Once in 1989, when Geena Davis hosted Saturday Night Live, there was a skit featuring John Lovitz as a copyright attorney explaining, between segments of the subskit “Frost White and the Seven Little Guys,” how everything in it was sufficiently distinguishable from anything else you might have been thinking of that for copyright-infringement purposes, etc.
QUEEN: Oh, my! Whoever cleaned this plate did a great job! I can see myself as if it were a mirror! [turns face to audience] But it isn’t a mirror! It’s a plate! Plate, plate, my hand, who’s the most pretty in the land?
[plate shows image of Geena]
QUEEN: Frost White! I’ll get her, with one of my poisonous . . . oranges!
I vaguely understood at the time that this was inspired by an episode at the most recent Academy Awards ceremony, where there was a Snow White skit and Disney’s lawyers went apeshit. But what’s the backstory? I missed that Oscars show.