THE 7th DWARF
FAIRYTALE: STORY OF THE SEVEN DWARVES
(Der 7bte Zwerg)
Most of these films are silly efforts aimed at the single digit age ranges. Following in their footsteps, The 7th Dwarf feels like it has arrived late to the party. It merely repeats what all of the other films have done while offering very little that is new and original. Furthermore, it feels pinned in by the approach taken by these other films. One part wants to be a knockabout animated adventure with the Seven Dwarves from Snow White that takes itself with a relative degree of seriousness; another part principally the ball scene seems to be trying to be a fairytale parody and includes cameos of characters from other fairytales and a suspension of disbelief-rupturing approach that turns the ball into a star-studded gala premiere with Snow White arriving in a horse-drawn limo and tv shows with interviewers using tin cans as microphones.
The rest of the film is lightweight and formulaic, driven by easy laughs and gags. There are good many slapstick clonks with the dwarves and a variety of comic relief supporting characters, the most dubious of which is a seal and walrus duo who are portrayed as racially-dubious rapper caricatures outfitted with Afros and bling. The most bizarre character is that of the dragon Bernie who wants to become a tap dancer, attempts to throw itself off a cliff with a block of stone tied around its neck at one point and gives the dwarf Bobo lessons on tying his shoelaces. There are a variety of bland songs throughout. The quality of animation is strictly average.