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  • Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

    The following comes from: http://www.mouseplanet.com/karl/well.htm. It is written by Al Lutz 4 years ago and I found it so moving that I thought I would bring it to MiceChatters' attention. Adriana Caselotti died in January 1997 for those who are unfamiliar with her work. Anyway, it sure has given more character to Snow White's Wishing Well and a much greater appreciation for it for me.


    Originally posted by Al Lutz
    There's a wonderful story about Adriana Caselotti's re-recording of the soundtrack now used at Snow White's Wishing Well at Disneyland - that was done back during the 50th anniversary theatrical re-release of Snow White. [A magazine writer friend related it to me, and this seems like the perfect part of the site to finally tell it.]

    Apparently, Adriana used to take the greatest of pride that until her very last days she could still do the famous "voice" - and usually she sounded just about as fresh then as she did back in the late thirties.

    As you may well know, I'm Wishing, the song you hear every few minutes at the well requires a very solid, almost operatic, voice to perform well. Over the years for the more demanding studio work, Adriana had been increasingly replaced by several other actresses who were a little bit more reliable whenever it came time to do Snow's voice.

    For this little project, apparently the forces that be at Disney thought it would be a nice touch to give her one last shot to digitally record and replace the patched together film soundtrack they were using at the grotto since it was originally installed. They wanted to capture her performance as Snow for posterity as the years went on.

    Anyway, the day for the session came, and sadly, try as she may, Adriana just could not reach the high notes required of her for the song. Take after take came and then went - and she just couldn't make it. People who had pushed so very hard for her to do this little project were heartbroken to say the least.

    Finally, apparently just as she sensed they were going to call the session over, she asked if she could go ahead and ask someone for help. Rather puzzled, (since she was alone in the studio) the engineer and producer went ahead and gave her the go-ahead.

    She turned away from the mike - looked up skyward - and very quietly asked:

    Mr. Disney, if you are up there - please help me find Snow White's voice.

    After a moment, she turned back around and asked for a last take. The engineer crossed his fingers, hit the start button, and the tape began to roll. She got each and every note absolutely perfect that one last time.

    [And yes... those tears welling up in your eyes now are just what happened to everyone who was in the studio too upon the completion of the track.]

    So, the next time you stop by Snow White's Wishing Well at Disneyland do take a careful listen won't you? It's quite a heavenly performance they have playing there if you ask me.
    Last edited by Athlonacon; 08-29-2005, 10:40 PM.

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    Re: Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

    Oh that's amazing ... I can only imagine what it must have been like in that studio. That is such an amazing song ... wow.
    Originally posted by drunkmom
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      Re: Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

      Just beautiful.

      (I must spread a little around first, though.)
      "Yesterday, a man walked up to me and said, 'Isn't it a shame that Walt Disney couldn't be here to see this?' and I said, "He did see this, that's why it's here."
      -Art Linkletter July 17, 2005-


      When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.

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        Re: Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

        i got tears in my eyes, it so touching! thank you very much for that touching moment, My eyes watered(not kidding) while i was reading it! :gladsad:
        Last edited by FI183; 08-30-2005, 10:53 AM.

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        • #5
          Re: Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

          I sure hope that's true, because if it is, it's awesome!!!

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          • #6
            Re: Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

            Wow, I guess Al isn't that bad after all ...

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            • #7
              Re: Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

              Beautiful story...oh and I'm new here

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              • #8
                Re: Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

                wow..........amzing and touching story :blush:
                "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."

                ¡Quédese sentó por favor!

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                  Re: Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

                  Thats just awesome :gladsad:






                  ~ Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday tomorrow and fantasy
                  ~

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                  • #10
                    Re: Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

                    What a touching story, and yes, it brought a tear to my eyes too.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

                      Beautiful story - thanks for sharing!

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                      • #12
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                        Awww... loved it!
                        "The views and opinions expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily represent or reflect those of The Walt Disney Company."

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                        • #13
                          Re: Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

                          Definately a beautiful story!
                          Good morning, son
                          In twenty years from now
                          Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
                          And I can tell you 'bout today
                          And how I picked you up and everything changed
                          It was pain
                          Sunny days and rain
                          I knew you'd feel the same things...


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                            Re: Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

                            Originally posted by scorsese
                            Beautiful story...oh and I'm new here
                            Welcome aboard. Hope you stick around.
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                              Re: Very touching Snow White Wishing Well Story

                              I thought she was gonna ask God, lol.
                              Joey AKA "dlfreak"
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