The first scene in the live-action “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” produced by Disney attracts attention. The film was off schedule for a year due to the impact of a strike in Hollywood.
The first image of the live-action Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs produced by Disney was presented to fans. The appearance of the main character of the Seven Dwarfs gives the audience a more general view, but there are still many mixed opinions.
The photo shows Snow White (played by Rachel Zegler) in a typical dress similar to the animated version with seven dwarfs sitting together in a small house filled with sunlight.
The first image of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs causes controversy.
Previously, the “Mouse” family announced that the seven dwarfs would be multi-ethnic and multi-gender. However, the latest images show that Disney has abandoned this idea due to fierce criticism from fans.
In addition, the color and shape of the seven dwarfs made the audience think that it did not bring a fairy tale atmosphere. “Looking at the picture, it looks like a 3D cartoon, the dwarfs look lifeless”, “The color tone is not bright but gives a quite horror feeling”… comments left by netizens.
Rachel Zegler is the next princess brought to the big screen by Disney when she transforms into Snow White. She is of Colombian and Polish descent, with Latin characteristics with brown skin and thick lips. These characteristics contrast with Walt Disney’s 1937 animation and the original story created by the Brothers Grimm, which describes Snow White as “white as snow”.
Facing a wave of protests from critics and fans of the original series around the world, the actress born in 2001 responded. “Just because I’m Snow White doesn’t mean I need to bleach my skin to get the role” – Rachel Zegler wrote on Twitter.
What made the audience even more angry was that the female lead did not like the original version of Snow White. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rachel Zegler said she was “afraid of the original version” because she “watched it once and never watched it again”.
Young actress Rachel Zegler plays Disney’s live-action Snow White.
The gen Z actress affirmed that the new film version she took on had changes, unlike the 1937 animated version and that Snow White does not need a prince to save her. “She no longer dreams of true love. She dreams of becoming the leader she knows she can be.”
Describing Prince Charming, who wakes up the sleeping Snow White with a kiss, Rachel Zegler said that the prince is a “stalker”. The actress thought it was a “weird” story and wouldn’t have done that in her version.
Disney said the film will take a long time to release and will have cultural consultants, just like the live-action remakes of Aladdin and Mulan did.
The studio also stated that they are working to recreate the dwarven characters and have consulted with members of the dwarven community throughout the early stages of production.
“To avoid stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have consulted with members of the dwarf community” – a Disney representative said.
According to IMDb, the live-action version of Snow White is expected to debut in US theaters on March 21, 2025. The film was delayed for a year due to the impact of a strike in Hollywood.