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This article is about the Raven from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. For other characters, see Raven (disambiguation).

The Raven is a minor character in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. His purpose in the film is as someone for the Evil Queen to speak to (mostly in her Witch form) in order for plot points to be conveyed to the audience. He appears to be intimidated by the Queen, in both forms of hers.

Role in the film

The raven seems to live in the Evil Queen's laboratory in the dungeon. When first seen, he is sleeping, perched on a skull; he wakes when she enters, and is startled by the effects of the ingredients of her potion. He is frightened by the Queen in her Witch form and clumsy hides in the skull, peering out of its sockets. He watches the Witch preparing the Poisoned Apple, and as such is terrified when she, as a cruel joke, offers him the apple. The Raven is shown to be curious because he's afraid of the Queen but always is looking for know what will happen and is not seen after the Witch leaves the castle, leaving his fate uncertain,probably he finds a way to back for the wild,or stayed in the castle,eating bugs,seeds or even dead rats, that are briefly showed.

He may be a inspiration for Diablo, from Sleeping Beauty. Both are ravens and have similar curiosity and intelligence.

Behind the scenes

Inspiration

The raven is one of several characters used to interact with the Queen to add conviction to her character. Joe Grant knew the work of Wilhelm Busch, and it is likely that he was inspired by an 1894 Busch illustration of a raven perched on a skull.[1]

Deleted scenes

Stirring the Cauldron

A very short sequence involving the Witch stirring her cauldron was fully animated and completed, and was among the scenes cut from the film by Walt Disney at the last minute. In the sequence, the raven looks on as the Witch stirs the cauldron with a huge bone. She pauses to see that the smoke rising from the brew is shaped like skulls, and adds a drop of an unknown ingredient to the concoction:

"Boil, cauldron, boil. Boil, cauldron, boil. Death within thy depths I see, for one who dares to rival me. Brew the magic recipe, boil, cauldron, BOIL!."

At this, smoke from the cauldron fills the room. This sequence would have occurred immediately after the scene of the Seven Dwarfs going to sleep in their cottage; the sequence would have been followed by the scene in which the Witch dips the apple into the brew to make it poisonous.

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References

  1. Robin Allan, "Walt Disney and Europe" (Indiana University Press, Indiana, 1999) ISBN 0-253-21353-3


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