The Seventh Dwarf

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Musical fairy tale has familiar story but is fine for kids.
  • PG
  • 2015
  • 87 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational value

It's more entertaining than educational, but the movie does teach kids aspects of various fairy tales.

Positive messages

Promotes teamwork, friendship, bravery, not underestimating people based on their size/appearance, and learning the difference between true friendship and those who are just using you.

Positive role models & representations

The dwarfs all want to help Princess Rose and Jack. Rose's true love, Jack, is willing to risk his life to save her. Bobo, despite being the smallest, is quite brave.

Violence & scariness

The witch freezes the kingdom on the princess' 18th birthday and holds her true love hostage. Ice monsters guard the castle and hurt the dwarfs when they try to get into the castle. A depressed dragon nearly commits suicide (but doesn't) and is later temporarily frozen.

Sexy stuff

One kiss. Snow White suggestively vamps around a party, where the dwarfs stare at her. The witch wears a slightly sheer dress and tries to get Jack to kiss her.

Language

Insults like "kitchen boy," "dumb," and "nothing."

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know The Seventh Dwarf is an animated musical fairy tale (produced in Germany and dubbed in English for its U.S. release) that mashes up elements from Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. there are a few scenes of violence between the villain and the heroes: Both a dragon and ice monsters try to injure the dwarfs and Jack, and witch Dellamorta freezes characters. One potentially upsetting moment that's played for laughs: A dragon is sad and even tries to kill himself when someone laughs at him. But as with most fairy tales, everything ends in a happily ever after, and themes include teamwork, bravery, and learning the difference between true friendship and those who are just using you. Expect a few insults, a bit of suggestive vamping from Snow White, and a kiss.

User Reviews

Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written bycristeleg March 30, 2016

not for small kids

I wish common sense media would raise the age to 7 not 5 and not make it look like a light movie. If the characters are for smaller kids, i found very troubling... Continue reading
Parent Written byAshlee G. June 23, 2017

Inappropriate dress!

In the description Common Sense Media has it says that the witches dress is revealing that is an understatement you can see through her dress and they have anim... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old July 31, 2016

Scary for younger viewers

This movie has violence, action and positive roll models. It teaches kindness, courage and to never give up.

What's the story?

THE SEVENTH DWARF is a German animated musical dubbed in English for its U.S. release. The story is part Snow White ​and part Frozen, but more Sleeping Beauty: As a baby, Princess Rose is cursed by the witch Dellamorta (voiced by Nina Hagen) that if she pricks a finger before age 18, she'll plunge the entire kingdom into a 100-year sleep. But Rose (Peyton List) knows that she already has a true love whose kiss would awaken her -- "kitchen boy" Jack (James Frantowski) -- so she sends him to hide out with the dwarfs at the edge of the forest. Unfortunately for the kingdom, Jack meets Bobo (Joshua Graham) -- the titular seventh dwarf -- but doesn't make it to safety: Dellamorta's dragon, Burner (Norm MacDonald), takes Jack hostage. The night of Rose's 18th birthday ball (a red-carpet occasion that brings the likes of Snow White and Cinderella to the kingdom), Dellamorta reveals that she had changed the clocks ... right as Rose pricks her finger. Before the castle is engulfed in ice, the dwarfs escape and realize they must stop at nothing to find the one person who can lift the curse -- the dragon-held Jack.

Is it any good?

Although it's not nearly as memorable as a Disney/Pixar/Big Sky animated production, this dubbed foreign fairy tale mash-up is adventurous enough to entertain younger viewers. Bobo is tiny and babied by his fellow dwarfs, but he's also got a big heart and a willingness to throw himself into the fray to save Rose and the kingdom. It's easy to see younger kids rooting for him to save the day. Audiences will likely be split on German punk singer Nina Hagen's gravelly voiced Dellamorta. The performance (not to mention Hagen's Harvey Fierstein-esque rasp) is over the top but also appropriately evil sounding. 

This is far from the kind of animated movie that will be a family-wide favorite for years, but for a 90-minute diversion, it's got enough action, music, and accessible plot to engage young kids -- but perhaps not their parents.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Seventh Dwarf's messages about friendship and bravery. How do the dwarfs prove themselves?

  • What parts of the movie were scary to you? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?

  • How does the movie compare to other animated fairy tales? Why do you think so many animated films are also musicals? Do you prefer movies where characters sing? 

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