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Vultures (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)

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Background information
Feature films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Melody Time
Short films
Television programs
Video games Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Park attractions Snow White's Scary Adventures
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Ward Kimball
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Quarrelsome, hungry, omnivorous, mysterious, neutral
Occupation Predators
Alignment Bad/Neutral
Goal To get a decent meal - any corpse will do
Home Forest
Likes Getting to eat something that's dead
Dislikes When their food is still alive
Powers and abilities
Fate Fly down to the Queen's body to eat it

The Vultures are minor antagonists characters in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. They also make an appearance in Melody Time.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

The vultures are first seen watching the Evil Queen cackling to herself as she makes her way to the Cottage of the Seven Dwarfs. They appear to sense an imminent death, and smiling to each other, quietly follow her. At the cottage, they watch the events from a tree; the animals of the forest notice this and, realising that Snow White is in danger, try to chase away the Queen; however, Snow White, seeing no danger in the old woman, lets her in the house. The animals fetch the Seven Dwarfs while the Queen succeeds in persuading Snow White to eat the Poisoned Apple. When they arrive to see the Queen leaving the cottage, they pursue her. The vultures hover above her, and, when she reaches the cliff, they land on a branch above her. After she has fallen from the cliff to her death by the lightning striking the cliff ledge where she is standing while trying to crush the dwarfs with a boulder saving the dwarfs from getting crush, they fly down to eat her corpse (off-screen).

Melody Time

The vultures make an appearance in the Pecos Bill segment.

Disney Parks

The vultures appear as audio-animatronics in the dark ride Snow White's Scary Adventures, as well as the Magic Kingdom coaster Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.


  • The sequence in which the vultures watch the evil Queen fall to her death, then fly down to her body, impressed Sylvia Moberly-Holland enough to inspire her to apply as an Inspirational Sketch Artist at the Disney studio.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Judge Doom was going to have a pet vulture named Voltaire (named after one of the French Enlightenment philosophers and a founding father of the ideas behind the French Revolution). The vulture's design was going to be based on one of the vultures form Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The character ended up being deleted from the final film due to the interest of finishing the film on schedule. However, the character still appears in the original Judge Doom action figure.
  • A vulture similar to these two appears in the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence of Fantasia which flies away from the gallows it was sitting on, only for ghosts of hanged criminals to fly up to Chernabog.
  • Although the ending of the film implies that the Vultures were going to feast on the Witch's carcass, the Witch's reappearances in comic adaptations taking place after the comic adaptation of the first film show this ultimately wasn't the case due to her survival.


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Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Television: House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Sofia the First | The 7D
Video games: Video game | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Big Little Book | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen

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

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 | Heart Box

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

Original: 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

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

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Media: Melody Time | House of Mouse

Shorts: Once Upon a Wintertime | Bumble Boogie | The Legend of Johnny Appleseed | Little Toot | Trees | Blame It on the Samba | Pecos Bill

Characters: Joe | Jenny | Johnny Appleseed | Johnny's Angel | Old Settler | Little Toot | Big Toot | Police tugboats | Whitey | Donald Duck | José Carioca | Aracuan Bird | Pecos Bill | Slue-Foot Sue | Widowmaker | Rustlers |

Locations: New York | Texas | South America

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