Grimm’s 1819 version The story begins, like many fairy tales, with a queen wanting a daughter. When she pricked her finger while she was sewing, three drops of blood fell on the snow, and the queen, amazed by the beautiful contrast, thought: “If I had a child, white as snow, red as blood, and black as snow.” tree in this frame. Soon after, the queen is blessed with the birth of a daughter, but the queen dies in childbirth.
Within a year, the king remarried “a beautiful woman, but she was proud and arrogant” (according to Grimm). The new queen fears that someone will overshadow her beauty, so she asks her magic mirror if she is still the most beautiful. All is well until Snow White gets prettier, and then you have to pay hell. In this version of Grimm’s story, the king is never mentioned again, which makes us wonder if he died too, or if he’s letting his new wife mistreat Snow White.
The Disney version omits Snow White’s origins, setting up the scene by telling us that Snow White lives with her “Evil Stepmother”, who dresses Snow White in rags and makes her work as a “dishwasher”. There is no mention of Snow White’s parents in the Disney classic, leading viewers to assume that both parents are dead. Marie Ness with Thor suggested simplifying the story due to the time limit of 88 minutes.