While Snow White doesn't have much moxie, she also is quite young and inexperienced in the ways of the world. And while the prince wakes her up, he's also a sort of just a two-dimensional character. The heart of Snow White, in my opinion, is Snow White's interaction with the dwarfs and the nuttiness of that. Without an innocent and kinda clueless Snow White, some of the scenes wouldn't have worked. Snow White is really a fish out of water sort of story, and I think because Snow White isn't involved in the action of hunting down the witch (she's unconscious, good excuse) people think the movie is dated.