Faces Behind The Film

The making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs took over three years with a total cost of $1,488,422.74 (USD) in 1937. Here are a few of the people who created this animated classic.

  • Walt Disney (36) - Man with the vision.
  • Roy O. Disney (44) - The business mind.

Images via various sources; noted within blog posts. Copyright Disney.


The production involved 32 animators, 102 assistant animators, 167 in-betweeners, 20 layout artists, 25 water color background artists, 65 effects animators, and 158 female inkers and painters, plus voice actors, movement models, camera technicians and more!

Note 1: This list is incomplete but more names and photos will continue to be added.
Note 2: Ages listed in parentheses are from the time of the World Premiere, December 21, 1937.


Directors:
  • David Hand (37) - Supervising Director.



  • Ben Sharpsteen (42) - Sequence Director.
  • Bill Cottrell (31) - Sequence Director.

PHOTOS 1930


  • Wilfred Jackson (31) - Sequence Director.
  • Perce Pearce (38) - Sequence Director.

LEFT PHOTO 1930; RIGHT CIRCA 1950s

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Music Team:
  • Frank Churchill (36) - Composer.
  • Larry Morey (32) - Song Lyricist + Sequence Director.



  • Leigh Harline (30) - Music Composer.
  • Paul Smith (31) - Music Composer.



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Story:
  • Ted Sears (37) - Story department head.



  • Webb Smith (42) - Story department.
  • Otto Englander (31) - Story department.

PHOTOS 1931


  • Merrill De Maris (39) - Story department.
  • Earl Hurd (57) - Story department.

LEFT PHOTO 1941; RIGHT 1939

Not yet pictured:
  • Dorothy Ann Blank
  • Richard Creedon
  • Dick Rickard
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Sketch Artists / Character Designers:

PHOTOS 1939


  • Ferdinand Horvath (46) - Inspiration artist.
  • Joe Grant (29) - Witch designer + story department.



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Animators:
  • Grim Natwick (47) - Snow White
  • Hamilton Luske (34) - Snow White



  • Art Babbitt (30) - Queen
  • Norm Ferguson (35) - Witch



  • Fred Moore (26) - Dwarfs.
  • Bill Tytla (33) - Dwarfs.



  • Shamus Culhane (29) - Marching Dwarfs.
  • Jack Campbell - Snow White.



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The Nine Old Men:












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Movement Models:



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Voice Actors (English-Language Version):



  • Lucille La Verne (65) - Queen/Witch.



  • Pinto Colvig (45) - Grumpy/Sleepy.
  • Roy Atwell (59) - Doc.



  • Otis Harlan (71) - Happy.
  • Billy Gilbert (43) - Sneezy.
  • Scotty Mattraw (57) - Bashful.



  • Eddie Collins - Dopey sounds (and movement model).
  • Moroni Olsen - Magic Mirror.



Not yet pictured:
  • Stuart Buchanan - Huntsman.
  • James McDonald - yodeler.

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International Versions:

Along with Roy Disney, Stuart Buchanan was in charge of supervision on all the worldwide versions of Snow White. The voice actors for the international releases are many. Here's a very small sampling:

Finnish
French

Be sure to check out the excellent international voice actor index site, Charguigou, which includes a list of Snow White actors plus the other characters too.