Whether you just need a list of the names of the Seven Dwarfs or you want to know more about the Seven Dwarfs and how they all got their name, this is for you!
There so much to learn about the seven dwarfs and their names so let’s get started.
How the Dwarfs Got Started
Snow White was originally published in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm in their Grimm’s Fairy Tales collection. In the tale there were dwarfs but none of them had names.
The Seven Dwarfs Get Names
Fast forward a hundred years to 1912. Winthrop Ames produced a Broadway Play of Snow White in which he gave names to the dwarfs. Their names were Blick, Flick, Glick, Snick, Plick, Whick, and ….Quee. (Not Quick? Come on!)
Finally in the hands of Walt Disney
Now it’s 25 years later, 1937, and Walt Disney sets out to take Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the big screen with his very first animated movie. Unfortunately, it wasn’t without problems.
It took three years to create and though the movie was budgeted at $250,000, it ended up costing $1.5 million which was an astronomical amount of money in 1937!
In fact, at one point, Walt had to mortgage his home to pay for production costs. Even with all this time and money devoted to the movie, no one knew if it would become a flop or a hit.
It was called “Walt Disney’s Folly” by the critics before it’s release but after it came out, the rest, as they say, is history. It was a huge success and the money made from this wonderful motion picture provided the financial security for Walt to move forward with all his great efforts there after.
Renaming of the Seven Dwarfs
Walt knew that the movie would need to center around the dwarfs in order for it to work. The Witch was a villain, the Prince was only shown briefly and Snow White was sweet but lacked the charisma to hold an audience.
It needed to be the dwarfs and their great personalities that would make the movie, Magic! Walt decided to name each of the seven dwarfs by the personality each one possessed.
The long and tedious act of coming up with names ensued. Some potential names were: Burpy, Jumpy, Deafy, Dizzey, Hickey, Baldy, Gabby, Nifty, Sniffy, Swift, Lazy, Puffy, Stuffy, Tubby, Shorty, and Wheezy. This is just a few of the many names gone through before they reached the final seven…Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy and Dopey.
Names of the Seven Dwarfs
Doc, voiced by Roy Atwell in the movie, is the self proclaimed leader of the group. He is bossy and a bit absent minded but very lovable. Walt had commented that Doc’s flustered personality should be such that he needed his fellow dwarfs reminding him of things.
He gets tongue tied and looses his train of thought in mid sentences. All the other dwarfs follow his lead except Grumpy who often objects to things he says.
Bashful was voiced by Scotty Mattraw in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Shy and always blushing, Bashful likes to hide behind his beard when feeling embarrassed.
He obviously doesn’t like the center of attention but equally doesn’t like disappointing Snow White because he has a crush on her. When Snow White asked to share a story with the dwarfs, it was Bashful who wanted it to be a love story.
Happy always has a smile on his face. Voiced by Otis Harlan in the film, he is known for his joyous outlook of the world. Optimistic and jovial, he loves parties, food and dancing.
He was the only Dwarf to introduce himself to Snow White when they first met which shows his very social, extravert qualities. He is the most plump of all the Dwarfs and was originally cast to be a comically tragic character but that quickly changed into the bubbly sweet dwarf we see in the movie.
Sleepy was voiced by Sterling Holloway who is best know for the voice of Winnie the Pooh. Always yawning and looking for a chance to catch a few winks anywhere he can, Sleepy carries a laid back and relaxed personality.
He does work hard and can be pretty perceptive to things so don’t let the tiredness fool you into thinking he is lazy. The ongoing gag of a fly bothering him keeps an interesting gag throughout the movie.
Sneezy was voiced by Billy Gilbert. He sneezes because of hay fever according to Walt Disney. He speaks with a tone of having a stuffy nose and will erupt in uncontrollable bouts of sneezing at different times.
The other 6 dwarfs will help him out all they can to control his sneezing. Sneezy is one of the friendliest dwarfs and has a special bond with Dopey. That’s him under the coat with Dopey on his shoulders in the film.
Voiced by Pinto Colvig who was the original voice of Goofy, Grumpy is interestingly enough the 2nd most popular dwarf, next to Dopey. He’s grouchy, overbearing and has a short-fuse but deep down he possesses a warm heart.
Often portrayed with a scowl and folding his arms together he can become annoyed at the others very quickly. Even though he denied having a soft spot for Snow White, it was Grumpy that lead the others on the quest to rescue her.
One of the best Grumpy scene in the movie when Snow White say, “Why Grumpy, you do care” and tries to kiss him. For a split second, his true heart shows through, but unfortunately it reverts back to his ornery self almost immediately.
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Dopey doesn’t ever speak in the film. He is the most loved of all the dwarfs and he gets his name because of his silly antics.
Often annoying the others, especially Grumpy and Doc, Dopey is like a toddler in which much of his shenanigans are ignored. He is always recognized by his big purple cap and over sized lime green tunic and is the only dwarf without a beard.
One final interesting note. Even though Dopey doesn’t speak, he has some vocal effects throughout the movie which were done by the legendary Mel Blanc, voice of Bugs Bunny.