During the film's credits, Walt Disney personally thanks the members of his animation staff:
My sincere appreciation to the members of my staff whose loyalty and creative endeavor made possible this production.
As "Some Day My Prince Will Come" plays in the background, a beautifully decorated storybook opens (the traditional opening for this kind of film) to a prologue of the tale:
(The First Page:) Once upon a time there lived a lovely little Princess named Snow White. Her vain and wicked Stepmother the Queen feared that some day, Snow White's beauty would surpass her own. So she dressed the little Princess in rags and forced her to work as a Scullery Maid.
Each day the vain Queen consulted her Magic Mirror, 'Magic Mirror on the Wall, Who is the fairest one of all?'...and as long as the Mirror answered, 'You are the fairest one of all,' Snow White was safe from the Queen's cruel jealousy.
The camera tracks in toward the castle, filming the animation as if it were a live-action film. As one of the windows of the castle comes slowly closer, it dissolves into the mirror in the Queen's chamber. The vain Queen approaches her Magic Mirror one more time to question it for reassurance:
Slave in the Magic Mirror, Come from the farthest space, Through wind and darkness, I summon thee. Speak. Let me see thy face!
In a highly dramatic scene, fiery flames burst into view and a moving, masklike face appears. The agent of deception asks the Queen (and the audience): "What wouldst thou know, my Queen?" The Queen asks her Magic Mirror the famous question:
Magic Mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest one of all?
The Magic Mirror cannot lie, and must admit that there is someone else other than the Queen who is the fairest in the land:
Mirror: Famed is thy beauty, majesty. Behold, a lovely maid I see. Rags cannot hide her gentle grace. Alas, she is more fair than thee. Queen: Alas for her, reveal her name.
Mirror: Lips red as the rose. Hair black as ebony. Skin white as snow.
To the Wicked Queen's horror, her worst fear is confirmed. She realizes the mirror has described her scullery maid, Snow White.
Snow White, dressed in rags, but cheerful despite her misfortune at the hands of a mean and hateful stepmother, scrubs the steps next to the garden. She is friend to the white birds which flock around her. Snow White's rags cannot conceal her blossoming beauty - rose-red lips, slight rouge on her cheeks, skin as white as snow, and ebony hair. She appears sweet and vivacious as well. At the water well, she hums a tune and asks the birds: "Want to know a secret? Promise not to tell? We are standing by a wishing well." Then, she sings "I'm Wishing," while admiring her own reflection in the water of the well:
Make a wish into the well.
That's all you have to do.
And if you hear it echoing.
Your wish will soon come true.
I'm wishing. (Echo: I'm wishing.)
For the one I love.
To find me. (Echo: To find me.)
Today. (Echo: Today.)
I'm hoping. (Echo: I'm hoping.)
And I'm dreaming of.
The nice things (Echo: The nice things.)
He'll say. (Echo: He'll say.)
Her dream is that a handsome young man will some day come and rescue her. Her wish comes true partially - a handsome Prince Charming, the man of her visions, happens to be riding by and he hears her singing. He climbs the castle wall, is first sighted in the well water's reflection, and helps her finish her song, singing the echo to "Today." Startled and frightened, and shy and embarrassed by her appearance, she quickly runs into the castle to hide. The Prince courts her with the song: "One Song":
Now that I've found you, hear what I have to say.
One song, I have but one song
One song, only for you.
One heart, tenderly beating,
Ever entreating, constant and true.
One love, that has possessed me.
One love, really for you.
One song, my heart keeps singing.
Of one love, only for you.
The jealous Queen is angered by the mirror's revelation and...
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