SNOW WHITE AND SIGMUND FREUD
As the 1930s wound down, serious movie buffs were raving over the splendours of Gone With The Wind at the Metro Theatre. On the other side of Albert St, hordes were packing into the St James to gawk at the hand-animated wonders of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney’s first feature-length blockbuster. So be it, but Brissie moralists (yeah, we had them back then) carped on about fascinating elements of the story: an evil queen hopelessly in love with her mirror image, a hitman huntsman, an ugly witch (armed with a poisoned apple and who’s a homicidal maniac), a haunted forest, seven cute little blokes who happily share the same bedroom, and a randy prince with instant hots for the gorgeous bullied princess.
The moralists drew a blank (not like today).
“Us kids” sang Heigh-Ho all the way home in the tram, and Disney broke box office records. Yeah, baby.