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Dopey
Background information
Feature films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (cameo)
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
The Lion King 1½ (silhouette cameo)
Mickey's House of Villains
Television programs Walt Disney anthology series
The Mouse Factory
House of Mouse
Once Upon a Time
A Poem Is...
The 7D
Video games Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Disney Princess
Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Disney : Hidden Worlds
Disney INFINITY (Townperson)
Park attractions Snow White's Scary Adventures
Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Fantasmic!
Mickey Mouse Revue
The Golden Mickeys
Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
A Christmas Fantasy Parade
Disney Stars and Motorcars Parade
Celebrate a Dreams Come True Parade
SpectroMagic
Main Street Electrical Parade
Light Magic
Festival of Fantasy Parade
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Parade of the Stars
Portrayed by Michael E. King (musical)
Jeffry Kaiser (Once Upon a Time)
Portrayed by
Animators Vladimir Tytla
Fred Moore
Frank Thomas
Shamus Culhane
Les Clark
Ollie Johnston
Voice Eddie Collins
Jimmy MacDonald
Dee Bradley Baker (The 7D)
Performance model Eddie Collins
Designer
Inspiration Vaudeville comedians
Honors and awards The most popular of the seven dwarfs
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Mute, clumsy, nice, playful, cheerful, naive, childlike, silly, youthful, affectionate, carefree, curious, contented
Appearance Short, slender, beardless, blue eyes, completely bald, giant ears, green tunic, blue pants, purple cap, black belt with gold buckle, blue tights, brown shoes
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Miner
Alignment
Alignment Good
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal To protect Snow White
Home Cottage of the Seven Dwarfs
Relatives
Pets
Allies Snow White franchise: Snow White, Forest Animals, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy, Sleepy, The Prince
Kingdom Hearts: Ventus, Aqua
Crossover material: Mickey and Friends
Minions
Enemies Snow White franchise: The Evil Queen
The 7D: Hildy Gloom, Grim Gloom
Crossover material: Zara
Likes Goofing off, music, dancing, Snow White
Dislikes Trouble
Powers and abilities
Weapons A pick axe
Fate Watches Snow White go home with her Prince to his castle in the clouds while waves goodbye to them with his foster brothers.
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Dopey is the youngest of the seven dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Eddie Collins performed live-action reference and provided any vocal work needed for the character. Although he never says a word, Dopey's vocal effects were provided by Collins and Jimmy MacDonald in the film and Dee Bradley Baker in "The 7D". Happy says he can't talk because he has never tried, so Dopey is a silent type.

Background

Personality

Dopey is often the butt of the other dwarfs' jokes and his silly, playful actions often annoy the pompous Doc and the short-tempered Grumpy. He is not dumb, but merely acts like a toddler or a dog. Though he occasionally whimpers, laughs or hiccups, he does not talk. Dopey is the most popular of the seven dwarfs among audiences, but definitely not amongst the dwarfs.

Behind the scenes

Character creation

An armature of each dwarf was constructed as reference for the animators. Perce Pierce, one of the storymen working on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was particularly active in creating the characters of the dwarfs. Dopey's personality and role were finalized quite late in the process. After someone suggested that Dopey should move like burlesque comedian Eddie Collins, Collins himself was filmed performing actions for Dopey. This helped to define the character's personality.

Animation

Though designing the dwarfs was relatively easy, animating them proved to be difficult, as the animators, already finding human figures difficult to animate, now had to animate "ill-formed" human figures. Vladimir Tytla noted that the dwarfs should walk with a swing to their hips, and Fred Moore commented that the dwarfs had to move a little more quickly to keep up with the human characters.

In order to establish Dopey's character during the march home in Heigh Ho, George Stalling noted traits specific to the character, to be taken into account in the animation: An armature of each dwarf was constructed as reference for the animators.

Role in the film

Working at the Mine

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Dopey in the mines.

Dopey is first introduced, along with his six companions, at the Dwarfs' Mine. His job is to sweep up the diamonds thrown away by Doc. At one point, Dopey pretends that two diamonds are his eyes, much to Doc's disapproval. Dopey is the last dwarf to leave the mine, and walks at the back of the line as they sing Heigh Ho on the way home, attempting to keep in step but failing.

Finding Snow White

When the seven dwarfs reach their cottage, they think that some creature has taken up residence in their house. They sneak into the cottage and search the room. They quickly note that the cottage has been cleaned considerably. At one point, Dopey and Happy see something cooking on the fire. Happy is about to try it when Grumpy stops him, suspecting that it is "witch's brew". They decide that whatever is in the cottage is upstairs, and Doc declares that one of them must go upstairs to chase it out of the house. Dopey is elected, and Doc, his hand shaking, gives Dopey the candle. Dopey is so terrified upon entering the bedroom that, when he hears a noise coming from the beds, he screams and rushes downstairs. The other dwarfs think that a monster is after them and rush outside, locking the door behind them. Dopey falls into the kitchen and emerges from the cottage covered in pots and pans. The other dwarfs, waiting in the trees outside, think Dopey is the monster and ambush him, beating away all the kitchenware. When they realise that it is only Dopey, they decide that they must get rid of the monster once and for all, and enter the bedroom. They are about to strike whatever is sleeping in their beds when they realise that it is the princess, Snow White. Grumpy begins to complain, and Doc attempts to silence him, but Snow White is woken up. She manages to match the name at the foot of each bed to the correct dwarf, identifying Dopey sixth.

In the Cottage

Eventually it is agreed that Snow White will clean and cook for the dwarfs if she is allowed to stay. She prepares soup for them, but demands that they wash first. The dwarfs reluctantly march outside; first, Dopey goes in the wrong direction; then, he bumps into the door. Eventually he goes to the trough. Here, the dwarfs, led by Doc, wash themselves, when Sneezy dips his finger in the water, he blubbers shocking Dopey and the other dwarfs except Grumpy, while singing Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum (The Dwarfs' Washing Song). Grumpy refuses to wash, but the other dwarfs, led by Doc, manage to drag him to the water and wash him thoroughly. As they are doing this, Dopey attempts to get the soap; it keeps slipping out of his hands, and eventually he swallows it by mistake.

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Dopey and Snow White dancing.

Later that evening, after supper, the seven dwarfs entertain Snow White with The Silly Song; to begin with, Dopey plays the drums, and then later trys to gets on top of Sneezy's shoulders, almost causing him to sneeze, Dopey prevents this and they both go to dance with the princess, Dopey bows to Snow White and nearly loses his balance, but Sneezy drags him back up by his rear end and both maintain their composure. At the songs apex Sneezy starts jitering and just before he sneezes Dopey, being a good friend puts his finger infront of his own nose but to no avail. Dopey is burst up onto one of the rafters. The dwarfs listen to Snow White sing Some Day My Prince Will Come, which sends every dwarf, except the stubborn Grumpy, into a dream-like state. Doc declares that Snow White will sleep in the bedroom upstairs, and the dwarfs must sleep downstairs. Dopey leans his head on a single feather to sleep, while Sneezy uses his bum as a pillow. During the night Dopey starts kicking his legs, but a few jabs from Sneezy on the bottom makes him settle.

The Finale

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Dopey gets a goodbye kiss from Snow White.

The next morning, as each dwarf leaves, he is kissed by Snow White. When it is Dopey's turn he is blown back inside by one of Sneezy's sneezes but this doesn't stop he runs back out to get kissed, he eagerly darts around the back and through the house to receive another. While the dwarfs head to the mine, the Queen, as the Witch, makes her way to the cottage, knowing that only Snow White will be at home. Upon her arrival at the cottage, the animals sense danger and, after attempting to drive her away, rush to the mine to fetch the dwarfs. When they discover that the Queen has found Snow White, the dwarfs rush home to find that the Witch has succeeded in poisoning the princess and is about to leave. The dwarfs chase the Witch into the mountains, and she reaches a cliff. She attempts to crush the dwarfs with a boulder, but a flash of lightning causes her to fall from the cliff and be crushed by the boulder herself.

The seven dwarfs mourn Snow White's death; Dopey is seen sobbing on his oldest brother's shoulder. The dwarfs find her to be so beautiful, even in death, that they fashion a coffin from glass and place her inside. The Prince arrives, and the dwarfs part so that he can approach Snow White. He kisses her, breaking the spell of the Sleeping Death, and the dwarfs cheer. Before Snow White leaves with the Prince, she kisses each dwarf on the forehead (Dopey, who was 6th, tried to receive a kiss Snow White on the lips like that morning).

Other appearances

The Winged Scourge

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Dopey in The Winged Scourge.

In the 1943 educational short, Dopey and the dwarfs are enlisted in helping rid their forest and cottage home of deadly mosquitoes that can spread the harmful disease malaria. Throughout the animated short, the dwarfs give examples of the precautions necessary to keep people safe from the spreading crises and ensure safety.

Snow White Live

Dopey's role in the 1979 stage musical adaptation is mostly the same as it was in the movie. A notable exception, though, is that at the very end, when Snow White is leaving with the Prince, Dopey walks up to her and, to the surprise of everyone, speaks to her, saying "G-g-goodbye, Snow White."

Kingdom Hearts series

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Dopey appears along with the other Dwarfs in the series, where their first appearance was in a glass podium with Snow White during the first game's Dive to the Heart. Unlike the Beast's servants, they are depicted as awake, meaning either their homeworld was not devoured by the Heartless, or that the Dwarfs were able to get to safety before hand.

Prior to the events of Kingdom Hearts, the Dwarfs' appearances in Birth by Sleep reveals their lives working in the mines for jewels until the arrival of the Keyblade wielders in their world. The Dwarfs encounter the first of these warriors, Ventus, although Dopey shows the least hostility towards the newcomer than the other dwarfs. After returning to their cottage, the dwarfs meet Snow White for the first time and take her in after she claimed she was attacked by an Unversed. Unfortunately, Snow White falls into a deep slumber after taking a bite from the Queen's poisoned apple, and the Dwarfs place her in a glass coffin to mourn her. However, thanks to assistance from Aqua and the Prince, Snow White is able to awaken, and the Dwarfs celebrate.

Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey

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Dopey in Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey.

Dopey was featured in Snow White's world shown helping the heroine save the forest. He was the first dwarf to be greeted in the game, and was shown to be locked out of the grounds leading to the dwarfs' cottage due to dark magic created by creatures known as the imps. With the help of the heroine, Dopey is able to pass and be leads her to Snow White, believing she'll be able to assist the friends in saving the forest.

Later on, Dopey leads her to the mines, where the dwarfs are having difficulties in working together, though they're able to pull through due to the heroine's guidance. She's also forced to help guide Dopey numerous times as his bumbling ways prevents him from completing tasks swiftly and efficiently, much to Doc's frustration.

Cameos

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Dopey in House of Mouse.

Dopey makes a small cameo appearance in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit in the ending scene along with many other Disney characters including, Mickey Mouse, Big Bad Wolf and Pinocchio.

Dopey makes a brief cameo in the animated short, Runaway Brain, seen in a Mortal Kombat, video game parody battling the Witch.

Dopey makes several appearances in the animated television series House of Mouse. In Clarabelle's Big Secret, Dopey locked the rest of the dwarfs out of their van as he had the keys. In Mickey's Magical Christmas, Dopey was overjoyed to see that he had a huge cake to eat near the end of the film.

Dopey appears at the end of The Lion King 1½, walking into the theater to watch the film along with the group of Disney characters.

Dopey is a minor character the ABC television series, Once Upon a Time; portrayed by Jeffrey Kaiser. So far, Dopey has made only a few cameos.

Disney Parks

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Dopey posing for a photo at Walt Disney World.

Dopey has been known to make appearances at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland and the Disney Cruise Line ships with Snow White at his side, mainly because he is the most popular of the dwarfs.

An animatronic Dopey is featured working in the mines alongside the other dwarfs in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. He was also, notably, seen riding the attraction for promotional material before the opening.

Snow White's Scary Adventures

Dopey also appears as animatronics, performing The Silly Song, in the dark ride attraction, as well as in a few other scenes with the rest of the dwarfs, reenacting scenes from the film.

Fantasmic!

Dopey appears in the bubble sequence with the other dwarfs with the instrumental version of Heigh Ho. Dopey later appears at the end of the show riding Steamboat Willie and in Disneyland the Mark Twain Riverboat.

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Dopey joins his dwarf brothers in the nighttime parade.

Mickey Mouse Revue

He performed The Silly Song with the other dwarfs and Snow White in the former attraction as an audio animatronic.

Critical response

Despite being conceived late in production, Dopey proved to be the most endearing of the dwarfs. Dopey's appeal proved the success of silent characters in feature films, and prompted the studio to make Gideon from Pinocchio silent. At one point, Dopey was even considered for the title role in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in Fantasia before Mickey Mouse was chosen. However, many of Dopey's traits remain, including the long, floppy sleeves and playful attitude.

Trivia

  • Although Dopey has a very childlike appearance and mentality, his low-pitched vocal effects suggest that he is in fact an adult.
  • In "7 Wise Dwarfs," a Disney-produced cartoon promoting the purchase of war bonds, it is revealed that each dwarf receives a share of the jewels dug from their mine. Dopey keeps all of the rejected jewels as his share.
  • Walt Disney was often asked to make a cartoon series starring Dopey.
  • Dopey was originally going to be the Sorcerer's Apprentice in Fantasia.
  • Dopey is the only dwarf not to have a beard.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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Media: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Soundtrack | Musical | Video game | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | The 7D (Episode List)

Characters
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Snow White | The Queen/The Witch | Prince | The Huntsman | Doc | Grumpy | Happy | Bashful | Sleepy | Sneezy | Dopey | Forest Animals | Fly | Raven | Vultures
The 7D: Queen Delightful | Lord Starchbottom | Hildy Gloom | Grim Gloom | Snazzy Shazam | Goldilocks | Sir Yipsalot | Squire Peckington

Objects
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Magic Mirror | Poisoned Apple | Wishing Well
The 7D: | Queen Delightful's Magic Mirror | Not-So-Magic Mirror | Rock of Sages | Royal Ruby | Love Stone

Locations
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Queen's Castle | Cottage of the Seven Dwarfs | Dwarfs' Mine | Forest
The 7D: Jollywood | Queen Delightful's Castle | The Gloom's House

Songs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: I'm Wishing | One Song | With a Smile and a Song | Whistle While You Work | Heigh Ho | Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum (The Dwarfs' Washing Song) | The Silly Song | Some Day My Prince Will Come
The 7D: Heigh Ho: Here We Go Now | Climbing Song | The Queen Is Gone For Good | Grumpy's Got the Blues | Waiting For the Cat Burgler | Training Song | Let's Dig | 7D Motto Song | Happy Birthday from Jollywood | Whoopdie Dooptie Schmoodily Stew | We Love You, Sir Yipsalot | Floor Song | Just Relax | The Jollywood Song | Gem Song | Travelin' On | Gonna Break the Sleeping Spell | Cheese Song | Grump It Up | Call The 7D | Our Grandpas | The Jolly Awards | Ye Old Jollywood Spa | Baby I Dig You | You're The Queen of Hearts Baby

Unused Songs: Music In Your Soup | You're Never Too Old

Disney Parks: Snow White's Scary Adventures | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train | Snow White Grotto

Other: Unused Dwarfs | Merchandise | Promotional material | Parodies | Legacy | Disney Sing Along Songs: Heigh-Ho



 
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Main Characters: Sora | Riku | Kairi | King Mickey | Donald Duck | Goofy | Roxas | Terra | Ventus | Aqua

Villains: Master Xehanort | Ansem | Xemnas | Maleficent/Dragon Maleficent | Pete | Organization XIII | Vanitas | Xigbar/Braig | Xaldin | Vexen | Lexaeus | Zexion | Saïx/Isa | Demyx | Luxord | Marluxia | Larxene | Terra-Xehanort | Young Xehanort | Xehanort's Guardian

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Original Monsters: Heartless | Nobodies | Unversed | Dream Eater

Disney Characters and Villains: Queen Minnie | Daisy Duck | Pluto | Tarzan | Winnie the Pooh | Aladdin | Genie | Tron | Magic Brooms | Peter Pan | Quasimodo | | Merlin | Tigger | Eeyore | Rabbit | Ariel | Mulan | Mushu | Jack Sparrow | Chernabog | Simba | Timon | Pumbaa | Nala | King Triton | Jafar/Genie Jafar | Alice | Cheshire Cat | Jack Skellington | Esmeralda | Phoebus | Beagle Boys | Scrooge McDuck | Huey, Dewey and Louie | Master Control Program | Sark | CLU | Rinzler | Beast | Stitch | Hercules | Tick-Tock the Crocodile | Snow White | Wendy (More coming soon)

Square Enix Characters: Leon | Cloud | Neku Sakuraba | Shiki | Others

Plot Elements: Universe of Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts | Heart | Keyblade War | Dark Seeker Saga | More

Game Elements: Gameplay in Kingdom Hearts | Magic

Objects: Sea-salt ice cream | Wayfinder | Door to Darkness | Keyblade | X-blade | Mickey's Letters | Thalassa Shell | Kingdom Hearts Encoder | Keychain | Gummi Blocks | Bug Blox | Black coat| | Keyblade Armor

Locations: Land of Departure | Disney Castle | Disney Town | Timeless River | Datascape | Radiant Garden | Keyblade Graveyard | Destiny Islands | Traverse Town | Hollow Bastion | Dive to the Heart | End of the World | Realm of Darkness | Castle Oblivion | Twilight Town | The World That Never Was | Castle That Never Was | Halloween Town | Neverland | Wonderland

Organizations/Groups: Organization XIII | Princesses of Heart | Disney Villains Council

Music: Dearly Beloved | Simple and Clean | Sanctuary | Mickey Mouse Club March | Swim This Way | Part of Your World | Under the Sea | Ursula's Revenge | A New Day is Dawning | Destati | Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo | He's a Pirate | Beauty and the Beast | This is Halloween | It's a Small World | Night on Bald Mountain | Winnie the Pooh | The Sorcerer's Apprentice | The Pastoral Symphony

Soundtracks: Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts Final Mix - Additional Tracks | Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack Complete | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep & 358/2 Days Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance Original Soundtrack


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Media: Kilala Princess

Characters: Kilala Reno | Rei | Snow White | Doc | Grumpy | Happy | Sneezy | Bashful | Sleepy | Dopey | The Evil Queen | Cinderella | Lady Tremaine | Anastasia Tremaine | Drizella Tremaine | Aurora | Maleficent | Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Ursula | Belle | Beast | Gaston | Jasmine | Aladdin | Jafar | Iago | Tippe | Erica Ange | Sylphy | Kilala's Parents | Valdou

Locations: Paradiso | Atlantica | Agrabah

Objects: Magic Tiara | Magic Mirror | Poisoned Apple | Glass Slipper | Trident | The Enchanted Rose | Jafar's Snake Staff


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