Thursday, 21 June 2012

Snow White and the multitude of Dwarfs

I recently read a really interesting book about cartoon animation called Cartoon Monickers: An Insight Into the Animation Industry by Walter Brasch. In it I discovered a list of the possible names that Walt Disney and his people considered for the Seven Dwarfs before settling on Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Dopey, Bashful and Doc. The list included:

Awful (my favourite!), Baldy, Bashful, Biggo-Ego, Burpy, Daffy, Deafy, Dippy, Dirty, Dizzy, Doleful, Dopey, Dumpy,Flabby, Gabby, Grumpy, Hickey, Hoppy, Hotsy and Hungry ...

... Jaunty, Jumpy, Lazy, Neurtsy (?), Nifty, Puffy, Sappy, Scrappy, Shifty, Shorty, Silly, Sleepy, Snappy, Sneezy, Sneezy-Wheezy, Sniffy, Snoopy and Soulful ...

... Strutty, Stuffy, Swifty, Tearful, Thrifty, Weepy, Wheezy, Wistful and Woeful.

Too good not to doodle!

But no Pervy, Gropey, Farty, Twattish, Drunky, Wanky or Sinful? What a missed opportunity.

And now that I come to think about it, I remember reading a paperback in my teens about the making of Star Trek (the original series) and discovering that one of the possible names for Leonard Nimoy's character was Spunc or Spunk.

What a different character he would have been.

'We come in peace ...' 

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