Not your average take on a fairy tale…
I will be 100% honest. I was very unsure about Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs when I first watched the trailer. (You can read my full trailer reaction HERE.) So much so I almost did not let my girls watch the movie with me. I mean the main character, Snow White, is transformed from her “average” looking self into a beautiful woman when she puts on a pair of magical shoes. A beautiful woman who everyone falls in love with. As a woman and a mother of two girls body image and how we view ourselves is almost an everyday inner and outward discussion. So, what do I think of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs after watching the whole movie? Continue reading below for all of my thoughts, plus you can grab some activities inspired by the movie.
I will try and not spoil the movie for anyone but Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs surprised me. It definitely is a lesson in not judging the whole movie by the trailer. The movie is a heartfelt discussion about body image, how we view ourselves, and the assumptions we make based on appearances. While watching Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs for the second time with my daughters my oldest, who is five years old, stated/asked, “I am beautiful just the way I am and you love me just the way I am, right Momma?”. Halfway through the movie my five year old already understood the whole concept of the movie. (It took me almost to the end of the movie the first time I watched it to come away with the messaging of the movie.) We adults should take notes from our children.
Going beyond the messaging of the movie Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs delivers tons of laughs and stunning animation. I highly recommend if you purchase the movie to watch the special features. In the special features, you will learn Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs was a labor of love taking years to make and being the first animated film with an all Korean production crew.
The voice cast of the movie is nothing to scoff at either. The movie is helmed by Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Claflin, Gina Gershon, Patrick Warburton, and Jim Rash. If I were to select a stand out actor for the movie it would be Sam Claflin hands down as Merlin. If anything his character is the one who learns/grows the most throughout the movie.
I give Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs a solid B. The animation is spectacular, and while the story’s message is a good one the story could have used a little more fleshing out to make it less confusing. If you have children who scary easily there are some parts that could be considered scary, but those are more towards the end of the movie. Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs is definitely a movie worth seeing and adding to your movie library for future watching.
Interview with Tony Bancroft – Voice Director
A classic fairy tale gets a modern twist in the action-packed animated adventure Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, premiering on Digital and On Demand September 18 and available to own on Blu-ray™ and DVD September 22 from Lionsgate. 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!
Digital and DVD Special Features
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! The Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.
- “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
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.
Movie Inspired Activities!
Coloring sheets – To grab your coloring sheets just click on the below image!
Wooden Beat Bag Puppets – Click below to grab directions on how to make your own Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Wooden Bears Paper Bag Puppets.
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs inspired apple pie recipe – This looks delicious! Click below to grab the recipe!