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Forest Animals
Background information
Feature films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (cameo)
Short films
Television programs Walt Disney anthology series
House of Mouse
Video games Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Disney Princess
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Park attractions Snow White's Scary Adventures
Mickey Mouse Revue
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Eric Larson
Milt Kahl
Ruben A. Aquino
Ron Husband
Anthony DeRosa
John Ripa
Barry Temple
David Pruiksma
Tony Fucile
Performance model
Designer Albert Hurter
Inspiration Illustration by Ludwig Richter
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Funny, enchanted, helpful, cute
Appearance Slender animals
Occupation Snow White's protectors/helpers
Alignment Good
Goal To protect and help Snow White
Home Forest
Allies Snow White franchise: Snow White, The Prince, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey
Kingdom Hearts: Terra, Ventus
Crossover material: Mickey and Friends
Enemies Snow White franchise: The Queen, Vultures
Likes Snow White, helping Snow White and the Dwarfs
Dislikes The Queen
Powers and abilities Flight, speed, strength
Fate Wave goodbye to Snow White and the Prince.

The Forest Animals are minor characters and protagonists in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.


The only human character who seems able to speak to them is Snow White, whom they make it their priority to protect and help throughout the film. Deer, chipmunks, birds, rabbits, raccoons, quails, and squirrels inhabit the forest; however, the most significant of the forest fauna is a turtle, who is always a step behind the other animals. The animals are primary used to justify many of Snow White's lines; rather than talking to herself, she is addressing her animal friends. Like Cinderella, Princess Aurora and, to a certain extent, Belle and Jasmine, Snow White is deprived of contact with the outside world and finds friendship in the animals around her.

List of Animals


White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

Swamp Rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus)

North American Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)


Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

California Quail (Callipepla californica)

Green Viloletear (Colibri thalassinus)


Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

As Snow White works in the courtyard of the Queen's Castle, several doves are gathered nearby. She informs them that the well narby is a wishing well, and sings I'm Wishing to her reflection at the bottom of the well. The Prince, enchanted by her voice, joins in the song; though Snow White, startled, runs indoors to watch the prince from a low balcony, the doves remain; the Prince kisses one of them. Later, Humbert the Huntsman raises his dagger behind the princess as she helps a baby bird find its parents. Snow White is next seen with animal companions after her flight through the forest, when it is revealed that the eyes that have been menacing to the princess only belong to the friendly animals of the forest. They gather around her as she cries; a rabbit is the first to approach her. When Snow White has calmed down, she sings a duet with a baby bird (who is unable to reach a particularly high note, much to its parents' disappointment). The princess asks the animals if they know of a place to stay. They lead her through the (now pleasant) forest to the Cottage of the Seven Dwarfs, which they approach with caution. The inhabitants of the cottage are out, but Snow White decides to clean the house in the hopes of securing a place to stay. The animals help as Snow White cleans to Whistle While You Work; squirrels use their tails as dusters, an antlers are used to carry wet clothes, and the turtle's shell is used as a drying rack.


The animals watching Snow White making a pie

After cleaning the house, Snow White and the animals go upstairs, where they find the dwarfs' beds. They instantly fall asleep, tired from the work. However, the animals wake upon the arrival of the seven dwarfs, whom they confuse and frighten in the shadows of the cottage's ground floor. When Snow White eventually wakes and the dwarfs allow her to stay, the animals and dwarfs are friendlier towards each other; as the dwarfs sing The Silly Song, the animals watch happily. They remain with Snow White when the dwarfs leave for the mine the following morning, and help her bake a pie for Grumpy when they are startled by the arrival of the Queen (in her peddler disguise). Though Snow White is unware of the Witch's intentions, the animals notice two vultures watching the scene and, sensing danger, try to attack the Witch. They are prevented from doing this by Snow White, who takes the Witch into the cottage to give her a drink of water. The animals hurry to the mine, where they try to tell the dwarfs that the princess is in danger. However, the dwarfs are unable to understand them and initially resist; it is only when Sleepy suggests that the Queen is with Snow White that the dwarfs panic. They ride the animals back to the cottage, to find Snow White poisoned, and the victorious Witch emerging from the door. They chase her to a cliff, where she falls and is presumed eaten by the vultures. The animals mourn for Snow White, but rejoice with the dwarfs at her resurrection when The Prince kisses her breaking the spell.

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep while Terra was sent to go Snow White and kill her, the blue forest birds flew around Snow White while she picked up flowers humming to herself.

The birds are the only animals to appear within the Kingdom Hearts canon; the other forest animals are only seen in the "Dive to the Heart" tutorial of the first Kingdom Hearts game, as murals on the Snow White Pillar.

Behind the Scenes


An illustration for the fairytale made between 1838 and 1846 by Ludwig Richter shows Snow White with forest animals, suggesting her sympathy with nature. Similarly, Disney sought to stress the connection between the princess and the animal world in order to emphasise her isolation. Walt Disney suggested that, in the coversation with the baby bird, Snow white could ask "Are you a little orphan?" to reinforce this theme.


Animators who worked on the animals included Eric Larson and Milt Kahl. The task of animating the creatures proved difficult; some scenes featured as many as 23 animals on the screen at the same time, sometimes interacting with other characters than each other. Larson tackled the problem by animating the animals as a single entity but placing each individual creature's actions at a different time. The deer in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were later referred to as possessing 'flour sack bodies' when compared to the more anatomically strict animation of Bambi.



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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

Characters: Snow White | The Queen | Prince | The Huntsman | Doc | Grumpy | Happy | Bashful | Sleepy | Sneezy | Dopey | Forest Animals | Fly | Raven | Vultures

Objects: Magic Mirror | Poisoned Apple | Wishing Well

Locations: The Queen's Castle | Cottage of the Seven Dwarfs | Dwarfs' Mine | Forest

Songs: 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

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 | Snow White: An Enchanting Musical

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

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