The Most Unusual Oscar Ever Awarded

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
is a 1937 musical comedy fantasy animated film. In fact, it’s America’s first feature-length animated film and the first one to be recorded in English and Technicolor. Produced by Walt Disney Productions, it premiered on Dec. 21, 1937 and was released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on Feb. 4, 1938. The film is an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, in which an evil queen attempts to have her stepdaughter, Snow White, murdered in jealousy of her beauty. However, Snow White escapes and is given shelter by seven dwarfs in their forest cottage. It’s estimated that more people saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on its general release than Star Wars, and the film had international earnings of more than $8 million during its initial release ($159 million today). The film even garnered an Oscar in 1938, but it wasn’t the ordinary Oscar statuette. This award was unique, consisting of one normal-sized statuette and seven miniature ones. The Oscar was presented to Walt Disney by Shirley Temple.