On October 16, Disney+ will release Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 4K to celebrate The Walt Disney Company’s 100th anniversary.

Many consider Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to be a significant milestone in the history of animation. It stands out as the first-ever full-length cel animated feature in the realm of motion pictures. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences recognized this remarkable achievement. The Academy awarded the film a special honorary Oscar®. The Oscar® consisted of one large statuette accompanied by seven smaller ones, symbolizing the seven dwarfs. Shirley Temple had the honor of presenting this prestigious award to Walt Disney.

Additionally, the film holds the highest ranking among animated features on the American Film Institute’s esteemed “100 Years…100 Movies” list. Then, in 1989 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was inducted into the National Film Registry.


The Walt Disney Studios Restoration and Preservation team has restored the 1937 classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. During the restoration, they worked closely with key artists from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The same team recently worked together on the critically acclaimed restoration of Walt Disney’s 1950 animated classic, Cinderella.

Disney Animation artists Michael Giaimo, who serves as the production designer for the upcoming animated musical adventure Wish, and animator/director Eric Goldberg, who leads the hand-drawn animation department for Disney Animation’s newest short, Once Upon A Studio, expressed their honor and excitement in collaborating once again with their colleagues at Walt Disney Studios on this project.

“The opportunity to help restore Snow White was both an honor and a challenge,” said Goldberg. “As the very first Walt Disney feature, Mike Giaimo and I felt we owed a debt to history to get it looking as beautiful, and as accurate to the original colors, as we could. The muted palette and the delicate watercolor backgrounds evoke the illustrated fairy tales that Walt so loved, and the story and characters continue to resonate to this day. I hope our work inspires future generations of animation artists to fully appreciate the masterful talent and care that has gone into this landmark film.”

The 4K restoration of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be available on Disney+ on October 16.