Down The Rabbit Hole, Part 3: But one song

Fancy a bit of history on Snow White with undertones of Greek Mythology? Then step right up to this well written article by Clark Ellis that left me thinking about the Disney movies I love!

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Almost eight decades later, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has gone through the ringer of conspiracy theories ranging from chauvinism to drugs to recycled villains. I’m here to add one more to the list— paganism. Care to come down the rabbit hole with me?

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If you’ve ever read the original Snow White from the Grimm’s Fairy Tales collection, you’ll know that (surprisingly) Disney stayed almost completely true to the source material. Allowing for poetic embellishment, nearly all elements in the movie are taken directly from the story, with one blaring exception: the dwarves’ names. Now, this wasn’t the first time the seven little men were given names— in a 1912 Broadway production they were Blick, Flick, Glick, Snick, Plick, Whick and Quee. Understandably, the Freudian “ick” brothers and little Quee didn’t quite leave their mark on history. With such an obvious difference between the 1912 dwarves and the infinitely more successful…

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