Ok, so we start off my project paying tribute to the Disney Canon by mentioning our first forgotten/minor character from Disney’s 1937 hit, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”: Humbert the Huntsman!
Now, obviously the first thing that stands out is his name, Humbert! His name is never given in the film, but as is the case with many animated films, most characters are given names in the drawing process even if they don’t make it into the script. For example, the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast” was named Adam, the Satanic creature in “Fantasia” was referred to as Chernabog, and even the evil Queen of this film was named Queen Grimhilde!
Now the next thing that you may be thinking to yourself is that the Huntsman isn’t really all that forgotten or minor. And yes, I’ll have to agree with you on that, but I had to choose him because pretty much all the other characters were more memorable: Snow White, the Evil Queen, the Dwarves, the Prince, the animals, and the raven. So, the Huntsman was the least memorable of the set.
And yes, he is minor in terms of the length of his appearance, but in terms of being crucial to the story, he is quite important. He’s the one to whom the Queen commands to kill Snow White. Reluctantly he agrees and is almost about to, but his conscience gives in and he tells Snow White to flee. Had he done the deed, Snow White would be dead, she’d never have met the Dwarfs, the Queen wouldn’t have to transform into an old crony, the Prince would never have married Snow White, and the movie would have been over in 15 minutes!
So yes, Humbert the Huntsman was pretty important to the story, although minor in remembrance and short in appearance of this film. So that’s why I choose him as my candidate for a forgotten/minor character in Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” If only someone would make a movie about this character…
Oh, yeah, forgot about that!
15 thoughts on “Disney Canon-Forgotten/Minor Characters #1: Humbert the Huntsman”
Wow, the Beast’s name was Adam?! I always wondered about that, since even Belle calls him “Beast”.
Yeah, I always thought the Huntsman was pretty cool. I wonder where he got that pig’s heart from, though. I hope it wasn’t from a cute little wild piglet, or something…You know that in the original Grimm fairy tale, after the huntsman gives the Queen that heart, which she thinks is Snow White’s, she eats it. Which is a little disgusting, but exactly what you expect from the Brothers Grimm.
I wonder why Walt left that little detail out…?
Walt scared us enough with the witch I guess, lol!
It’s actually in the history. the Evil Queen shows the heart to the Magic Mirror. But you’re right, Walt don’t showed the pig being hunted and/or the Queen eating the heart,because it would scary and he don’t wanted the movie to be long (he cutted some scenes of the dwarfs and one with the Queen preparing the poison for the Poisoned Apple with The Raven always watching).
Oh, talking about the Raven, i think he’s a forgotten character, They never revealed what happened to him and the Spirit of Magic Mirror.
Sorry for my bad english. 🙂
Yeah, the Raven would also be a good forgotten/minor character. Thanks for commenting!
You know, you should have gone for Snow White’s father…because he is such a mystery. Is he dead, of for war, uncaring? The inquisitive mind wants to know….
The problem was that for the first 11 movies of the Disney Canon, I didn’t re-watch them and relied mostly on memory. And it was only from “Cinderella” onwards that I started re-watching the films for this project and I greatly regret not doing it for the first 11!
I like your blogs. They have brought some old memories.
Thanks! Disney has that perpetual, nostalgic feeling to it!
I just came across your blog and it is awesome!! Excited to check out other posts around here!!
Glad you found it and please enjoy all the other posts!
how old is he
Good question…I’m guessing in his 40s?
Other characters I can think of whose names aren’t included in the scripts include Kashekim Nedakh (the king of Atlantis), Sarafina (who, I acknowledge, was mentioned before), and Glut (the shark who chases after Ariel and Flounder).
In any event, I greatly appreciate SNOW WHITE for the role it plays in the history of animation (Disney, especially), and it boasts a great villainess, a strong supporting cast (primarily the Dwarfs), and some catchy songs. Unfortunately, the way that they handled Snow White, herself, bothers me in several ways. For one thing, she’s far too reactive; for another, she doesn’t seem to be the most intelligent of the Disney heroines (Cinderella would be the first as such, followed by pretty much all of the heroines of the Renaissance and Revival). Furthermore, the voice that Adriana Caselotti used for her sounds so sickeningly saccharine. And, to add insult to injury, the romance between her and the Prince (who has absolutely NO personality, at ALL!) isn’t believable.
Oh, well; not every film can be perfect…
I personally have no problem with Snow White. I always liked her voice and didn’t know people didn’t like it until I got older. And her and the Prince’s romance seemed believable to me for the time. And she is definitely one of the younger princesses so she’s as smart as I expect her to be, especially in the situations she was in.