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Rockwell Museum exhibit captures the magic of making ‘Snow White’

"Snow White with the Witch Offering the Poisoned Apple." Disney Studio Artist Cel; ink and acrylic on cellulose acetate.
Photographer: Courtesy Walt Disney Animation Research Library
"Snow White with the Witch Offering the Poisoned Apple." Disney Studio Artist Cel; ink and acrylic on cellulose acetate.
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Just about everyone believed that Walt Disney’s plan to make a full-length animated feature film would flop. “Everybody told Walt no one would sit still for a 11⁄2-hour-long animated film,” said Lella F. Smith, creative director of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library in Burbank, Calif. That didn’t stop Disney. Despite the doubt about the project from colleagues, in 1934 Disney embarked on a three-year-long process and an expenditure of $1.6 million to bring the ...

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