Original ’Snow White’ Artwork Reveals Rejected Dwarfs Deafy, Baldy and More

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Courtesy Everett Collection

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to to the cutting room floor they go! Original drawings of the dwarves from Disney’s 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were recently up for auction — and they reveal a few extra characters that didn’t make the cut.

The artwork collection, which consisted of 400 original drawings from the animated movie, was sold by Bonhams auction house in New York.

The final seven — Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey — were chosen out of many potential dwarves. Some of the rejected (and potentially offensive) dwarves were Baldy, Deafy, Jumpy, Wheezy, Tubby and Sniffy, according to a press release from Bonhams.

The concept sketches, done by famed Disney artist Albert Hurter, show Deafy — clad in a green tunic and pants, orange scarf and red hat — cupping his ear and straining to hear. In another drawing, Baldy looks somewhat reminiscent of Santa Claus with a red suit and white beard as he tries to cover up his bald head with a hat.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was Walt Disney’s first animated feature-length film, and he personally chose the final lineup of dwarves.

“I think the guys at Disney will be relieved that the names of the dwarves were changed at the last minute,” said Catherine Williamson, director of entertainment memorabilia at Bonhams, according to The Guardian. “The great thing about the names they used is that they’re not just physical references, they’re emotional. It’s good that they made it more about personality than physicality.” 

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