QUESTION: In the 1937 Disney animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the dwarfs were named Sneezy, Sleepy, Bashful, Grumpy, Happy, Doc, and Dopey. What were their names in their first post-Grimm public performance in a 1912 play?
A) Snoozy, Atchoo, Shy, Surly, Joyful, Medical Practitioner, Dummy
B) Blick, Flick, Glick, Plick, Quee, Snick, Whick
C) Bingo, Bango, Bongo, Bungo, Bengo, Smack, Snerd
D) Donner, Cupid, Blitzen, Dasher, Dancer, Vixen, Comet
The American Treasure Tour is practically a living thing. It grows, it evolves, it morphs becomes more powerful and more fun on an almost daily basis. Recently, it also adopted a pretty amazing Snow White and seven pretty amazing dwarfs. They were actually donated to our collection by the daughters of Irene Higgins of Princess Anne County, Maryland. Mrs. Higgins' devotion to a love of dolls manifested in a private museum she called Dolly Heaven. Knowing the sheer size of Snow White at just about nine feet tall, and the Seven Dwarfs, each at about six feet, they realized few sites would be able to do them justice. Having visited the American Treasure Tour, experiencing our wonderful collection of Disneyana and memorabilia, they thought of us and generously donated the papier mache creations to the tour for the joy of our visitors. You can enjoy them in their new home near the Sadie Mae band organ in the Toy Box.
The story of Snow White was first published in the year 1812 by the Brothers Grimm (who will get their own blog entry soon, we promise). It had all the elements of the beloved movie of 1937, except that the individual dwarfs did not actually have names. It would take one hundred years before they got those in a German play, only to have them changed again by Disney. Some scholars believe the original story of Snow White was inspired by a true story. German Countess Margaretha von Waldeck, born in 1533, was sent to Brussels by her stepmother. When she fell in love with the future King Philip II of Spain, her father and stepmother disapproved. At the age of 21, she died under mysterious circumstances, quite possibly by poison. Maybe in the form of an apple? We suspect, though, that the truth-telling mirror is ironically a lie.
ANSWER: B) Blick, Flick, Glick, Plick, Quee, Snick, Whick