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Background information
Feature films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (cameo)
Flubber (cameo)
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Teacher's Pet (cameo)
The Lion King 1½ (silhouette cameo)
Mickey's House of Villains
Television programs Walt Disney anthology series
House of Mouse
Once Upon a Time
The 7D
Video games Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Disney Princess
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Park attractions Snow White's Scary Adventures
Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Mickey Mouse Revue
Fantasmic!
SpectroMagic
Main Street Electrical Parade
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
A Christmas Fantasy Parade
Light Magic
Festival of Fantasy Parade
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Parade of the Stars
Portrayed by Jerry Riley (in the musical)
Faustino Di Bauda (in Once Upon a Time)
Portrayed by
Animators Fred Moore
Vladimir Tytla
Shamus Culhane
Les Clark
Voice Sterling Holloway (tests)
Pinto Colvig
Hal Smith
Bill Farmer
Stephen Stanton (The 7D)
Performance model
Designer Albert Hurter
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Kind, tired, weary, lazy, observant, friendly, slow, easy to please, a sleepwalker
Appearance Short, slender, half bald, long white beard, white hair, fair skin, pink cherry nose, heavy matching eyelids, black eyebrows, circles under his eyes, sand tunic with cream patches on his elbows stitched in black thread, black belt with gold outlined rectangle buckle, brown tights, sienna Medieval-style shoes, teal stocking cap
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Miner
Alignment Good
Affiliations
Goal To get 40 winks wherever possible.
To protect Snow White.
To get rid of a pesky fly.
Home Cottage of the Seven Dwarfs
Relatives
Pets
Allies Snow White franchise: Snow White, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey, the Prince, Forest Animals
Kingdom Hearts: Ventus, Aqua
Crossover material: Mickey and Friends
Minions
Enemies Snow White franchise: The Evil Queen, the fly
The 7D: Hildy Gloom, Grim Gloom
Likes Sleeping, music, Snow White
Dislikes The fly, danger, losing sleep
Powers and abilities Slumber
Weapons Pick axe
Fate Watches Snow White leave with the Prince.
Quote (yawns) "Oh, how'd you guess?"
(yawns) "Maybe the old Queen's, uh, got Snow White."

Sleepy is one of the 7 dwarfs in Disney's 1937 animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

He has been voiced by Sterling Holloway, Pinto Colvig, Hal Smith, Bill Farmer and Stephen Stanton.

Background

Personality

True to his name, Sleepy is always weary and droopy-eyed and is always eager to fall asleep. Despite his laziness, he often proves to be the most observant and sensible of the dwarfs, whether he notices or not. He is constantly pestered by a fly.

Behind the Scenes

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 Sleepy'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: A drawing by Albert Hurter of Sleepy with his mouth wide open in a yawn inspired animator Fred Moore to be more extreme in Sleepy's animation. Moore made sure that, on every animation drawing of Sleepy, one eye was larger than the other, or one eye was more squashed than the other, to suggest the dwarf's perpetual weariness.

Abandoned Concepts

Trapping the Fly

At a story meeting of October 3, 1934, the suggestion was made that Sleepy bring an end to the conflict between the fly and himself by trapping the fly in Snow White's glass coffin.

Role in the film

Working at the Mine

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Sleepy at work.

Sleepy is first introduced, with his six companions, at the Dwarfs' Mine. He controls the mine cart, presumably transporting the diamonds to Doc, who then sorts them. The cart is pulled by a deer. At one point the fly pesters Sleepy, who in an attempt to swat it accidentally hits the deer's backside; this causes the deer to kick the cart several times, sending Sleepy flying. As the dwarfs march home, singing "Heigh Ho", Sleepy is fourth in line. He is the only other dwarf besides Dopey not to join in the singing, as he is too tired.

Finding Snow White

When the seven dwarfs reach their cottage, they think that a monster has taken up residence in their house. They sneak into the cottage (Dopey peeking through Sleepy's beard) and search the room. The dwarfs note that the cottage has been cleaned. 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 he is the monster and rush outside, locking the door. Dopey falls into the kitchen and emerges from the cottage covered in pots and pans. When the other dwarfs see him they, thinking that he is the monster, start hitting him. When they realise that it is Dopey, they decide to venture into 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 Sleepy third.

In the Cottage

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Sleepy in The Silly Song.

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. Here, the dwarfs, led by Doc, when Sneezy dips his finger in the water, he blubbers shocking Sleepy and the other dwarfs except Grumpy, wash themselves, while singing "Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum (The Dwarfs' Washing Song)". Next to Sleepy, the fly can be seen washing itself on the soap. Grumpy refuses to wash, but the other dwarfs, led by Doc, to drag him to the water and wash him thoroughly. Later that evening, after supper, the seven dwarfs entertain Snow White with "The Silly Song"; to begin with, Sleepy is once again bothered by the Fly, and attempts to hit it with a cymbal, succeeding only in striking himself in the process. After they finish the song, 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. As Sleepy settles down next to the fireplace, where Grumpy is sleeping in the kettle, the fly sleeps on his nose.

The Finale

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Sleepy and the dwarfs looking over the cliff after the Witch fell

The next morning, as each dwarf leaves, he is kissed by Snow White. 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, where they try to warn them. When Sleepy suggests 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; Sleepy, Bashful, and Sneezy are shown silently weeping. 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 (Sleepy was never shown being kissed on the forehead, but possibly was last).

Other appearances

The Winged Scourge

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Sleepy in The Winged Scourge.

In the 1943 educational short, Sleepy 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.

Kingdom Hearts series

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Sleepy, along with other dwarfs and Snow White, appears in their homeworld, Dwarf Woodlands. Sleepy 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, and all show hostility towards the newcomer, with the exception of Dopey. 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.

Sleepy also appears in Kingdom Hearts χ along with the others in Dwarf Woodlands.

Once Upon a Time

Sleepy is a member of the War Council and was seen aside Grumpy guarding Snow White's castle in "Pilot". His role in the real world is unknown so far, however his name will be Walter. Sleepy is played by Faustino DiBauda.

Cameos

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Sleepy yawning in House of Mouse.

In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Sleepy is seen in the last scene with many other cartoon characters and Disney characters. Like most of the cameos in the film, Sleepy plays a very minor, non-speaking role.

Sleepy makes a brief cameo in Flubber, along with Bashful and Grumpy, appearing on Weebo the Robot's video monitor, which showcased a scene from the film.

Sleepy made plenty of (usually) non-speaking cameos in House of Mouse, always seen with the other dwarfs. He was also seen falling asleep in Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse.

In the Teacher's Pet movie, Sleepy appears in the song "Ivan Krank"; when Dr. Ivan Krank says "he stands on the shoulders of giants", he is standing on the seven dwarfs.

Sleepy made a cameo appearance at the end of The Lion King 1½, where he was entering the theater to enjoy the film with other Disney characters. His only words were "Excuse me."

Disney Parks

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Sleepy posing for a photo at Hong Kong Disneyland

Sleepy is a somewhat rare character when it comes to meet-and-greet sessions, but even so, he and the other dwarfs are commonly utilized in the Disney theme parks around the world.

Sleepy also appeared in other parades like the former Pirate and Princess Party parade and the Disney Christmas Day Parades.

An animatronic Sleepy is featured sleeping in the mines in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Snow White's Scary Adventures

also appear as animatronics, performing Sleepy"The Silly Song", in Snow White's Scary Adventures.

Fantasmic!

Sleepy makes an appearance in th bubble montage at Disney's Hollywood Studios version of the show. During the appearance, he can be heard yawning as usual.

SpectroMagic

Like the other dwarfs, Sleepy joins the parade wearing a lit up outfit much like the daily parades Sleepy walks along a line like the film.

Trivia

  • He is the first dwarf to be seen in the film.
  • Sleepy's original voice actor was Pinto Colvig, who was best known for being the original voice for Goofy. In modern years, Goofy's current voice actor, Bill Farmer, also voices Sleepy in his current appearances.
    • Pinto Colvig also voiced Grumpy.

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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

Objects: Magic Mirror | Poisoned Apple | Wishing Well

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

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 | 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

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

Other: Unused Dwarfs | Snow White's Scary Adventures | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train | Snow White Grotto | 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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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

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