"All females is poison!"
Description: The opinion of Grumpy (Pinto Colvig), one of the seven dwarfs who disagrees with the description of Snow White when she is found sleeping in the dwarfs’ forest home in the animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
In this classic retelling of the fairy tale, the wicked step-mother queen (Lucille LaVerne) looks in to her mirror, and asks, "Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all." The queen's vanity is shocked when the mirror reveals that young Princess Snow White (Adriana Caselotti) is purer of heart and more beautiful than she. Enraged, the jealous queen orders a Huntsman (Stuart Buchanan) to take the little princess to the forest, kill her, and return the girl's heart as proof the deed is done.
|Queen:||Slave in the magic mirror, come from the farthest space, through wind and darkness I summon thee. Speak! Let me see thy face.|
|Mirror:||What wouldst thou know, my Queen?|
|Queen:||Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?|
|Mirror:||Famed is thy beauty, Majesty. But hold, a lovely maid I see. Rags cannot hide her gentle grace. Alas, she is more fair than thee.|
|Queen:||Alas for her! Reveal her name.|
|Mirror:||Lips red as the rose. Hair black as ebony. Skin white as snow.|
The Huntman leads Snow White into the forest, but he takes mercy on Snow White and orders, "Now, quick, child, run! Run away, hide! In the woods! Anywhere! Never come back! Now go! Go! Run! Run! Hide!"
Hoping to fool the queen, the Huntsman returns to the castle and delivers a box containing the heart of a pig, but the queen soon discovers the deception and prepares her revenge.
Meanwhile, Snow White has taken refuge in the cottage of seven forest dwarfs (located "over the seven jeweled hills, beyond the seventh fall") who make a living mining in the nearby mountains. As the leave for work each day, they sing, "Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! it's off to work we go..."
When the dwarfs first discover a tired and exhausted Snow White sleeping in their bed, they are surprised but pleased, as one of them describes her as an angel. But Grumpy the dwarf feels otherwise, and grumbles, "Angel, ha! She’s a female! And all females is poison! They’re full of wicked wiles!" But soon the dwarfs learn to love Snow White and let her stay so she can be safe from the wicked queen.
When the evil Queen locates the whereabouts of Snow White, she prepares a magic spell to turn herself into an ugly hag so she can deliver a poison apple for Snow white to eat that will cause her to sleep forever. The words to her transformation spell read:
"Mummy dust to make me old. To shroud my clothes, the black of night. To disguise my voice, an old hag’s cackle. To whiten my hair, a scream of fright. A gust of wind to fan my hate. A thunderbolt to mix it well. And now begin thy magic spell."
In the guise of an old hag, the queen approaches the cottage, where upon Snow White openly welcomes the old stranger. As payment for her kindness, the old hag says, "And since you've been so good to poor old Granny, I'll share a secret with you. This is no ordinary apple. It's a magic wishing apple...Yes. One bite, and all your dreams will come true....Yes, girlie. Now, make a wish, and take a bite." When Snow White takes a bit of the apple, the queen's mission is complete. ("When she breaks the tender peel, to taste the apple in my hand, her breath will still, her blood congeal, then I'll be fairest in the land!")
When the Seven Dwarfs return home, they find Snow White lying lifeless on the ground with a partially eaten apple by her side. Grieved over her passing, the Dwarfs lay out her body in the forest, where upon a handsome Prince (Harry Stockwell) sees Snow White, and taken by her beauty, he gives her a kiss. The Prince's kiss breaks the queen's sleeping spell and Snow White and the Prince live happily ever after.