Accessing a classic fairytale and finding new ways to bring it to audiences, Disney Television Animation begun production on the new animated series "The 7D," a comedic take on the world of Seven Dwarves, this time in a contemporary storybook world designed for viewers age 2-7 and their families. The series was previously slated to debut in 2014 on Disney Junior channels and programming blocks around the world. The series was redesigned for all ages set to appear on all three Disney channels but has yet to receive a new future release date. The announcement was made June 2012 by Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.
The executive producer is Emmy Award-winning Tom Ruegger (Animaniacs). Tom Warburton (Codename: Kids Next Door) is co-executive producer, while Alfred Gimeno (Tiny Toon Adventures) is the director and Sherri Stoner (Pinky and the Brain) is the story editor. The characters are designed by Noah Z. Jones (Fish Hooks).
The series takes place in the whimsical world of Jollywood, where Queen Delightful relies on the 7D – Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Dopey, Sneezy, Bashful and Doc – to keep the kingdom in order. Standing in their way are two laughably evil villains, Grim and Hildy Gloom, who plot to take over the kingdom by stealing the magical jewels in the 7D's mine. With seven very distinct personalities, the 7D always manage to save the day and send Grim and Hildy running back to their evil lair to try another day.
This is the first TV series on Disney XD to be rated TV-Y.
Several times in the closed captions, "Heigh Ho" is spelt as "Hi Ho".
The series was originally going to premiere on Disney Channel on August 18, 2014 but was later moved to September 15, 2014 to September 21, 2014 for seven days and nine premieres.
The series premiered on "Disney Junior on Disney Channel" on December 26, 2014 and stopped airing in February 2015 to air more episodes of the new Disney Junior series, Miles from Tomorrowland. It was later moved to the Disney Junior channel until April 2015.
Despite Tom Warburton's initial announcement that The 7D would air its last episode in September 2016, official Disney XD highlights confirmed that no episodes would premiere for that month.