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Snow White Movies 2012: Who's the Fairest of Them All

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2012 was the year where movie buffs get to see several adaptations of Snow White fairy tale

2012 was the year where movie buffs get to see several adaptations of Snow White fairy tale

Several Snow White Movies in 2012

As we all know, 2012 was the Chinese Year of the Dragon AND was also the Year of Snow White.

It was the year where the dragon brought in six adaptions of Snow White to appease the movie buffs. Yes, there were six versions of Snow Whites movies in 2012. Five were for theatrical release, and the other, a television series version.

If that was not enough, Disney was to release another retelling of Snow White in 2013 but is now scrapped and production has completely stopped.

Let's take a quick look at all these six Snow White versions and check who is the fairest of them all.

Snow White in 'Mirror Mirror' (Film)

Mirror Mirror opened with a dismal box office take of $18 million and with bad reviews. It had Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Lily Collins as Snow White, and Armie Hammer as Prince Alcott. Despite being visually stunning and receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design, the film only earned worldwide gross sales of $162,700,692 on a working budget of $85 m.

Everyone was expecting a much better version from director Tarsem Singh. Having helmed the critically acclaimed 'The Fall,' and 'The Cell', his Snow White version in Mirror Mirror failed to move the tale forward and has not enough depth to set it apart.

In this comic retelling of the Snow White story, the Evil Queen mercilessly ruled her seized kingdom after the mysterious disappearance of the king. The people were taxed cruelly and Snow White was hidden away in the castle until she's 18. When Snow White escaped to the village, she met Prince Alcott, fell for him, and later, met again at the Royal Ball.

Snow White Magic Mirror

The Evil Queen, who is now financially broke, planned to marry the rich prince. She has the Magic Mirror's love potion to make Prince Alcott fall in love with her. Snow White, being in the way, was to be killed but escaped and stumbled upon the seven dwarfs.

Snow White later became a bandit and with the help of seven gutsy dwarfs, fought to reclaim her birthright, and of course, wins Prince Charming as well.

Mirror Mirror may not be the fairest of them all but it was still watched-able.

Main Cast of Mirror Mirror

  • Lily Collins as Snow White.
  • Julia Roberts is Queen Clementianna, the evil stepmother.
  • Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott.
  • Nathan Lane as Brighton, the Queen's sidekick.
  • Sean Bean as the King, Snow White's father that went missing.
  • The 7 Dwarfs: Danny Woodburn, Sebastian Saraceno, Jordan Prentice, Mark Povinelli, Joe Gnoffo, Ronald Lee Clark, and Martin Klebba

Movie Info

  • PG-rated
  • Film length: 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Director: Tarsem Singh
  • Writers: Melisa Wallack, Marc Klein and Jason Keller
  • Released in the USA on Mar 30, 2012
  • Produced and released by: Relativity Media
  • Budget: $85,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross worldwide: $183,018,522

Editorial Review

Mirror Mirror is a film that's all picture and no propulsion, each scene static in a basic set-decoration color scheme of teabag and banana.

— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Lily Collins as Snow White in Mirror, Mirror. Probably the prettiest of all the six versions of Snow White released in 2012

Lily Collins as Snow White in Mirror, Mirror. Probably the prettiest of all the six versions of Snow White released in 2012

Snow White in 'Snow White and the Huntsman' (2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman was released on June 1st, 2012 in the USA and one day earlier in parts of Asia and Europe. For some unknown reasons, it was released two days earlier in Egypt. Anticipation was high for this movie version to be a better and grittier film, and in fact, it was.

This Lord of the Rings-style film, however, opened to mixed reviews but was a box office success. It raked in $20.3 million on the first day of opening in 3,772 theaters in the U.S. Worldwide, it took in $39.3 million for first-day screening. Gross worldwide sales stood at $401.3 against a budget of $170 m.

In this retelling of the Snow White tale, the Evil Queen, played by Charlize Theron, arranged for the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to kill Snow White (Kristen Stewart), the only person in the fabled land that is more beautiful than her. Things got complicated and instead, the Huntsman ended up being Snow White's defender and mentor. Together they joined forces to defeat the Evil Queen.

Most of the reviews were in praise of Charlize Theron's performance and generally credited her for 'saving the film'. Generally, all reviewers agreed that the film did not fully exploit the story's full potential. Washington Post, in its review, wrote; "is visually stunning, but lacks emotional sweep". Nevertheless, they all agreed that it was better than 'Mirror Mirror'.

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Main Cast of Snow White and the Huntsman

  • Kristen Stewart as Snow White (Raffey Cassidy as young Snow White)
  • Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna, the evil stepmother (Izzy Meikle-Small as young Ravenna)
  • Chris Hemsworth as Eric the Huntsman
  • Sam Claflin as William ( Xavier Atkins as young William)
  • Sam Spruell as Finn, Ravenna's brother (Elliot Reeve as young Finn)
  • The 8 Dwarfs: Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Johnny Harris, and Brian Gleeson

Sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman

The Huntsman: Winter's War, both a prequel and sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman was released in 2016. Although many reviewers agreed that this prequel/sequel is an improvement over the first film, it was a box office disappointment. The gross worldwide earning was only $164,989,338, lower than the first film. However, the production budget is lower at $115 million.

Snow White and the Huntsman 3

Will there be a third Huntsman movie? There was a gap of four years between the first and second Huntsman, and we are now more than five years after Huntsman 2 was released. So, if you are expecting 'Snow White and the Huntsman 3', most probably the trilogy probably ended with Huntsman 2.

Movie Info

  • Rated PG-13
  • Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Film Length: 2h 7 min
  • Released in the US on June 1st, 2012
  • Budget: $170 million
  • Earnings: $401.3 million worldwide
  • Directed by: Rupert Sanders
  • Written by: Evan Daugherty
  • Universal Pictures

Editorial Review

Rupert Sanders' vision of enchantment is a Thomas Kinkade painting brought to life.

— Pat Padua, Washington Post

Not sure about you, but Kristen Stewart as Snow White?

Not sure about you, but Kristen Stewart as Snow White?

Snow White and the Huntsman Trailer

Snow White in 'Snow White: A Deadly Summer'

Technically, there are only three big-screen film versions of Snow White for 2012; Mirror Mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Blancanieves.

The film, Snow White: A Deadly Summer was a straight-to-DVD release and not a theatrical release, and you should be thankful for that!

Director David DeCoteau's modern retelling of the Snow White tale was nowhere near the classic fairy tale. The only connection was the heroine's name, Snow White

In this version, Snow White (Shanley Caswell) was a disturbed young girl who got sent to a boot camp for troubled teens, by her evil stepmother. Of course, the evil stepmother consulted the mirror that convinced her that as long as Snow White is in the house, the rich husband would not give all his love and wealth to her.

Following the tradition of the Snow White fable tale, seven other troubled teens were already in the disciplinary camp. Then, there was also the old story of some kids who had died there.

Things did not seem right at the camp as the teens got murdered, one by one. Snow White had to find the reason before she too became a victim.

This was supposed to be a horror-thriller but there is no blood, no gore, and no excitement. It was lame and tame.

So, save your valuable time by doing other things instead of watching this film.

However, if you insist, then you can rent or buy the DVD that went on sale on March 20th, 2012.

Snow White A Deadly Summer Cast

  • Shanley Caswell as Snow
  • Maureen McCormick as Eve, the evil stepmother
  • Eric Roberts as Grant, the father
  • Tim Abell as Hunter
  • R.J Cantu as Bob
  • Chelsea Rae Bernier as Lauren
  • Chase Bennett as Cole

Movie Info

  • Rated PG13
  • Genre Horror
  • Film Length: 1h 23min
  • Released: 2012
  • Starred Eric Roberts, Maureen McCormick, Shanley Caswell.
  • Budget: $1million
  • Writer: Barbara Kymlicka
  • Production Company: Hybrid, Rapid Heart Pictures

Editorial Review

If I didn't know the director was responsible for dozens of movies like this one, I'd have thought this was made by high school kids when they didn't want to take shop class.

— Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures/RottenTomatoes

Shanley Caswell was 20 years old when she acted in Snow White: A Deadly Summer and as one reviewer put it "the acting seems uniformly atrocious"

Shanley Caswell was 20 years old when she acted in Snow White: A Deadly Summer and as one reviewer put it "the acting seems uniformly atrocious"

Snow White: A Deadly Summer, film that is set in present day

Snow White: A Deadly Summer, film that is set in present day

Snow White in 'Once Upon A Time' - an ABC Television series

Once Upon A Time, a weekly television series was not released in 2012, but on November 6, 2011, on the ABC television network in the USA. For the rest of the world, it was only available in 2012.

In this version, the Evil Queen casts an evil charm that takes away the memories of everyone in the fairy tale land, and sends them to planet earth, to be exact Storybrooke, Maine. However, the Evil Queen and a few others were fortunate enough to still have memories of their past.

All the people in Storybrooke are fairy tale characters that are under the Evil Queen’s spell. Emma, the long-lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, was the only one who could break this spell and save them all.

As the story unfolds; intermingling scenes in Storybrooke and the character's past lives in the fairy tale land, the fight between the good and the bad continues.

This series stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard, Jennifer Morrison as the daughter Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as The Evil Queen/Regina Mills, and Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David Nolan

Once Upon A Time - Season 2

Season 2 of Once Upon a Time premiered on September 30, 2012. As in Season 1, Season 2 had the storyline interspersed between Storybrooke and the fairy-tale world.

The main characters from Season 1 were back in Season 2. These include characters from the fairy-tale world; Red Riding Hood, Belle, Mad Hatter, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio, the 7-Dwarfs, and Blue Fairy.

New fairy tale characters that were introduced for Season 2 were Princess Aurora, Mulan, Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Prince Phillip, Sir Lancelot, and Giant from Jack & the Beanstalk.

Once Upon A Time - Season 3

The first half of Season 3 premiered in September 2013 in the USA and the second half in March 2014.

The story revolved around the main characters' journey to Neverland from Storybrooke to find the kidnapped Henry Mills from Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.

Overall, the Once Upon a Time series was met with positive reviews from critics and viewers alike. Reviewers liked the unpredictable storylines and the effective flash-forward technique used in telling the story.

The series went on to Season 7 and the last episode, E22, was aired on May 18, 2018.

Main Cast of Once Upon A Time

  • Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard
  • Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan
  • Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina Mills
  • Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David Nolan
  • Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin
  • Jamie Dornan as the Huntsman

Movie Info

  • Runtime: 42min per episode
  • Release Date: November 6, 2011 (United States)
  • Director: Dean White
  • Writers: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Liz Tigelaa

Editorial Review

It's cheesy, it's overblown, it's got Robert Carlyle smothered in glitter playing Rumpelstiltskin – what's not to love about ABC's Once Upon a Time?

— Mathilda Gregory, The Guardian

Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White in Once Upon a Time. A bit too old for Snow White?

Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White in Once Upon a Time. A bit too old for Snow White?

Grimm's Snow White 2012

Here is another straight-to-DVD and Blu-ray production that was released on March 13, 2012, three months earlier than Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror so as to capitalize on their marketing blitz.

This version of Grimm's Snow White had the King mysteriously killed by ferocious beasts. Of course, the evil Queen then takes over the kingdom, plans for her stepdaughter to be killed who somehow manages to escape into the Enchanted Forest where she found sanctuary with some reluctant elves.

This adaption also has dragons and elves. Since it is a low-budget production, don’t expect magical CGI dragons and canine beasts or breathtaking costumes.

Grimm's Snow White Cast

  • Eliza Bennett as Snow White
  • Jane March as Queen Gwendolyn
  • Jamie Thomas King as Prince Alexander
  • Eberhard Wagner as the King
  • Otto Jankovich as Hugh the Advisor
  • Ben Maddox as Huntsman Beasley
  • The Elves: David Heissig, Sonja Chan, Lucius Wolter, David Szalai, Sarah Xiao Mingruber, and Enis Bunjaku

Movie Info

  • Released Date: March 13, 2012 (United States)
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Film Length: 1h 30min
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
  • Director: Rachel Lee Goldenberg
  • Writers: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm and Naomi L. Selfman
  • Stars: Eliza Bennett, Jane March, Jamie Thomas King
  • Production Companies: The Asylum, The Institution

Editorial Review

I could list all the things wrong with this movie, but I'd be here all day. I would not recommend this movie at all.

— M. Hart on Amazon

Grimm's Snow White's version had a  love triangle between Snow White, the evil Queen and Prince Charming

Grimm's Snow White's version had a love triangle between Snow White, the evil Queen and Prince Charming


This is a Spanish retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs set in 1920s Seville. In this version, ‘Snow White’ is a female bullfighter.

Encarna, the evil stepmother, arranges for ‘Snow White’ to be killed but she escapes. A group of bullfighting dwarfs later found her but she suffers from amnesia. Not knowing her background and name, they nicknamed her Blancanieves (Snow White). In one unplanned incident, she showed her talent as a bullfighter.

This version has a poisoned apple, but no magic mirror and no handsome prince.

The film was shot in color but desaturated to black & white in post-production to appear like a black-and-white silent film.

Cast of Blancanieves

  • Macarena García as Carmen/Blancanieves (Sofía Oria as little Carmen)
  • Daniel Giménez Cacho as Antonio Villalta, Blancanieves' father
  • Maribel Verdú is Encarna, the evil stepmother
  • Ángela Molina as Doña Concha, Blancanieves' grandmother
  • Pere Ponce as Genaro Bilbao, Encarna's chauffeur
  • Inma Cuesta as Carmen de Triana, Blancanieves' mother
  • Emilio Gavira as Jesusín ("Grumpy")

Film Info

  • Release Date: Theatrical release on September 28, 2012 (Spain)
  • Runtime: 1h 44min
  • Color: Black and White
  • Sound Mix: Silent
  • Director: Pablo Berger
  • Writers: Pablo Berger, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Earnings: Gross worldwide $2,585,522
  • Production Companies: Arcadia Motion Pictures, Sisifo Films, AIE, Nix Films

Editorial Review

“Blancanieves” never quite achieves the uncanny, haunting intensity of the silent films it so studiously and lovingly mimics.

— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Blancanieves, the 2012 Spanish black-and-white silent film based on Snow White fairy tale

Blancanieves, the 2012 Spanish black-and-white silent film based on Snow White fairy tale

Snow White in Disney's The Order of the Seven Movie

Disney started developing this project in 2002 which was initially called Snow and the Seven. It is now known as The Order of the Seven and was to be released in 2013.

Unfortunately, Disney announced that the project was scrapped and had to stop production.

Disney's original retelling of the much-loved Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fable goes to the far east for inspiration. It was supposed to be a martial arts theme film version.

In this story, an English girl returned to Hong Kong for her father's funeral and discovered her stepmother's evil plot to kill her. She escaped to China and together with the seven warriors, fought to regain her destiny. Saoirse Ronan was slated for the leading role.

Saoirse Ronan was slated to star in Disney's Order of the Seven

Saoirse Ronan was slated to star in Disney's Order of the Seven

Who's the Fairest of Them All

So, which of these six (we have to exclude Disney's version) Snow White 2012 movie versions is your vote for the best and fairest of all?

My vote is for the 'Once Upon A Time' series. What's yours?

Cast your vote now.

Your Vote on Snow White Movies 2012

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Mazlan A


Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on June 14, 2012:

@mizjo, yes you are right. Disney's Snow White is still the best. Despite all the fantastic computer graphics and special effects in all these 2012 versions, it pales in comparison to Disney's. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

mizjo from New York City, NY on June 13, 2012:

Hello, Greatstuff, an engaging review. Somehow I don't think you can beat Disney's originals on any fairy tale. His works retain all the innocence and charm inherent in fairy tale characters. No matter Hollywood's extravaganzas, they can't improve on perfection. Great hub.

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on June 09, 2012:

@Suelynn, Yes I tend to agree with you, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is still the best. I saw Snow White & the Huntsman; was disappointed with the overall story and ending. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

Suelynn from Manitoba, Canada on June 09, 2012:

Hi Greatstuff: A comprehensive comparison and well done. You should include a poll at the end so people can vote. My favorite is still Disney's classic for kids, but I did enjoy "Mirror, Mirror." I have not seen a few of the movies you mentioned above. Voted up and interesting.

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