Take your favorite fairytales and put them in a blender, what you’ll get is Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs. The movie is a hodge podge of characters with a parody twist on the classic princess story.
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Despite a rocky marketing campaign in the US, the story has a lot of focus on being body positive. Snow White breaks the “usual” princess mold with her full figure beauty. When she goes looking for clues about her father she discovers magic apples growing on a tree. The magic apples take on the power to give the person what they truly desire. The Magic Mirror shares that apples are the fruit of temptation, and once the shoes give you what you desire it’s nearly impossible to take them off. For Snow White, that was being thin and tall, so the Fearless Seven would help her find her father.
She seeks out the help of the seven brave princes that are known throughout the land. Unfortunately, after they attacked a fairy princess the princes were cursed to appear as green dwarfs when people looked at them.
When you look at both sides of this story, you take a deeper look into this film you dive into a message that homes to break some of the terrible stereotypes that kids encounter. You don’t have to be tall and thin to be a princess. You can have a great heart and be kind no matter what you look like.
The movie definitely draws attention to the body-positive messaging. Take a look at this clip with Red Shoes (Snow White) and Merlin to see what I mean. Red Shoes points out that Merlin is always mentioning how someone looks instead of “the real you.”
It’s one of those fairytale curses that forces the character to find what true beauty really means. It isn’t about how you look, but how you treat others, and also how you treat yourself. Because at the end of the day, if you aren’t showing yourself love, how can you show others love?
Red Shoes discovers that she likes who she is without the shoes. She is stronger and is able to help out when Merlin needs her. Merlin discovers that beauty is more than skin deep. He showcases a change as well. My family really enjoyed the movie and were laughing the whole time.
Chloë Grace Moretz (Bolt, Inside Out), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games series), Gina Gershon (TV’s “Riverdale”), Patrick Warburton (TV’s “Family Guy,” The Emperor’s New Groove), and Jim Rash (TV’s “Community”) lend their vocal talents to this humorous and heartwarming retelling of the Snow White fable, only this time it’s the princess who must save the prince(s) – all seven of them! This family-friendly film has “a strong body-positive theme that emphasizes the beauty of characters of all shapes and sizes” (Common Sense Media), and received the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages.
This outrageous fairy tale spoof starts as Snow White steals a pair of red shoes that transform her into a princess. Meanwhile, a witch’s curse turns seven brave princes into dwarfs, forcing them to seek out the princess, hoping for a kiss to break their spell. Together, they must face Snow White’s wicked stepmother – who will stop at nothing to get her precious shoes back – and, along the way, learn that true beauty lies within!
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs was directed by Sung-ho Hong, and features character design and animation direction from Jin Kim, who worked on Disney’s animated classics Fantasia 2000, Frozen II, and Tangled. Music is by Primetime Emmy® award-winning composer Geoff Zanelli (2006, Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, “Into the West”; Emmy® nomination: 2010, Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, “The Pacific”), whose theatrical work includes Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Voice direction is from Tony Bancroft, the director of Disney’s Mulan. It was produced by Locus Animation Studio.
Go behind the scenes of this must-own animated adventure with enchanting Blu-ray and DVD bonus features, including two “making-of” featurettes and two music videos featuring the all-new original songs!
BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
- “The Making of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs” Featurette
- “From Storyboard to Animation: Creating Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs” Featurette
- “Start of Something Right” Music Video
- “Something So Beautiful” Music Video