SNEAKERELLA – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

A hip-hop, gender-swapped twist on the classic fairy tale, the musical Sneakerella likely will appeal to young viewers and tweens, even if older viewers find parts of it a tough fit. Making her feature directing debut, Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum embraces the fairy dust, with artistic sketches that come to animated life, framing that rotates so the protagonist dances up walls, and both subtle and fantastical spurts of magic. The songs and dance numbers are lively, and the well-worn message that you’re rewarded for being yourself is as comforting as a favorite slipper.

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