Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs is a 2019 South Korean fantasy CGI animated film produced by Locus Creative Studios. Based on the Brothers Grimm's German fairy tale, this is a film that has attracted negative critical attention.
Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs caused a huge controversy at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where numerous people complained about a billboard of the film featuring a thin and a fat version of Snow White with the words "What if Snow White were not more beautiful? and the 7 Dwarfs aren't that short? "This billboard has sparked the anger of the Western world, over the issues related to the princess's body image as well as the implication, that being thin equals being beautiful, a belief that is much more It is widespread in Eastern and Western cultures. For this reason the film has never been released in American cinemas. Since it is a South Korean film, therefore an oriental one, the animated film brings out cultural discrepancies related to production and distribution. It was produced by the animation studios of Locus Animations which despite being in business for about 10 years, has never produced an animated film before this one. Though the main characters look vaguely Korean and use talismans as an attack, the film has a full cast of American voice actors.
Red shoes and the 7 dwarfs is a variation in the classic "Snow White" fairy tale. In this version, Snow White steals two poisoned apples from her evil stepmother in an attempt to save her father. Before you touch them, the apples transform into a pair of cute red shoes, which make Snow White taller and leaner. The "red shoes" version of Snow White has bigger eyes, longer lashes and shimmering red lips and eye shadows. Unlike what the poster and trailer of the film implies, Snow White does not care that she has become thin, nor is it obvious that before she did not consider herself beautiful. Her tastes on men are also unconventional. Not particularly interested in finding a prince, Snow White finds her stepmother's shoes by accident, in an attempt to save her father. After seeing her new look in the mirror and realizing that the seven dwarves she meets are willing to help her find her father, she decides to keep the shoes for a little longer than she was planning.
The film should be released in Italian cinemas on 9 July 2020, but given the COVID-19 emergency, the conditional is a must. We will be curious to see if it will trigger as many controversies or if its distribution will have canceled some discriminating writings and words.