A Preview of Harald Siepermann’s First (And Last) Feature Directorial Effort “The 7th Dwarf”

Der 7bte Zwerg (The 7th Dwarf) is a new animated film currently in production by German companies Zipfelmützen Film and Erfttal Film. The animated feature is an expansion of the live-action Seven Dwarves franchise, which has thus far resulted in two popular German films: Seven Dwarves: Men Alone in the Wood (2004) and Seven Dwarves: The Forest Is Not Enough (2006).

Based on early descriptions of the film, the story centers around Bubi, the seventh dwarf, who accidentally pricks a sleeping princess, triggering the curse of an evil ice queen and sending the entire kingdom into a century-long slumber. He and his six cohorts then travel into the future with a charming prince and a suicidal dragon in an effort to save their fairy tale kingdom.


It is directed by actor Boris Aljinovic and the late Harald Siepermann and will be distributed by Universal Pictures Germany. Siepermann, who passed away last February, was an accomplished character designer and visual development artist whose work was seen in Disney’s Tarzan, The Emperor’s New Groove and Enchanted, among others. The 7th Dwarf, which was to be Siepermann’s first animated feature as a director, will be released at the end of January 2014, almost one year after his passing.


Siepermann’s influence can be seen in these visdev pieces by Paolo Giandoso. It’s a pity the same can’t be said for the teaser trailer, however, we remain optimistic.

(Thanks, Florian Satzinger, via Cartoon Brew’s news submission forum)


  • slowtiger

    German CGI features are still a disgrace in every aspect, visually, story-wise, timing, dialogue, voice acting, whatever, and this one will be no exception.

  • Joachim Sohn

    Have a look at ‘Lissi and the wild emperor’ by HerbXfilm (Munich), slowtiger. That one wasn’t too bad.

  • Alex Dudley

    For a minute I thought those concept art pics were rendered stills from the movie.
    Figures it was too good to be true.

  • akira

    dragon looks cool. and good to see that the actress who played yzma found another role

    • Ronnie

      …Eartha Kitt, the actress who played Yzma, died five years ago, may she rest in peace.

      • Andrew Brooks

        Is Nina Hagen doing the voice for this???

  • Tim Elliot

    The concept art is beautiful. The teaser is disappointing. The animation feels like a first pass.

  • Nikolas

    Maybe they’ll publish a book of conceptual artwork for the film. I hope they do!