Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs is an animated fantasy film which re-imagines the original Grimm’s fairy tale of Snow White where an overweight Snow White puts on a pair of red shoes and is transformed into a beautiful, slim princess who is in search for her father.
The major thematic content emanates from the trope, appearance versus reality. The overweight Snow White who is transformed into a super-svelte Red Shoes, and the young and buff males who are cursed into dwarfs, is intended to challenge social prejudices related to standards of physical beauty in society by emphasising the importance of inner beauty and knowing oneself. It is intended to convey that size and shape do not determine the qualities in people that should be valued.
There is also the occasional sense of threat in the film with chase sequences and use of magical powers and spells.
Various action sequences include fantastical and comic violence including a giant robot and wooden bears, sword play, hand-to-hand combat and magic (especially lightning spells). A dwarf is grappling with a giant bear and both fall off a cliff into the water, with the dwarf trapped underwater, pinned down by a boulder. The sense of threat is alleviated as Snow White rescues him.
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