8
Add review

Happily N'Ever After

Everyone remembers the story of Cinderella, right? A plain Jane (voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar) who’s perpetually abused by her wicked stepmother (Sigourney Weaver)? She meets a prince and loses a shoe? Apparently, since most five-year-olds are now too busy downloading Pixar films onto their iPods, they don’t have time to watch a straightforward rendition of a fairy tale. And so animated bedtime stories have to be self-conscious and full of contemporary pop-cultural references (thanks a lot, ‘Shrek’). These revisionist toons should also be semi-watchable, however, a modest goal that is way beyond this plasticine product’s grasp. You expect a certain amount of sugar and snark in a modern children’s film, but this tossed-off retelling reeks of folks just out to make a cheap buck.

In Fairytaleland, Cinderella’s stepmother tries to put a stop to all happy endings. It’s up to Ella, a doting servant (Freddie Prinze Jr) and two wisecracking animals (Wallace Shawn and whiny Andy Dick, both phoning it in) to save the day. Quality-controlled this ain’t: The computerised animation is cut-rate; the script keeps piling on clunker jokes that even toddlers will find lame; and Prinze proves he isn’t any better an actor in two dimensions than he is in three. David Fear

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday August 3 2007
Duration: 87 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Paul J Bolger
Screenwriter: Rob Moreland

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
LiveReviews|8
1 person listening
honeybee

My grandaughter and I went to see this film not knowing what to expect and both enjoyed and grandaughter said would go again think other folk have been to see different film

honeybee

My grandaughter and I went to see this film not knowing what to expect and both enjoyed and grandaughter said would go again think other folk have been to see different film

Mum Parry

I took my 5 year old daughter to see this - it was short enough to keep her interested and she seemed to enjoy it. I would say there's not enough 'silly' moments to really appeal to a 5 year old though.

Mum Parry

I took my 5 year old daughter to see this - it was short enough to keep her interested and she seemed to enjoy it. I would say there's not enough 'silly' moments to really appeal to a 5 year old though.