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A classic fairy tale gets a modern twist in the action-packed animated adventure Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, on Digital and On Demand, Blu-ray™ and DVD 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! 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.
About Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs
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.
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs is a movie your whole family should see. In today’s society, there is so much focus on “likes” and “images.” Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs focuses on seeing inner beauty, which is an important lesson at any age.
I will admit that I was slightly cautious of another Snow White remake, but Red Shoes is a very refreshing take on the story. This is not the same tale you are used to. Of course, the evil step-mother is still evil, and her storyline is pretty much the same as always – she wants to be the fairest in all the land. But, that is not the driving force of this movie. Snow White and the Dwarfs all have different roles and go through a lot of soul-searching before they learn to accept who they really are.
The real lesson to be learned with Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs is being comfortable with who you really are. At first, this movie could be interpreted as “fat shaming,” but I promise that is not the premise here. Unfortunately, it takes a while to get to the point, and can be a bit uncomfortable. We watched this movie in celebration of my daughter’s 13th birthday, and there were a few cringe-worthy moments where I wondered why I was even bringing this situation to light. There are a few very superficial scenes (you know, the ones you never want your kids to think about) where characters are focused on good looks and that “perfect” body image. Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs eventually comes full circle, showing that inner beauty is always more important.
Overall, this movie is a great lesson, especially for the tween crowd.
What is the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages?
While the movie is rated PG for some action/peril, Dove gives Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs the Approved for All Ages seal. Dove Approved All Ages is the mark of a film or content with no severe or gratuitous cautionary content. More information regarding the Dove Seal of Approval can be found here.
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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