Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Movie Plot
The film begins with a stop-motion storybook where the audience is told that Snow White is a princess living with her stepmother, a vain and wicked witch known only as the Queen who is assumed to have taken over the kingdom after the death of Snow White’s father. Fearing Snow White’s beauty surpassing her own, the Queen forced her to work as a scullery maid and would daily ask her Magic Mirror “who is the fairest one of all”. For many years the mirror would always answer that the Queen was, pleasing her.
We then see the Magic Mirror informing the Queen that Snow White is now the fairest in the land. The jealous Queen orders a reluctant huntsman to take Snow White into the woods and demands that in doing so he brings her heart to the Castle in a jeweled box as proof of the deed. The huntsman, reluctantly unwilling to harm Snow White, tearfully begs for her forgiveness and urges her to flee into the woods and never come back, bringing back a pig’s heart instead.
Lost and frightened, the princess is befriended by woodland creatures who lead her to a cottage deep in the woods. Finding seven small chairs in the cottage’s dining room, Snow White assumes the cottage is the untidy home of seven orphaned children. It soon becomes apparent that the cottage belongs instead to seven adult dwarfs, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey, who work in a nearby mine. Returning home, they are alarmed to find their cottage clean and surmise that an intruder has invaded their home. The dwarfs find Snow White upstairs, asleep across three of their beds. Snow White awakes to find the Dwarfs at her bedside and introduces herself, and all of the dwarfs eventually welcome her into their home after they learn she can cook and clean beautifully. Snow White begins a new life cooking and keeping house for the dwarfs, while they mine for jewels and at night sing, play music and dance.
Meanwhile, the Queen discovers that Snow White is still alive when the mirror again answers that Snow White is the fairest in the land. Using magic to create a drink that will disguise herself as an old hag, the Queen concocts a potion named “Sleeping Death” and dips an ordinary apple into the brew. In doing this the Evil Queen explain that Snow White would collapse into a deep sleep. The dwarfs would not be able to awaken her, and would think she was dead, thus resulting in Snow White being “buried-alive”. The Queen goes to the cottage while the dwarfs are away and tricks Snow White into biting into the poisoned apple that sends her into a deep sleep, which can only be broken by love’s first kiss. As Snow White falls asleep the Queen exclaims “Now I’ll be fairest in the land!” The vengeful dwarfs, alerted by the woodland animals who recognize her, chase the Queen up a cliff and trap her. She tries to roll a boulder over them but lightning strikes the cliff she is standing on and she falls off the cliff, only to be seemingly crushed by the falling boulder at the bottom.
The dwarfs return to their cottage and find Snow White seemingly dead, being kept in a death-like slumber by the potion. Unwilling to bury her out of sight in the ground, they instead place her in a glass coffin trimmed with gold in a clearing in the forest. Together with the woodland creatures, they keep watch over her in an “eternal vigil”. After some time, a Prince, who had previously met and fallen in love with Snow White, learns of her eternal sleep and visits her coffin. Captivated by her beauty, he kisses her, which breaks the spell and awakens her. The dwarfs and animals all rejoice as Snow White and the prince ride off to the castle which glows in the presence of Snow White.
The film ends with the last page of the storybook from the beginning which reads “…and they lived happily ever after.” The book then closes as the film fades to its end title.