I've been playing along with The Film Experience's Hit Me with Your Best Shot all season, but even if I hadn't I'd be obliged to take part in this week's session, given that Nathanial has selected for us the 1937 Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in honor of the two dueling Snow White pictures coming out this year, that film's 75th anniversary. A hint to anyone planning a blog-a-thon or multi-blog party or the like: if you want me to join in, make the subject Disney, or even just animation generally.
Anyway, that leaves us with the big question: which single frame of this absolutely gorgeous film, surely in the top 10 or even 5 most beautiful American animated movies of all time, shall I pick? This was a real nightmare for me, harder even than Moulin Rouge! week last year. Because the film is such a marvel to look at, with those soft but precise watercolor backgrounds against the bold blocks of color in the character animation; the subtle use of vertical lines in so many of the compostions; the storybook-illustration wide shots that make such outstanding use of Disney's multiplane camera to invite us in and down into the film's world; the striking Germanic flavor influenced by the legendary concept art of Gustaf Tenggren. Faced with what can only properly be called an embarrassment of riches, I can't swear that I got it right: ask me tomorrow what my favorite shot was, or even later tonight, and I might very well tell you something different.
But for right now, right at this minute, here's what I'm committing to:
It's also just straight pretty, of course, and I would be remiss to point out that the little waterfall on the right was probably, as of 1937, the most perfect example of water animation in existence. And it's no secret that I'm head over heels in love with good water animation.
As an afterword, I present without commentary two frames from my runner-up shot: