7 dwarfs - men alone in the forest

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Original title 7 dwarfs - men alone in the forest
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 2004
length 85 minutes
Age rating FSK 0
Director Sven Unterwaldt
script Bernd Eilert
Sven Unterwaldt
Otto Waalkes
Bernd Pfarr
Pit Knorr
Hans Zippert
production Douglas Welbat
Bernd Eilert
Andreas Grosch
Andreas Schmid
Otto Waalkes
Jürgen Draabe
Maren Elbrechtz
Bastian Griese
Klaus Hefele
Jörn Holm
Ulrike Kipka
Dirk Lisowsky
Jens Walther Meyer
Gereon Sommerhauser
music Joja Wendt
camera Jo home
cut Julia von Frihling

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7 Dwarfs - Men Alone in the Forest is a comedy by and with Otto Waalkes , which is based very freely on the fairy tale Snow White and the seven dwarfs by the Brothers Grimm . The film, supported by the Filmstiftung NRW , among others , became the second most successful film in German cinemas in 2004, with almost 7 million viewers. In addition, it is considered to be the eleventh most successful German film ever since the introduction of audience figures in 1968.


The dwarfs Brummboss, Sunny, Cloudy, Tschakko, Cookie, Bubi and Speedy live deep in the dark Unterwaldt . They chose to live without pesky beings called women because they all fell on their faces when dealing with them. The brothers Sunny and Cloudy were hired by their nasty teacher, Dr. Billerböck kicked out of the theater group because Cloudy couldn't play funny pigs and Sunny couldn't play a bad wolf. Speedy was madly in love with Rapunzel , but didn't get into the tower fast enough and was cast out by her in favor of a prince charming. Bubi was thrown into the forest by his mother while fleeing from a bank robbery from a hot air balloon and picked up there by Brummboss. Tschakko, the fighting dwarf, can't beat women, and Cookie doesn't even go down well with his mother with his vegetarian food. Brummboss always only talks about " that night " (accompanied by a flash scene in the film), but never what is behind it (in the end, however, the riddle is solved). Then there is Ralfie, who wants to join the dwarfs' flat share, but is not allowed to participate for legal reasons (after all there are only seven dwarfs).

One day the life of the dwarfs is thrown upside down because Little Red Riding Hood dares to venture into her forest, which is already being observed by Bubi and can only be scared away at the last moment by Chakko, who is wearing a bear costume. The dwarves decide to tear down the bridge to the forest. Tschakko suggests to do this with his nitroglycerine mixture, which has already shown a resounding effect during the large haul. The other dwarfs, however, who can remember the result only too well, refuse, and as an alternative solution, a sign is put up which forbids women from entering the dwarf forest.

Meanwhile, Snow White, who is growing up in an orphanage, has to flee from the evil queen and the sinister henchman Split ends, because they want to get the pretty girl out of the way. Despite the sign, she runs into the forest and hides in the dwarf house, which was empty at the time. She is pursued by a hunter and his bloodhound Brutus (the West Highland Terrier Gustl). The two are stopped by Ralfie, who lets them through when he is pointed out to his greatest flaw as a dwarf: He is too big. However, the hunter cannot find Snow White and returns to the queen. When asked why he didn't bring Snow White alive, he replies that Brutus ate it.

When the dwarfs arrive at the house, they discover that someone has meanwhile entered. When Grumpy Boss tries to calm his boys' panic, Snow White appears and quickly turns the head of the house owner. They decide that Snow White can stay with them and share their house for her. Meanwhile, the queen learns from her mirror that Snow White is anything but dead.

The dwarfs are arguing about who is allowed to sleep on the top of their six-story bed when Bubi realizes that Snow White will be 18 the next day. Of course the dwarves want to celebrate. But wasn't tomorrow the 18th anniversary of “THAT night”? ...

The next morning the dwarfs were preparing a surprise party when the queen and split ends kidnap Snow White with an oversized Tupperware box .

When the dwarfs come home, they realize that Snow White has been kidnapped. Growler knows the queen is behind it. The dwarfs then decide to free Snow White. Shortly before they penetrate the castle, Brummboss reveals the true events of THAT night: On THAT night Brummboss, who was the rightful king at the time, was expecting his first child with his wife: Snow White. But the current queen and her henchman split ends were the doctors acting at the time, who brought the sad news to Grumpy Boss that both the woman and the child had not survived the birth (the latter being a lie). Grumbleboss then resigned his office as king and abdicated. This is how the dwarves get to grips with the real story. They are now all trying to free Snow White from the prison of the castle, which they succeed and which means that she escapes the undulation caused by THE CHAIR. Grumpy boss also regains control of his kingdom, as the people recognize him as their old and rightful king. As a thank you for the help, Brummboss promises his daughter Snow White to one of his six dwarfs. To do this, he drops a feather and the one on whose head it lands is allowed to marry Snow White. But Snow White reveals that she has already found her true love in the court jester with whom she was imprisoned.

So the dwarfs disappear and return to their forest, this time together with Ralfie, who is finally accepted as the seventh dwarf. They vow to each other anew that they will never get involved with women again - until a few moments later Little Red Riding Hood meets her hut.




“The audience will like it because the performers crack exactly the kind of jokes that they are valued for on television. In addition, the unusual look of the film is surprising, which alone justifies a cinema show. Shortcoming: Instead of a story, there is only a gag fireworks display that sometimes ignites more, sometimes less. Conclusion: The first Otto film in which not only Otto plays a leading role and which is still fun. "

- Cinema , October 28, 2004

“The trivial stupid comedy uses the fairy tale as a constant source of suggestive jokes and infantile pun. This does not result in a "real", dramaturgically even halfway convincing movie, but only a number platform for the current German (television) comedian squad, in which at most a few gags and parody side glances ignite. "

“The dramaturgy, if one can use the term here, follows the principle of the numbers revue , including a parody of the opening credits of ' Gute Zeiten, Bad Zeiten '. But be careful: the viewer is more concentrated in the cinema than in front of the television. Gags are not served arbitrarily between commercial breaks, but kindly push the action forward. "

- Frank Noack, Der Tagesspiegel from October 28, 2004

“Otto is not just the smallest of the dwarfs. He hardly has anything to report either. The initiator of the company is wise to turn '7 dwarfs' into something like a showcase for the local comedy scene. Down to the smallest supporting roles, almost everyone appears that Germany found funny in the post-Otto era. And they can do what you love them for. "

- Josef Engels, Die Welt, October 28, 2004

“Non-stop gags at pre-school level create annoyance rather than pleasure in this comedy production. Two halfway funny gags during an entire film are simply not enough. What actor and screenplay co-author Otto Waalkes thought, only he will be able to answer. Anyone who hoped that the high number of German comedians would tear something here will also be disappointed. So this is just a silly slapstick that is just as dusty as the pepped up fairy tale. "


  • At the beginning of the film, the camera moves over a map that looks like The Lord of the Rings . Certain place names and terrain points appear, the names of which are corruptions of the names of some actors and the rest of the staff. Names like "Joheim" (Jo Heim), "Olms Klamm" (Hans Werner Olm), "Schloss Hagenstolz" (Nina Hagen & CS Hagen), "Cosmashiva-Allee" (CS Hagen), "Hilmis Hain" (Hilmi Sözer), Frihlingen (Julia von Frihling) or "Unterwaldt" (director Sven Unterwaldt). “Olms Klamm” is also reminiscent of “Helms Klamm” from The Lord of the Rings .

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