Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs

Movie review by
Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media
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Fun-packed fairy-tale parody challenges stereotypes.
  • PG
  • 2020
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

Although a parody, younger viewers may be inspired to learn more about Grimms' Fairy Tales.

Positive Messages

Promotes body image and self-acceptance, while confronting stereotypes. The central theme is that a person's beauty comes from within and that appearances are not important. The value of friendship and teamwork. Characters discuss dealing with how others perceive you.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Red Shoes is kind, charming, and brave. But her biggest quality is that she isn't seduced by her new "beautiful" princess-like appearance. She prefers being "chubby" but strong, and her strength enables her to protect and save others. Merlin seems narcissistic and shallow, but eventually falls for Red Shoes in her original form -- reinforcing the central theme that beauty comes from within.

Violence & Scariness

Fast action and perilous moments dotted throughout. Characters are chased by baddies. Spooky scenes in dark woods. A near-drowning. Cartoon fighting includes characters being hit with metal hammers and chased with swords -- it's slapstick with no graphic or serious injury. Canons are fired on the heroes. The wicked queen is cartoonishly ghoulish and sinister -- at her scariest when placing curses. A character appears to have sacrificed themselves and is seen "dying" in another's arms -- but they survive.

Sexy Stuff

Flirting and some kissing. A group of characters require a kiss to break a curse. Several references to characters being physically attractive in the context of sexual appeal -- but these are presented with cartoonish innocence and no inappropriate language or indecent behavior.


Some hostile language between characters.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (also known as Snow White & the Red Shoes) is a fun-packed animated comedy that breaks the stereotype of traditional fairy tale characters. A parody of the original Brothers Grimm story, this take on Snow White has a strong body-positive theme that emphasizes the beauty of characters of all shapes and sizes. There are some sinister characters and mild cartoon peril, including a scene in which (spoiler alert) a key character appears to die before coming back to life. But none of this is scary enough to bother most elementary-aged kids. There's also a fair bit of flirting and efforts to secure kisses. The movie caused some controversy when it was first screened in 2017: The marketing campaign at that time, which suggested that an overweight Snow White wasn't beautiful, was swiftly canceled and publicly denounced by actor Chloe Grace Moretz, who voices Snow White. And it seems clear that the movie's true intentions are to show that people should celebrate who they are, inside and out, and that true love sees beyond appearances.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySpringSakura August 25, 2020

Feel-good movie

Though at first glance the movie seems like one that encourages the shallow stereotypical view that women are only beautiful if they have all the 'right... Continue reading
Adult Written byBlueJ September 20, 2020

Great message

The Art and message are great. The story could have been flushed out more but was still great
Teen, 13 years old Written byRespectfulTeen March 17, 2021

Really Beautiful And Charming!

Very fun and charming movie! It's all about encouraging you to be and love your true self! Definitely a fun movie to watch by yourself, with friends, or fa... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bythefoulestfowl February 19, 2021

This is actually my favorite movie right now.

This movie was really fun! I watched it multiple times in a row and enjoyed it every time!

The magic system is great and there are some great role models. I... Continue reading

What's the story?

Loosely based on Snow White, RED SHOES AND THE SEVEN DWARFS tells the story of the "Fearless Seven" -- a group of vain but heroic princes -- who have been turned into green dwarfs by a spurned fairy. Their only hope to break the curse is a kiss from a beautiful princess. Cut to the plump and mousey Snow White (voiced by Chloe Grace Moretz) whose father, King White (Nolan North) has disappeared at the hands of her wicked stepmother, Regina (Gina Gershon). After a pair of magic red shoes turn Snow into a "beautiful" princess she sets out to find her father, arriving at the house of the Seven, and swiftly renaming herself Red Shoes. Knowing that her kiss could break their curse, the dwarfs pledge to help her -- with Merlin (Sam Claflin) determined to win her heart. Using a combination of teamwork, ingenuity, and the dwarfs' magical powers, the heroes must defeat Regina to save the King and -- perhaps -- return to their original forms.

Is it any good?

This high-spirited, engaging family comedy is a tale of mistaken identities that challenges stereotypes and reassures us that it's ok to be different. There are some genuinely funny moments and wise-cracking remarks in Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs that will entertain tweens -- and parents -- as well as plenty of silliness for younger kids. The story is clever and fast-paced, with a strong cast of characters. Red Shoes is warm but feisty, Merlin is amusingly narcissistic, and the odious and pretentious Prince Average (pronounced "Ah-vu-rahj") is a classic cartoon villain. Meanwhile Patrick Warburton -- aka Lemony Snickett in the brilliant TV adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events -- is deliciously entertaining as the evil but hapless Magic Mirror.

At times you might question the clarity of the message -- does highlighting a character's physical appearance debunk or exacerbate the stereotype? But ultimately this is a smart take on Snow White that's full of heart and good humor. And by the end, it's crystal clear that beauty does indeed come from within.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs challenges stereotypes. Does the movie succeed in breaking the stereotype of classic fairy tale characters? If so, how? How else does the movie challenge gender stereotypes? What are the dangers of stereotypes?

  • The character of Snow White, aka Red Shoes, shares some similarities with Princess Fiona in Shrek. Talk about how they are both presented and what makes them good role models.

  • Talk to your kids about empathy and the concept of putting yourself in someone else's shoes. Which characters in the movie experience this and how do they deal with it?

  • The original marketing campaign -- that suggested that an overweight Snow White wasn't beautiful -- was denounced by star Chloe Grace Moretz. Why do you think she did this?

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