Here’s a link to the song:
A few things to note here, and then I’ll write a poem which both deconstructs the song and updates it for the more modern Neoliberal economic reality.
The animals have bright, simple expressions and look at Snow White with awe. The only answer to why this is the case is that Disney animators wanted it that way.
At 1:02 the squirrels shift instantaneously from happy to startled and upset when Snow White reprimands them. Then they proceed to take the filth which they were going to put under a human rug where it will rarely be seen and put in inside a mouse’s home.
At 2:21 the deer becomes covered with human garments by Snow White and nearly falls down.
The squirrels in particular show great familiarity with the human world but large ignorance concerning the world of other animals, such as the mouse and spider incidents. Either ignorance or their mysterious allegiance to (presumably domination by) Snow White led them to destroy the homes of other animals in the service of a human.
Throughout the song the animals show a high level of contentment and happiness yet it’s not clear how, or even if, they benefit in any way from what they are doing.
Of course these are “animals” but they might as well be people, and hence my poem, entitled “Whistle While You Starve”. The poem can be sung to the tune from “Whistle While You Work”.
Now you do the sewing
You put the meat on the bun
You clean the toilets
And I will hold the gun
Just whistle while you starve
And cheerfully you all can now eliminate your space
So hum a merry tune
It won’t take long when there’s a song to help you set the pace
And as you pack the bun
Imagine that the meat belonged to someone that you love
And soon you’ll find you’re dying to the tune
Oh, no, shithead! Put them in the tub
With our profits high your hope will die so whistle while you starve
Uh, uh, uh, uh! Not under the rug!
So whistle while you starve