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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) - Heigh Ho

by Nicholas Sammond

The well known "Heigh Ho" song from Disney's first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), shows the seven dwarves as they dig for gems in the mine. The dwarves are seen digging, carting, analyzing and storing their gems. Yet this work is almost entirely for its own sake, and not to get rich. The song even goes: "we don't know what we dig 'em for." The dwarves just leave their stores of gems by the mine, with Dopey even leaving the key by the door. Being produced in the midst of the Great Depression, this sequence suggests a call to regain a joy in work without immediate material payback.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) - Heigh Ho

One of the best known scenes from Disney's 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, showing the dwarves happily toiling away in the mines while singing about the joys of work.

from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) (1937)
Creator: Walt Disney
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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