This South Korean animated movie, made in 2017, attracted some negative attention when it was first announced as the original promotional poster seemed to fat shame the central character of Snow White.
Not exactly what you want for a kid-friendly movie, but in fact the story is trying to do the opposite, with the central theme being about accepting who you are, no matter what shape or size, and that the most important beauty comes from within.
This Snow White, you see, isn’t the skinny glamour princess you expect, but a curvier girl who is on a quest to find her father, who disappeared after marrying evil witch Regina. Wanting eternal beauty, Regina uses a magical apple tree to create a special pair of red shoes that will grant her wish, but it is Snow White who finds them and is transformed into a typical pretty princess when she puts them on.
Hoping to find a group of famous princes named the Fearless Seven to help her find her father, instead Snow White stumbles across seven green dwarves – who are actually the Fearless Seven, struck by a curse that will only be lifted when they kiss the ‘most beautiful woman in the world’. No one is who they appear to be, it seems.
What follows is a brightly coloured, neatly paced fairy tale adventure with a strong, kind and likeable female lead that may annoy fans of the classic Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs as it steers away from the much-loved story, but should amuse young kids who have seen all the Disney princess movies and Shrek films fifty times.
Moretz voices a feisty princess, and there is also fun voice work from Gerson as Regina, Warburton as the Magic Mirror and Clafin as the Fearless Seven’s leader Merlin.
Is Snow White And The Red Shoes suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
Very young children (under 6) may find the evil queen scary.
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