When animation artist Harald Siepermann, known for his character designs on Disney features like Tarzan, Enchanted, and The Emperor’s New Groove, passed away from cancer in 2013, he was in the middle of directing his first feature film project The Seventh Dwarf, based on the successful German live-action franchise.
The CG-animated film, which came out in Germany last year as Der 7bte Zwerg, will be released theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on July 31, 2015 from Shout! Factory Films. The actor Boris Aljinovic shares a co-directing credit with Siepermann on the finished project, which is a mash-up of famous fairytale characters and plotlines. In the film, the youngest of the seven dwarfs, Bobo, accidentally pricks the finger of Princess Rose (aka Sleeping Beauty) with a needle, forcing him and the other dwarfs to travel into the future to find Rose’s true love, Jack, and awaken the kingdom from its slumber.