February 23, 1939 - Walt Disney receives a special Oscar for his classic 83-minute animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, at the 11th Academy Awards. Eleven-year-old child star Shirley Temple presents Walt with one statuette and seven miniature statuettes for “a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon”.


The first feature-length animated film in the US, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was first released on December 21st, 1937.

To give Snow White a more natural look, some of the ink and paint artists started applying their own rouge on her cheeks. When Walt Disney asked one how they would apply the rouge correctly for each cel, she responded, “What do you think we’ve been doing all our lives?” (x)