Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs is a twist on the classic fairytale. This is not your typical Snow White story. Is this modern spoof kid-friendly? I’m breaking down all of the thematic elements in my Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Parent Movie Review to help YOU decide if it’s appropriate for kids. As always, no spoilers!
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Parent Movie Review
Snow White is my absolute FAVORITE Disney princess. I remember meeting her for the first time at Disney World when I was 6 years old. When my family returned home from that vacation I asked my mom if I could be Snow White when I grew up. Clearly she made a lasting impression.
When I was offered the opportunity to review Lionsgate’s Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, I jumped at it. A new take on my favorite princess? I was determined to keep an open mind and see what it was all about.
Let’s jump right in. Once upon a time there were seven handsome princes who mistakenly called a fairy a witch. She wasn’t too happy about this accusation and put a spell on them that turned them into “ugly” dwarfs. The only way the spell could be broken is with true love’s kiss.
Switch over to Snow White and her evil Stepmother, Regina, who is actually a witch. Regina wears a pair of red shoes to stay young and beautiful. Snow White doesn’t know these shoes are magical and tries them on. Magically, she turns beautiful and loses about 50 pounds.
I know. That sounds awful. But I promise you there’s much more to this story.
The Theme of Body Positivity
While you might be thinking Snow White is happy with her new appearance, you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, she tries to remove the shoes several times. She misses how strong she used to be without the shoes, saying they make her more “dainty.” The one time she manages to get her shoes off, she lays back on her bed with a sigh of relief. It reminded me of the saying “take your shoes off, get comfortable!” Snow White cannot be truly comfortable with the red shoes, because she feels like she’s pretending to be someone she’s not.
As for the dwarfs…they are determined more than ever to win over Snow White, who calls herself “Red Shoes,” in an attempt to break the spell. They do make the comment “who could ever love a face like this?” However, they pull out all sorts of crazy antics to get that kiss.
Although the dwarfs see themselves as ugly, Red Shoes makes the comment, “I don’t care about your height or what color you are.” She genuinely likes the dwarfs for who they are on the inside.
Although it might seem for a second that this movie is body shaming, it really is not. In fact, it offers a message that is the exact opposite. The importance of being your true self is what is really beautiful and should be celebrated.
Similarities to other fairytales
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs is compared to The Wizard of Oz meets Tangled, and I do see that. But I also saw other fairytales as well.
First of all, yes, the red shoes are obviously relevant to The Wizard of Oz. The shoes are magical and provide youth and beauty. This is similar to Rapunzel’s magical hair in Tangled. The evil stepmother has similarities to Mother Gothel. The village also resembled the same one in Tangled, and even the “Wanted” poster seemed very much alike Flynn Ryder’s.
Okay. Was I the only one who caught the connection between the evil stepmother’s name, REGINA, and the series Once Upon a Time?! In the television series, Once Upon a Time, Snow White’s evil stepmother is named Regina. I picked up on this one right away!
There is also a connection to Beauty and The Beast. The fairy casts a spell on the seven handsome princes turning them into ugly dwarfs. The only way the spell can be broken is by true love. Sounds familiar, right?
This connection wasn’t as obvious, but there are these giant rocks that are attacking Red Shoes and the dwarfs. They even throw huge boulders at them. This was similar to the Earth Giants in Frozen 2!
I loved seeing all of the connections to other fairytales! It was fun to guess which one would be next!
Is Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Kid-Friendly?
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs is rated PG for some action/peril. There really isn’t anything too scary other than a few fighting scenes. But overall, they’re rather tame. The evil stepmother might be scary looking, but her scenes with the snarky Magic Mirror make her seem a little less frightening.
The movie has a running time of 1 hour 32 minutes, which is really the sweet spot for a kids film. My 6 year old actually made the comment, “I stayed in the room the whole time!” when it was over.
I asked my 10 year old what the message was in the movie, and he immediately said, “it’s what’s inside that’s important.” I love, love, LOVE when my kids really get the message.
I’d recommend Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs for all ages. There really is a great message and a fun story they will enjoy.
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Synopsis
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!
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