ABC will be hosing a special-event this holiday season, going behind the scenes and “Behind the Magic” of Disney’s 1934 hit “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”.
From the seemingly insurmountable creative challenges, to an expanding budget and looming deadlines, to an exhausted and all-consumed Walt Disney, the production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” became a harrowing journey, one that almost destroyed the man who conceived it. “Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” airs Sunday, December 13, (8:00 – 9:00 p.m., EST) on the ABC Television Network.
“Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” explores the moment where folklore met filmmaking. With dynamic visuals, including clips from the 1934 movie, film and audio recordings, and snapshots from Disney’s own personal archive, the special creatively showcases how the team at Disney stayed true to the message of the original story while tackling the creative and technical challenges of putting this humble fairy tale on the silver screen, creating history.
The special also features live-action moments based on the original tale, shot with dramatic special effects treatments, as well as some cut scenes and characters from the animated film, uniquely transporting viewers to the making of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The hour also explores how Walt Disney was possessed with making the film – leveraging everything, including his relationships and reputation, as well as mortgaging his home, smack dab in the middle of the Great Depression.
“Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is narrated by Ginnifer Goodwin (Actress, ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia”) and features extensive interviews with John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney & Pixar Animation Studios), “Frozen” directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, Byron Howard (Director, “Tangled” and the upcoming “Zootopia” ), Alan Menken, Richard Sherman, and Disney supervising animators Eric Goldberg and Mark Henn, as well as some of the original talent from the 1937 film, and historians and experts from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, Walt Disney Archives, and beyond.
An XCON Production for Lincoln Square Productions, “Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is executive produced by Christine Connor. Jeremiah Crowell is the director.