QUESTION: Which of the seven dwarfs showed symptoms of narcolepsy?
A) Dopey, as diagnosed by his clumsiness.
B) Happy, likely because of his use of anti-anxiety medication.
C) Sleepy, due to his susceptibility to fall asleep at inopportune times.
D) Doc, thanks to his inclination to act like an authority figure.
The Treasure Tour blog is very happy to continue our celebration of the new, wonderful collection of papier mache figures dedicated to honoring Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Yesterday, we talked about the publication of the story by the Grimm Brothers and their roots in Germanic lore. Honestly, though, it's a safe bet that anyone who knows them today heard of them due to the hugely popular animated feature produced by Walt Disney during the 1930's. Looking back on Disney's Snow White, it's difficult to realize how much of a gamble the company made in making the film. No one had ever tried to make a full-length animated feature before. It was expensive, took an amazing amount of time to create, and seemed like a long shot. No one, except maybe Walt Disney himself, could have imagined the amazing success it would become.
It premiered on December 21, 1937. It was an immediate critical and commercial success, ultimately making an astounding $8 million on its initial release. Adjusted for inflation, it is considered one of the top ten performers in North American cinema to this day. And, of course, it not only assured Walt Disney a spot in film history (he won an honorary Academy Award for it), but paved the way for full-length animated features that continues today, with right around fifty estimated for release throughout 2016!
ANSWER: C) Sleepy, due to his susceptibility to fall asleep at inopportune times.