Sunday, February 15, 2009
A (Belated) Snow White Valentine
In honor of St. Valentine’s Day (yesterday) here’s a Snow White Valentine in the form of the February 1938 cover of Mickey Mouse Magazine. This was published when Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was taking the world by storm, but one of the most interesting aspects of this lovely cover is that it’s rendered in the style of Gustav Tenggren, the Old World illustrator who was a stylist and pre-production artist for Snow White. His art was used for some publicity purposes (most famously the original one-sheet theatrical poster), and featured his interpretation of the characters, differing from the way they appeared in the film. As seen in this cover, which incorporates a piece of Tenggren publicity art, the Dwarfs were more gnome-like with gnarly fingers. Happy day-after- St. Valentine’s Day to all from the fairest one of all (that’s Snow White, not me).