Monday, September 21, 2020

Add a Little Magic to Your Week with Red Shoes-inspired Activities! - Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was provided with a screener and promotional product from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


This past weekend, my family had a virtual family movie night with friends of our in Michigan.  We are in CT, and they were all the way over in Michigan, but we had a blast watching the recent digital release of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs together Saturday night.  It showed that we didn't need to be in the same room to enjoy a great movie together. Even though it seems like Covid is making everything crazy and turning our world's upside side, I have found that little things like family movie night help keep us not only sane, but also are helping us make memories that will last long after this year is over.  We have been watching a lot of television shows and movies like many around the world, as we are stuck at home and distancing, but I have to say, the movies that have been releasing to Digital for kids and families really are great and all have positive messages, including Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs.

This movie premiered on Digital last Friday, and is releasing to DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow, Tuesday Sept. 22nd.  I had only seen the trailer for this movie a week earlier, but halfway through the trailer, I got excited and couldn't wait to see the whole movie. And, I was quick to show the trailer to my girls, and they were as excited as I was. They liked how this movie was like a mash up for their favorite animated movies including Shrek, Snow White, Tangled and all the other Disney princess movies we have watched hundreds of times. :-)  

Here is a little more about this new movie release, which is also Dove Approved for kids of all ages...

"A classic fairy tale gets a modern twist in the action-packed animated adventure Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, premiering on Digital and On Demand September 18 and available to own on Blu-ray™ and DVD September 22 from Lionsgate. ChloĆ« Grace Moretz (Bolt, Inside Out), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games series), Gina Gershon (TV’s “Riverdale”), Patrick Warburton (TV’s “Family Guy,” The Emperor’s New Groove), and Jim Rash (TV’s “Community”) lend their vocal talents to this humorous and heartwarming retelling of the Snow White fable, only this time it’s the princess who must save the prince(s) – all seven of them! This family-friendly film has “a strong body-positive theme that emphasizes the beauty of characters of all shapes and sizes” (Common Sense Media), and received the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages.

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!

Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs was directed by Sung-ho Hong, and features character design and animation direction from Jin Kim, who worked on Disney’s animated classics Fantasia 2000, Frozen II, and Tangled. Music is by Primetime Emmy® award-winning composer Geoff Zanelli (2006, Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, “Into the West”; Emmy® nomination: 2010, Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, “The Pacific”), whose theatrical work includes Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Voice direction is from Tony Bancroft, the director of Disney’s Mulan. It was produced by Locus Animation Studio.
Go behind the scenes of this must-own animated adventure with enchanting Blu-ray and DVD bonus features, including two “making-of” featurettes and two music videos featuring the all-new original songs! The Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively."

  • “The Making of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs” Featurette
  • “From Storyboard to Animation: Creating Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs” Featurette
  • “Start of Something Right” Music Video
  • “Something So Beautiful” Music Video


In addition to watching Red Shows and the Seven Dwarfs over the weekend, my girls also spent some time coloring these super cute coloring sheets.

I like giving my girls coloring sheets before a movie and then trying to think up themed snacks or meals to go with the movie, to make it a really fun family movie night experience.  For this particular movie, I was helped, thanks to the folks at Lionsgate, as they sent me a wooden apple crate filled with movie-inspired treats and goodies for my whole family to enjoy.

As you can see in the photos above, we were sent an apron, a canvas tote which we brought to the farmer's market Saturday AM to get freshly picked apples to make our special movie night treat, a mini apple pie kit, apple slicer and peeler, and a pot with a package of carrots (once you see the movie you will understand why this was included with our goodies).


In addition to all these apple-themed treats, we were also sent the movie to watch.  So, after talking with our friends, we planned our family movie night, and settled in Saturday evening to watch this PG movie, which has a run time of 92 minutes.  Even our husbands sat for the movie...and, guess what...they both loved it!  We were on a Zoom call and would check in throughout the movie, to say "Hi" and also to see how we were all liking the movie and sharing our favorite moments and characters.  The adults really liked the tongue in cheek comments and the music, while the girls (my two and their two friends) loved the characters -- both evil and nice.

After the movie, I asked everyone what they thought of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs and this is what they had to say, besides all giving the movie 2 thumbs up or 5 stars!  Both of my girls LOVED the music.  She found themselves wanting to rewind the movie just to hear a song again, and were both excited to find that the bonus content included music videos for them to watch over and over again.  My youngest kept talking about how much she loved Merlin and Snow White/Red Shoes. She loved them both better when they were a green dwarf and a little on the heavy side.  Their friends also thought the movie was funny. And, like my girls, they loved the villains.  

The husband commented on how the characters were unique, even though you heard of them before. He said the way they were portrayed in this particular made them unlike anything you have heard or seen about them before.  Take for instance Snow all the classic fairy tale stories and movies she never went from average to beautiful by eating the apple or putting on a pair of shoes. But, in this movie, red shoes like you expect Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz to wear, were magical and were able to turn Snow White into the fairest princess in the land, and she thus gave herself the name of Red Shoes when asked what her name was by the seven dwarfs, who were also under a spell of their own. They used to be handsome men where were known as the F7, always swooping in to save the day.  This outrageous fairy tale spoof will have you thinking of all the different fairy tales and animated princess movies you have seen and fallen in love with over the years.  We all kept trying to compare the characters, but like my girls' friends' Daddy pointed out, they are all unique and new, which makes this movie a real winner for kids and adults, of all ages. The humor was on point and had both the kids and adults laughing.  And, when the credits started to roll, my girls were quick to say that this movie felt a little like Shrek, another one of their favorite movies.  Don't worry, I will not spoil the ending, but I will say that it is not what you expect will happen to all the characters.  Some turn back to the way they were before the witch put a spell and cursed them, and others stayed into what the witch turned them into.

This movie has some great positive messages that kids will pick up on, and that offers up an opportunity for further discussion with parents. My youngest daughter is on the heavy side and has been picked on when it group settings with other kids about her weight. But, as she was watching the movie, she kept telling me how she loved how Snow White found herself wanting to tell Merlin about her true self, and hoped that he would love her for the way she was.  Snow White loved Merlin as he was as a little green dwarf, as she saw beyong his exterior appearance, and loved what was on the inside. Out of all the dwarfs, Merlin was the kindest.  He helped Snow White in the alley and all throughout the movie. And, as you watched the movie, you couldn't help but root for these two to fall in love and live happily every after.  But, before this can happen, they have to face Snow White's wicked stepmother and also find Snow White's father who has gone missing.  So what happens?  I am not going to say. You will just have to pick up a copy of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, when it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, or buy it on Digital (available now).  Once you sit down and start watching the movie, you will see why my family and our friends, who joined us over a zoom meetup on Saturday, loved the movie, and can't wait to watch it time and time again.

As I mentioned above, I was sent an apple crate full of goodies, and ended up making apple hand pies with the girls for our movie night. 

I didn't have pie crust, and wasn't going to whip together some.  So, I took the easy way and pulled flaky crust sheets out of the freezer. The girls rolled the sheets out, and filled them with the apple mixing (following the same recipe which was included with the crate for the mini apple pie recipe). We did, however, add a pinch or two of nutmeg, as that is how we usually make our apple pies.  Then, we baked the hand pies in the oven at 395 degrees for 15 minutes.  Before placing in the oven, we brushed them with an egg wash so that they would turn golden brown in the oven. 

Mmm, my belly is growling just thinking about how good these apple pie hand pies were.  Oh how I wish there were leftovers.  Well, I guess I have to pick up more apples this week at the market, and make more hand pies and try out the mini apple pie kit we were sent, before we settle in to watch Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs again this weekend. :-)

Why not plan a fun family movie night this upcoming weekend with your family and watch this cute movie. It really is a humorous yet heartwarming fairy tale that will win the whole family over. And, be sure to print out the coloring sheets for your kids to color before or after watching the movie. And, if you are looking for a movie inspired snack, why not try the Snow White's (Mini) Apple Pies, or my apple pie hand pies?  I can't wait to hear what you think of the movie, so be sure to come back here and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Enjoy your family movie night!


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Disclosure: I was provided with a screener and promotional product from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. I would love to win this for the kids in the family it look super cute. Heather