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April 9, 1938 – Snow White and Dopey Appear on the Cover of Liberty Magazine

“Walt isn’t a bit surprised. He’s known all along bow marvelously he could, in his own way, make that story.”

On April 9, 1938, Liberty Magazine published an issue with a cover story about the success of the animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, four months after the film’s release. The cover featured an illustration of Snow White kissing Dopey on the head as he heads off to work, mimicking one of the iconic scenes of the film. The article itself, titled “The Story Behind Snow White’s $10,000,000 Surprise Party,” touches on the modesty of Walt Disney, as well as his unwavering belief in the film’s success. There are also some interesting facts about the challenges bringing the film to the silver screen, as the British Board of Film Censors “declared the film was harmful for children,” and speculation on how Dopey was the driving force for the success of the film, as Dopey “proceeded to steal the show and come to life.”


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