Dopey dwarf became famous in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which made history as the first full-length animated film and the first feature film from Walt Disney Productions.
Adjusted for inflation, this movie continues to be the highest-grossing animated film of all time. You’ve probably seen this movie featuring the young princess Snow White and the family of dwarfs that she befriends after fleeing from the evil Queen, but how much do you know about the most popular dwarf of them all, Dopey?
Dopey Dwarf Is Added to the 7 Dwarfs
In the early stages of making Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dopey was known as only “The Seventh.” Dopey’s personality was created late in production and became the adorable dwarf we all know and love today!
Dopey Snow White is the only of the seven dwarfs who does not speak. Happy tells Snow White, “He don’t talk none!” and instead of talking, Dopey communicates through pantomiming.
Dopey’s Character Traits
Even though he has no speech in the movies, he does make some vocal sounds. These sounds were provided by Mel Blanc, the legendary voice actor who is also known for voicing Bugs Bunny. He gets his name from this, as well as his silly personality.
Once he finally got his name from Walt Disney, the animators working on the project were against it because they felt like “dopey” was such a modern term, and it would be out of place in the classic fairy tale world of Snow White and Dopey.
Walt Disney was finally able to convince his team to use the name by telling them that the word “dopey” was actually used by William Shakespeare, which was not true!
Dopey seven dwarfs is the youngest in the family of dwarfs, and he often becomes a joke to the others. He especially annoys the most serious dwarf, Doc, and the crankiest dwarf, Grumpy.
On top of being the youngest dwarf and acting the youngest, he also looks much younger than the others. He is the only dwarf who does not have a beard and is completely bald.
Additionally, unlike the other dwarf from Snow White who has dark eyes, Dopey has baby blue eyes that he likes to flash lovingly at Snow White.
Dopey Dwarf’s Appearances
After stealing the scene in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney Dopey appeared in a handful of other Disney projects, such as the short The Winged Scourge, the animated series The 7D, and a cameo in the movie The Lion King 1 1/2.
Dopey was even considered for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” portion of Fantasia before Mickey Mouse ultimately got the role!
In the Disney amusement parks, Dopey is the dwarf that can most likely be found. Dopey will often be beside Snow White because he is the most popular of the dwarfs.
He can also be found as an animatronic in Walt Disney World’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Disneyland’s Snow White’s Scary Adventure.
He has also made appearances in popular shows such as Fantasmic!, the Festival of Fantasy, One Man’s Dream II: The Magic Lives On!, and Mickey’s Storybook Express.