Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Lithograph Test Print (1937)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney’s (and the world’s) first full-length animated feature, premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles on December 21, 1937, and opened nationwide a month-and-a-half later on February 4, 1938. A musical adaptation of the popular Grimm fairy tale, the Oscar-nominated film was an immediate and overwhelming success that enjoyed numerous re-releases over the years. In the 1980s, the United States Library of Congress selected Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for preservation in the National Film Registry. Two decades later, the American Film Institute dubbed it the greatest American animated film of all time.

The above image represents a test print of a promotional lithograph to be distributed in conjunction with the release of the film. This version is printed on a thinner, different style paper than the finished product and features a variant color-scheme. This particular copy was gifted by Walt Disney himself to his cousin Rilla Hussey.

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