In nearly every version of Snow White, the eponymous character is a princess with some very delicate characteristics. She sort of stumbles through the forest and is saved by a huntsman who cannot bring himself to kill her. When she realizes she cannot go home, she is saved by dwarves who feed her and put a roof over her head. The Evil Queen tricks Snow White into taking a bite of a poisoned apple that puts her to sleep, and a prince kisses her and saves her life.
In Snow White and the Huntsman, Snow White faces her enemies head-on, though she still gets a lot of help.
Filming and the stars of Snow White and the Huntsman
The three main characters of Snow White and the Huntsman are Snow White, Eric the Huntsman and Ravenna, the sorceress of the Dark Army. Ravenna is also the Evil Queen. Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame plays Snow White. Eric is played by Chris Helmsworth, who starred as the title character in Thor. Ravenna is played by Charlize Theron, an Academy Award-winning actress.
Filming for Snow White and the Huntsman took place in the United Kingdom. They used Marloes Sands for beach scenery and a nearby island for the castle's backdrop. The castle itself is computer-generated.
The movie was surrounded by buzz soon after opening night. This arose from Kristen Stewart's reported affair with married director Rupert Sanders. At the time, Stewart was dating her Twilight costar Robert Pattinson.
Differences between Snow White and the Huntsman and other versions of Snow White
Snow White and the Huntsman is a theatrical retelling of a fairy tale originally made popular by the Brothers Grimm. This version puts more emphasis on the chase by the huntsman. As of August 2012, the studio is talking about focusing even more on the huntsman in a proposed sequel.
A bleak addition to the story in Snow White and the Huntsman is a village of mutilated women. These women inflicted their own wounds so that their scars would deter the Evil Queen, who sucks the lives out of young women to maintain her own youth.
In Snow White and the Huntsman, a main character is added to the plot. His name is William, and he is a friend of Snow White's from before her father's death. He tries to find Snow White with the huntsman so that he can save her.
Unlike other versions of Snow White, there is no unnamed prince or Prince Charming in Snow White and the Huntsman.
There are seven dwarves in both the original Snow White and Disney's version. There are also seven dwarves in Snow White and the Huntsman. In the original, the dwarves had no names. In this film they are given names, just not of the Sleepy and Dopey variety.