On January 19, 2016, for the first time ever, Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, will be available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. Then on, February 2, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will launch the Walt Disney Signature Series beginning with the beloved classic (now available for pre-order). Short of any official announcements, it is unclear if this means the release will contain any new material other than the digital copy. You can watch the official trailer for the Blu-ray below.
UPDATE: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has officially announced the release which will offer the following brand new bonus features:
- In Walt’s Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – For the first time ever, hear Walt himself talk about Snow White.
- Iconography – Explore how this film influences pop culture, art, and fashion.
- @DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess – Modern day Disney artists discuss the design of Snow White and how it influenced the look of some of your favorite Disney characters.
- The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Facts You May Now Know About Snow White – Disney Channel star Sofia Carson reveals seven intriguing facts about Snow White.
- Snow White in Seventy Seconds – Rap along with this hip reimagining of the story.
- Alternate Sequence: The Prince Meets Snow White – A never–before-seen story board sequence where the Prince meets Snow White.
- (and much more!)
But before all that, ABC will air an all-new and unprecedented look at the film which will air on Sunday, December 13 at 8 pm ET/PT.
An All-New Special and Unprecedented Look at Walt Disney’s Journey to Create the Historic First Full-Length Animated Feature Film, Airing Sunday, December 13 at 8 pm on ABC, titled ‘Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’
In 1934, the up-and-coming filmmaker Walt Disney decided to take a big creative, financial and personal risk: he put his small animation studio – until now dedicated to turning out comedy shorts – to work adapting a fairy tale into a full-color, full-length animated feature film. No one ever made a full-color feature length cartoon before, and it seemed far-fetched. Who would want to watch a cartoon for 90 minutes? Most people, including the two most important in Walt’s life, his wife and brother, believed it would be his undoing. And they were almost right. 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’ explores the moment where folklore met filmmaking. With dynamic visuals including clips from the 1937 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 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, the upcoming Zootopia and Tangled), 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/experts from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, Walt Disney Archives, and beyond.