By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
Disney showed how awesome their traditional animation can look in HD with their Sleeping Beauty Blu Ray. That was a good setup because it makes you appreciate the nuances of Walt’s first animated feature, Snow White.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu Ray
Most of the backgrounds are soft while the characters are drawn with sharp lines. There’s still subtle shading, and some intentional fading for worn locations. Heck, it looks like real stone in the courtyard. Those early animators were going for a simulation of reality, and on Blu Ray it looks like they’ve achieved it. Character motion, particularly animals, is enunciated with the crisp lines of HD.
The colors don’t all pop like a multicolored showcase. Some just exist as everyday colors. Then when Snow White’s famous blue bloused outfit appears and she wanders through the forest, those colors stand out. Somehow the diamonds sparkle. I’ve seen real diamonds on Blu Ray, and the drawn diamonds sparkle.
You can see the layers shifting perspective in moving shots. Some camera moves appear jerky now that you can tell every nuance of their motion. The live-action storybook that opens the film looks soft, but where it counts, in the 90 minutes of animation, the historical materials look their best.