A new take on the Seven Dwarfs with '7D' on DisneyXD

Monday, 07 July 2014 01:35 PM Written by 

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Leave it to Disney to debut a new Seven Dwarfs animated TV series on a Disney cable network the same summer that the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride debuts at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

Ah, corporate synergy!

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Disney XD's "The 7D" (10 a.m. today) is a modern, comedic take on the Seven Dwarfs story, though there's no Snow White and the setting is the kingdom of Jollywood, which isn't a name I recall from the classic story. And the characters, though retaining the names of the original dwarfs from "Snow White" are pretty blandly drawn. So really, this show is just an opportunistic effort to ride the coattails of a Disney classic.

The theme song for the show begins with the familiar "Heigh Ho" and then quickly ditches that familiar tune for something more pop-punk. The original, below, is better:

One interesting thing popped out at me during the end credits of "The 7D": The show's story editor is Sherri Stoner, who was the live-action model for Ariel during production of "The Little Mermaid."

Here's how Disney XD describes "The 7D":

 

Set in the contemporary and whimsical world of Jollywood, "The 7D" story finds the 7D – Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc – hard at work helping the quirky Queen Delightful (voiced by Leigh-Allyn Baker of Disney Channel's "Good Luck Charlie") keep her kingdom in order. Kelly Osbourne will voice the role of Hildy Gloom, a novice witch who, together with her warlock husband Grim (voiced by Emmy-nominated Jess Harnell of Disney Junior's "Sofia the First" and "Doc McStuffins"), haplessly plot to overthrow the kingdom.

 

The stellar voice cast includes Disney Legend Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy) as Doc, Maurice LaMarche ("Pinky and the Brain") as Grumpy, Kevin Michael Richardson ("Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja") as Happy, Dee Bradley Baker ("Phineas and Ferb") as Dopey, Scott Menville ("Teen Titans") as Sneezy, Stephen Stanton ("Doc McStuffins") as Sleepy, Billy West ("Ren & Stimpy") as Bashful and Paul Rugg ("Animaniacs") as Lord Starchbottom.

Meme master Parry Gripp, the creative force behind such viral videos as "Hamster On A Piano (Eating Popcorn)" and "Baby Monkey (Going Backwards On A Pig)," is the songwriter and composer for the series and also performs the theme song.

 

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