Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs - Movie Review

Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs - Image from Lionsgate


We all saw how powerful a pair of red shoes could be in The Wizard of Oz and here in Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs, we are once again reminded that a pair of shoes really can change your life.  Snow White is a princess who doesn't get along with her evil step-mother.  Been there, done that, right?  Wrong!  This movie will take familiar stories and add a new twist on them that makes the plot fresh for families to enjoy. 

I received a copy of Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs from my friends at Liongate and Team Click to provide this review!

Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs Movie Review

In this fairy tale mash-up we see a lot of characters who aren't truly who they appear to be - Red Shoes is really Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs are really handsome and brave princes, and there's even a few characters that surprise you at the end.  Along the way, the two main characters, Red Shoes and Merlin, reflect a lot on appearances and who you really are as a person.  Both impacted my the power of magic, their exterior has been transformed, but they both still cling to who they are on the inside.  There's been some criticism I've seen of some older marketing of the film as "fat shaming," but I don't see it that way in the movie itself.  Initially, I was worried it was going to go that road - Snow White is "beautiful" as Red Shoes but not as herself??  However, I think the movie does a good job of flipping that idea on it's head as the story progresses.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and a singular definition of "beautiful" is far too narrow to consider.  But the movie isn't simply a good lesson for kids - it's entertaining and full of adventure too.

Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs - Image from Lionsgate


I found myself thinking a lot about Shrek when I watched this movie - a little bit of a satirical look at some of our favorite fairy tales while not losing it's appeal to children.  And there are plenty of characters referenced!  The dwarfs pack a punch and add a bit of action to movie in some pretty comical fight scenes that are perfect for young viewers.  Prince Average, while albeit a small part in the film, reminds me a lot of Lord Farquaad from Shrek too.  

This movie provided an enjoyable "movie night" for me and my 5 year old.  In fact, he went to bed telling me "you've been Merlin-ed" and laughing himself to sleep.  Definitely a great movie for elementary school kids to watch and plenty to enjoy for both parents and kids!

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About Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs (from Lionsgate)

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. ChloĆ« 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! The Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.
 
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