Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs turns 77! In order to celebrate, we thought we’d take a look at the original names given to the dwarfs. Burpy is just one of them.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film. Not only was it a box office smash, it created a whole new genre of entertainment.
Based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White premiered on Dec. 21, 1937, in Los Angeles. Judy Garland and Marlene Dietrich were in the audience, who gave the film a standing ovation. Many Hollywood insiders had called the film “Disney’s Folly” because they thought a cartoon movie would flop. Boy, were they wrong!
Disney began development on Snow White four years earlier, in 1934. Originally, the focus of the story would be on the Seven Dwarfs and their interactions with Snow White. Some of the early dwarf names were Jumpy, Deafy, Puffy, Burpy, Stuffy, Lazy and Wheezy. Hilarious, sure, but we think Disney ultimately made the right call, going with the names Doc, Sleepy, Grumpy, Sneezy, Happy, Bashful and Dopey. Or did they?
Here, in our infographic, we came up with some sketches of what these alternate dwarfs may have looked like.
In the original fairytale, the dwarfs weren’t given individual names. A Broadway play that debuted in New York in 1912 did give the dwarfs rhyming names. They were Blick, Flick, Glick, Snick, Plick, Whick and Quee. We definitely think Walt Disney and his team did a much better job coming up with names.
We think it’s fair to say that Lazy was probably replaced by Sleepy, which is funnier anyway, and that Wheezy was nixed in favor of Sneezy. After all, who wants to listen to someone wheeze through an entire movie? We think a few sneezes are much cuter.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is available on DVD.