Snow White Paper Toy
Posted on Jul 22 2012 at 10:18:47 PM in Artists
This manga / anime series, the papercraft is designed by Toy a Day. Snow White is a German fairy tale known in many countries in Europe, the best known version being the German one collected by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. The German version features such elements as the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the seven dwarfs, who were first given individual names in the Broadway play Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and then given different names in Walt Disney’s 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The Grimm story, which is commonly referred to as “Snow White”, should not be confused with the story of “Snow White and Rose Red”, another fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. In the Aarne-Thompson folklore classification, tales of this kind are grouped together as type 709, Snow White. Others of this kind include “Bella Venezia”, “Myrsina”, “Nourie Hadig” and “Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree”.
Once upon a time, as a Queen sits sewing at her window, she pricks her finger on her needle and three drops of blood fall on the snow that had fallen on her ebony window frame. As she looks at the blood on the snow, she says to herself, “Oh, how I wish that I had a daughter that had skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony”. Soon after that, the Queen gives birth to a baby girl who has skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony. They name her Princess Snow White, and soon after, the Queen dies.
Soon after, the King takes a new wife, who is beautiful but also very vain. The new Queen possesses a mirror, an animate object that answers any question, to whom she often asks: “Magic mirror on the wall / Who is the fairest of them all?”. The mirror always replies, “You, my Queen, are fairest of all.” But, when Snow White reaches the age of seven, she becomes as beautiful as the day, and when the Queen asks her mirror, it responds: “Queen, you are full fair, it is true, but Snow White is fairer than you.” In another version of the tale, the mirror simply replies: “Snow White is the fairest of them all.”
The Queen becomes jealous and orders a huntsman to take Snow White into the woods to be killed. She demands as proof that Snow White is dead, he return with her lungs and liver (in other versions her heart). The huntsman takes Snow White into the forest; after raising his knife, he finds himself unable to kill her, as he has fallen deeply in love with her. Instead, he lets her go, telling her to flee and hide from the Queen. He then brings the Queen the lungs and liver of a boar, which is prepared by the cook and eaten by the Queen.
In the forest, Snow White discovers a tiny cottage belonging to a group of seven dwarves, where she rests. There, the dwarves take pity on her, saying “If you will keep house for us, and cook, make beds, wash, sew, and knit, and keep everything clean and orderly, then you can stay with us, and you shall have everything that you want.” They warn her to take care, to let no one in when they are away delving in the mountains. Meanwhile, the Queen asks her mirror once again, “Who is the fairest of them all?” She is horrified to learn that Snow White is not only alive and well, residing with dwarves, but is still the fairest of them all.
Three times, the Queen disguises herself and visits the dwarves’ cottage while they are away in an attempt to kill Snow White. First disguised as an old peddler, the Queen offers colourful stay-laces and laces them so tight that Snow White faints, causing the Queen to leave her for dead. However, Snow White revives when the dwarves loosen the laces. Next, the Queen dresses as a different old woman and brushes Snow White’s hair with a poisoned comb. Snow White again faints but again is saved by the dwarves. Finally, the Queen makes a poisoned apple, and in the disguise of a farmer’s wife, offers it to Snow White. She is hesitant to accept it, so the Queen cuts the apple in half, eating the white part and giving the poisoned red part to Snow White. She eagerly takes a bite and falls into a state of suspended animation. This time, the dwarves are unable to revive her, and assuming that she is dead, place her in a glass coffin.
Time passes, and a Prince travelling through the land sees Snow White. He strides to her coffin, and enchanted by her beauty, instantly falls in love with her. The dwarves succumb to his entreaties to let him have the coffin, and as his servants carry the coffin away, they stumble on some roots. This causes the piece of poisoned apple to dislodge from Snow White’s throat, awakening her. The Prince then declares his love for her, and soon a wedding is planned.
The vain Queen, still believing that Snow White is dead, again asks her magical mirror who is the fairest in the land. Yet again the mirror disappoints her by responding, “You, my Queen, are fair; it is true. But the young Queen is a thousand times fairer than you.”
Not knowing that this new queen was indeed her stepdaughter, she arrives at the wedding, and her heart fills with the deepest of dread when she realises the truth. As punishment for her wicked ways, a pair of heated iron shoes are brought forth with tongs and placed before the Queen. She is then forced to step into the iron shoes and to dance until she drops dead.
You can download the paper craft here: Snow White Free Paper Toy Download