Sometimes the people behind animated films don’t get all the glory, but they’re the ones who make the films come alive. Insert Animators, Directors, Producers, Voice Directors, Production Teams, Editing, etc. I had the pleasure of interviewing Tony Bancroft, Voice Director of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, and he shared all kinds of insight of his work behind the scenes – plus his love of Patrick Warburton. I mean, who doesn’t love him?
Interview with Tony Bancroft
Tony Bancroft worked with Disney Studios for 12 years and has animated many beloved characters like Pumbaa from The Lion King, Kronk from The Emperor’s New Groove, and Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast. He has also directed films and now has lent his talent as Voice Director in Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, a modern take on Snow White.
Check out our interview below where we discuss the important message in the film, how you transition from one role to the next, and how The Emperor’s New Groove is highly underrated.
What is Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs About?
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. Chloë 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!
Is Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs kid friendly? There’s nothing inappropriate in this film for young kids, and it does teach about positive body image. Sometimes the way that reach that conclusion may be a little misguided, but overall there’s enough humor to keep little ones entertained. It’s a cute film with great voice talent!