What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The 7D is a fun new take on the story of the Seven Dwarfs, who serve as their kingdom's peacekeepers in this energetic cartoon that has a lot of cartoon-style peril and comical mishaps. Similarly the story's villains are more laughable than they are threatening, so this is a worry-free pick for kids. Many of the characters' idiosyncrasies, including Grumpy's perpetual bad mood and Dopey's dimness, for instance, are mined for laughs, but it's all in good fun and is well suited to this funny animated series.
What's the story?
The kingdom of Jollywood is a quiet, peaceful place with a benevolent ruler in Queen Delightful (voiced by Leigh-Allyn Baker) and a resident seven-man security team called the 7D. Though they spend most of their days in the mines, these seven dwarfs -- Happy (Kevin Michael Richardson), Sneezy (Scott Menville), Sleepy (Stephen Stanton), Grumpy (Maurice LaMarche), Bashful (Billy West), Doc (Bill Farmer), and Dopey (Dee Bradley Baker) -- leap into action when the kingdom is threatened by Grim (Jess Harnell) and Hildy Gloom (Kelly Osbourne), who'll try anything to take over the castle and seize control of Jollywood.
Is it any good?
THE 7D is a reimagining of some of Disney's most famous fairy tale characters as the Seven Dwarfs step out of Snow White's shadow and become stars in their own right. The lighthearted stories don't offer much in the way of life lessons, but they cater to the characters' playful and comical nature, which is good news for youngsters who want to watch.
In addition to a vibrant cast of heroes, The 7D also presents a pair of villains who are so laughably ineffective that they're just as fun to watch as their civic-minded counterparts. Grim and Hildy's best-laid plans are prone to chronic failure, which takes the edge off any threat kids may sense they pose to the heroes. Engaging animation and a whimsical setting round out this fun cartoon.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what makes some characters more endearing than others. Kids: Are the Seven Dwarfs worthy of their own show? Are they fun characters to watch in action? Which ones are your favorites, and why?
When it comes to doing their job, do the 7D share the load fairly? Are there some among them who do less than others? What happens when members of a team don't put forth their best efforts?
Kids: What rules does your family have about screen time? When it's your turn to pick a TV show, which ones are your favorites? What are some of your favorite "unplugged" activities?