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Meet The Seven Dwarfs

Updated on June 12, 2015
Meet the Seven Dwarfs
Meet the Seven Dwarfs

Who Are Walt Disney's Seven Dwarfs?

If you are not already familiar with Snow White's Seven Dwarfs, you will be when you leave this page.

You will be a little richer in the history and lore of Walt Disney's first full-length animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and you will have a better idea of exactly who these seven little guys are.

In addition, if you are looking for an easy way to remember their names, you will have a secret memory device for remembering them.

The trick?

To keep track of all seven dwarfs, you must simply remember that there are two that begin with an S, two that begin with a D and three that are 'emotions.'

That is:

Two S's: SLEEPY and SNEEZY,

Two D's: DOPEY and DOC and

Three emotions: HAPPY, BASHFUL, and GRUMPY.

Got it? Good. There will be a test in a minute.


The Forest Scene as depicted on this genuine 1937 movie poster was painted by Gustaf Tenggren.

Picture courtesy of eBay seller cinemasterpieces.

Before you read on, pause and see if you can name all seven of Snow White's dwarfs.

Meet The Seven Dwarfs in the Original 1937 Movie Trailer - In which Walt Disney personally introduces us to the 7 dwarfs.

Snow White's Seven Dwarfs by Jim Shore
Snow White's Seven Dwarfs by Jim Shore | Source

Meet Snow White's Seven Dwarfs

  • DOC, voiced by Roy Atwell, was the unofficial leader of the seven dwarfs. The only dwarf with glasses, he has long white hair and a beard. Presumably the glasses were to make him seem the most intellectual of the bunch.

  • SNEEZY was played by Billy Gilbert. When he sneezes, he really sneezes and can move even heavy objects that are in his path when he lets a sneeze loose. He spends much of his time trying to block a sneeze (with his finger under his nose) but you know, he really cannot help sneezing. He once said, "I can't tell. When you gotta, you gotta." He, too, sports long white hair and beard.

  • DOPEY was played by Eddie Collins and 'voiced' by Mel Blanc, although he never spoke. He is, as Walt Disney himself said, "nice but sort of silly." Notably, he is the only dwarf without a beard and the only dwarf completely bald. The youngest dwarf, he is considered by many to be both the sweetest and silliest.

  • GRUMPY, voiced by Pinto Olvig, initially does not care for Snow White taking up residence in their home and said, "Angel, ha! She's a female! And all females is poison! They're full of wicked wiles!" Later, however, he leads the other dwarfs to save her. Defintely the grouchiest, he is, in the end, truly devoted to Snow White. He, too, sports long white hair and a beard.

  • HAPPY, played by Otis Harlan, is usually happy and usually seen laughing. He is rather round, with long white hair and beard.

  • SLEEPY, voiced by Pinto Colvig, is the tired dwarf and, lacking in energy, has the least to say of all them. Sports long white hair and a beard and always has a heavy lidded, tired look.

  • BASHFUL was played by Scotty Mattraw. Bashful is the final dwarf in this list and yes, he has long white hair and a beard. He is shy and easily embarrassed, especially when attention is on him and often seen in the typical pose we associate with someone who is shy. However, even a bashful guy can fall for a girl..."She's beautiful. Just like a... angel!"

Disney Traditions by Jim Shore Seven Dwarfs Walking Over Fallen Log Figurine
Disney Traditions by Jim Shore Seven Dwarfs Walking Over Fallen Log Figurine

The Seven Dwarfs Heigh-Ho Song & Video - "We dig dig dig dig dig dig dig in the mines the whole day long!"

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Soundtrack
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Soundtrack

The 7 Dwarfs Music

On the original, remastered movie soundtrack from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Two of my favorite songs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are sang by the dwarfs themselves. Those songs define the movie and Disney for me. Can you guess what songs they are? If you guessed Whistle While You Work and Heigh-Ho, you guessed correctly.

The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs soundtrack was released in 1938 and was the first ever commercially available soundtrack. The songs were written by Frank Churchill and Leigh Harline and the score was composed by Paul J. Smith, Albert Hay Malotte and Milt Franklyn.

This is a movie sountrack that is firmly planted in the minds of many like myself who grew up watching Snow White. It has stood the test of time.

Click here to read more about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the soundtrack on Amazon.

The seven dwarfs helped Walt Disney receive his first Oscar. It came, appropriately, in the form of one large and seven 'dwarf' statuettes.

Walt Disney With Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Oscar
Walt Disney With Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Oscar

Which Dwarf is the most popular? - An informal survey.

The only reference to the most popular dwarf that I have stumbled across points to Dopey but I know that the answer to a survey in my household would result in a different result than that so, just for fun, let's have an informal survey right here on this page to determine which of Snow White's seven dwarfs is the most popular of them all...someone else closely associated with the dwarfs takes the title of the fairest one of all, despite the objections of the evil Queen.

Which of the seven dwarfs is your favorite?

See results

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Did you grow up with the Snow White and her seven dwarfs?

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      shelly-crosby-967 4 years ago

      Wow amazing information on this site. I love Disney and now I share it all with my daughter.

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      toddhs 4 years ago

      I have grown up as a Disney freak... All things Disney. And the older I get the more I become Grumpy.

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 6 years ago

      Yep. loved it as a kid - it was (I think) the second movie I ever went to see, and nowadays we watch it regularly with my kids.

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Delightful! Thanks for including Walt. I used to wear a "snow white" outfit to work. Every once in a while a true fan would "get" it, and we'd share the fun. LOL!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There never will be a story like Snow-White and the seven dwarfs, just like Cinderella is my favourite, Snow White remains my favourite too.

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      Yes, it's a classic and a favorite.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love learning more about the movie and the seven dwarfs. Fun page and excellent series!

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      Snow White is still a fabulous movie! But I had to giggle when I noticed the little plug for movies in general on the Snow White movie poster: "The Miracle of the Movies! Coming to amaze you, charm you, thrill you!" (And, appropriately, my security word for entering this comment is "gigglegeek.")

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      I love the 7 Dwarfs. They always make me smile!