Disney’s “The 7D,” a contemporary, comedic take on the world of the Seven Dwarfs, will premiere MONDAY, JULY 7 (10:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD, and will debut on Disney Channel and Disney Junior later this year. Joining the voice cast are Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg in the recurring roles of Crystal Ball and Magic Mirror, respectively. The series’ previously announced voice cast includes Kelly Osbourne as the comically evil villain Hildy Gloom.
This June, Disney Publishing Worldwide will release “The 7D Mine Train” app, a side-scrolling adventure that introduces users to the re-imagined Seven Dwarfs and allows them to choose one of the characters to pilot a mine cart through a variety of Jollywood locales including the 7D’s mine, the Gloom’s Grotto and the Queen’s Treasure Room, collecting gems along the way.
Set in the contemporary storybook world of Jollywood, “The 7D” follows brave little heroes Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc as they work together to maintain order in the kingdom. Standing in their way are Grim and Hildy Gloom, a novice warlock and witch couple, who haplessly plot to dethrone the Queen and take over Jollywood.
In the premiere episode, “Long, Long Winter/Itsy Bitsy Spider Fighters,” the 7D rescue the villagers of Jollywood from an eternal winter spell that the Glooms have cast on the kingdom and help Queen Delightful rid the castle of a pesky spider.
“I always find that everyone just wants to do their best, but I always find that if I can entertain myself, because l think we are probably the hardest critics on our own performance …you go out and say oh what was I doing on that take. Uh, you want to do your best, so if you can entertain yourself, generally the audience will be entertained. So, I always put that as a bench mark. If I can make it as funny as the line really is in the performance, I think I’ve done my job.” — Bill Farmer, Variety 411 Interview
The 7D Opening Sequence
Press for The 7D:
:“The 7D” is directed by Kelly Ward, who directed all six/seven years of “Mickey Mouse 7DnewdesignsClubhouse”, so I know him very well. Tom Ruegger, who did “Animaniacs”, is the producer. It is kind of a prequel in the way to “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. So there is no Snow White. They look much different as well from what you would expect with the classic Dwarfs. They decided to reinvent them since the things that they do are in a more modern fairy tale land. So rather than have the traditional dwarfs change their characters, they started from the ground up and came up with a new incarnation of these dwarfs. They are very well written and we have an amazing cast. It is definitely the who’s who in the voice over world including Maurice LaMarche, Kevin Michael Richardson, Billy West, Scott Menville, Stephen Stanton, Dee Bradley Baker and many more. We just finished recording the first season of 20-30 episodes and it was such a blast. They are being animated as we speak and it should hit the air somewhere around June this year. So I get to voice Doc and also a new dog character named Sir Yips A-lot, which was cool since I go to do more dogs besides just Pluto.”
Voice-over actors are rarely seen, not even by other voice actors. They’re confined to a small, sound-proof recording booth until their role is perfected. They may only see fellow cast members as they arrive to, or depart from, their recording sessions. Using only audio cues to relay the complexities of their character’s emotional and physical journey, the voice over artists are left alone to create their character’s unique auditory traits. When a cast does have the opportunity to converge, their delight in seeing each other reaches deafening decibels.
To discuss the creation of their characters in “The 7D”, Disney’s comedic take on the world of the “Seven Dwarves”, eight voice over veterans gathered at the Variety offices and proceed to tease, torment and spread lavish praise to each other for over an hour. In addition to discussing their 7D characters, Maurice LaMarche (Grumpy), Jess Harnell (Grim Gloom), Bill Farmer (Doc/Sir Yipsalot), Kevin Michael Richardson (Happy), Scott Menville (Sneezy), Paul Rugg (Lord Starchbottom), Stephen Stanton (Sleepy) and Billy West (Bashful), along with voice director Kelly Ward, shared important highlights pertaining to their craft. In the first of a two part series, these icons of the industry explain the craft of voice overs – in their own words, (and with the voices of Ozzy Osborne, Orson Welles, Jason Alexander, and countless animated characters)
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