Dorothy vs. Snow White.
Most people might think this is a minor point, but it does burn me
up to see such hogwash put out there in a movie review by someone who
obviously knows little about film history. In Kyle Buchanan's
review of Enchanted ["Final Fantasy," December 4], he states
that Walt Disney's animated musicals owe it all to MGM's The
Wizard of Oz. The truth is probably the other way around, as
Disney's Snow White came out two years before Dorothy's trip
down the yellow brick road. Snow White contains all the elements that
Buchanan purports Disney swiped from Oz: animal friends, diva
villainess, and the dreamer protagonist ("Someday My Prince Will
Come"). I don't know this for a fact, but the success of Snow
White probably made studios scramble for their own children's
fantasy film--perhaps giving the green light to Dorothy's saga. A
stronger case might be made that the Disney company has not come up with
anything innovative since Walt's death in 1967 and Enchanted might
be part of the recycling of Disney magic that has gone on since then.
RUSSELL P. PHELAN, Smallwood, N.Y.