, behind-the-scenes facts about Disney's original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

1. Walt Disney brought a variety of animals into the studio

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| Disney

In order to ensure that all of Snow White's adorable animals were animated in the right way, Disney brought in all sorts of furry critters for the designers to reference.

2. Snow White was meant to be blonde

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| Disney

Early designs of the princess showed her with blonde hair, influenced by depictions of young heroines in traditional European romantic fairy tales.

However, after designer Grim Natwick joined the project, she became more and more like a character he had previously worked on — Betty Boop. However, Snow White's appearance eventually became less caricatured after Walt Disney demanded that she appeared in a more realistic form. Ultimately, he wanted the young lady to be "wholesome" and relatable.

Early Snow White concept art experiments with hair color
Early Snow White concept art experiments with hair color

3. Walt Disney was forced to mortgage his house to pay for production

Walt Disney | WikiCommons
Walt Disney | WikiCommons

Originally, the movie had a budget of $250,000 but ended up running over to a whopping $1.5 million — a colossal amount back in the '30s, as it is now. In order to fund the project though, Walt Disney (who had harbored big dreams of bringing the fairytale to life from the young age of 15) made the bold move to mortgage his own house.

Oh, and considering his wife, Lillian, totally thought the movie would completely bomb, I'm sure the decision sparked quite an number of arguments in the household.

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4. The dwarfs originally had different names

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| Disney

Yep, we might all know them as Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey, but Snow White's little pals could have once be called some of the following: Jaunty, Blabby, Dirty, Gabby, Biggy-Wiggy, Gaspy, Gloomy, Awful, Deefy, Hoppy-Jumpy, Hotsy, Nifty, and Shifty. Then there were also Busy, Crabby, Daffy, Dumpy, Flabby, Helpful, Lazy, Scrappy, Sniffy, Snoopy, Stubby, Thrifty, Wheezy.

In fact, the creators scoured over fifty names before deciding on the final seven.

5. The Wicked Queen's performance was as terrifying behind-the-scenes as on-screen

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| Disney

Lucille La Verne, who voiced the Wicked Queen, took out her dentures to achieve the Old Hag's raspy growl.

Her scenes ended up being so terrifying that during the film's premiere at New York's Radio City Music Hall, so many young kids wet their pants during the scary scenes that the theatre had to replace most of its velvet upholstery.

6. Snow White was Hitler's favorite movie

Hitler's drawings of 'Snow White' characters
Hitler's drawings of 'Snow White' characters

Indeed, Adolf Hitler was reportedly so taken with the fairytale that he owned several copies of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, loved to screen it at his home theater and even drew sketches of the movie's main characters in his spare time.

His other two favorite films were King Kong (1933) and Sun Valley Serenade (1941).

7. The actress who voiced Snow White was never allowed to perform again

Adriana Caselotti as Snow White
Adriana Caselotti as Snow White

According to Walt Disney's orders, Adriana Caselotti's Snow White contract stated that she was never allowed to work on stage or in film again. She was also only paid $970 for her work voicing the beautiful princess.

8. 'Music In Your Soup' was an actual song that didn't make the final cut

Believe it or not, but a scene featuring the dwarves slurping down some soup never actually made the final cut of Snow White. It originally showed the princess teaching her merry men how to eat "like gentlemen" after seeing Dopey gobble down soup like a heathen.

Some lyrics included:

With a spoon and a bowl

With the music in your soul

You can cheer things up with the zub, zub, zub

Of the music in your soup

With a gulp

With a grin

Get a wiggle on your chin

You can make things hum with a zum, zum, zum

Of the music in your soup

Which Snow White and the Seven Dwarves fact surprised you the most?