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Happily N'Ever After

Happily N'Ever After

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Director: Paul J. Bolger,

Cast: Paul J. Bolger, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Andy Dick


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Cinderella's wicked stepmother has tipped the balance of power toward the dark side in Fairy Tale Land, and now it's up to the put-upon princess to restore order and ensure that good triumphs in an animated adventure featuring the voices of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr.,


Cinderella's wicked stepmother has tipped the balance of power toward the dark side in Fairy Tale Land, and now it's up to the put-upon princess to restore order and ensure that good triumphs in an animated adventure featuring the voices of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sigourney Weaver, and George Carlin. For years, the Wise Wizard has worked hard to ensure that the scales of good and evil were always well-balanced, but as with any hard worker the Wise Wizard needs a relaxing vacation every once in a while. When the Wise Wizard goes on holiday, his faithful assistants Munk and Mambo make the crucial mistake of allowing Cinderella's wicked stepmother, Frieda, come into possession of their master's magical staff. With time fast running out before Frieda casts a shadow of darkness and sorrow over Fairy Tale Land, Cinderella must now awaken from her romantic dreams to take on her fearsome stepmother with a little help from her best friend, Rick, and a virtual army of heroic dwarves and fairies.

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Just when you thought the Shrek movies had said all there was to say in the genre of self-aware animated fairy tales, along comes Happily N'Ever After, which adds -- well, not much more, but enough to be worth making another movie? It's debatable. In terms of its financial resources, Vanguard Animation's Happily N'Ever After is more in line with the previous year's Hoodwinked, from Kanbar Animation. In other words, it's not really fair to compare it to a DreamWorks production like Shrek. The digital animation is relatively crude, the songs are bargain-basement thefts (Sopranos theme "Woke Up This Morning" is ripped off as a villain's march), and the vocal stars are the perennial B-list pairing of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. -- 'nuff said. This Cinderella redux sputters out of the gate, with a heavy dose of Prinze's jokily self-referential narration, and a definite has-been quality to the scenarios. Even the supporting vocal talent seems pretty musty -- Patrick Warburton, Andy Dick, and Wallace Shawn are not only veterans of multiple animated movies, but have also played these same characters in those movies (a vapid stuffed shirt, a weaselly sidekick, a neurotic sidekick). But Happily N'Ever After does find its pace a bit in the second act, literally taking flight when a bunch of witches board their motor-powered broomsticks, trailing clouds of colored exhaust as they attack Snow White's cottage, defended by a combat-ready Seven Dwarfs. Their aircraft is not particularly original, either -- Harry Potter and the Star Wars films are both heavy influences -- but at least the context is somewhat new and interesting. In the end, that's the best Happily N'Ever After can hope for -- to find occasional bursts of originality within a played-out framework.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Happily N'Ever After? - alternate ending; Deleted scenes: Lost in Fairy Tale Land; 3 fun featurettes: Journey of the Characters in the Enchanted Forest, Creating the Happily Story: Bringing N'Ever After to Life, From Storyboard to Fair Tale: A Comparison; Director's commentary; 5 games from the Department of Fairy Tale Security: Choose Your Own Fairy Tale Ending, Munk's Fairy Tale Fix, Mambo and Munk's Magical Matchmaker, Mambo's Memory Mix-Up, Create Your Own Witch's Broom; 16x9 widescreen version; English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital audio; English and Spanish subtitles; Trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sarah Michelle Gellar Ella
Freddie Prinze Rick
Andy Dick Mambo
Wallace Shawn Munk
Patrick Warburton Prince Humperdink
George Carlin The Wizard
Michael McShane Rumpelstiltskin
Sigourney Weaver Frieda
Terrence Evans Voice Only
Kathy Lamkin Voice Only
Marietta Marich Voice Only
Cyia Batten Voice Only
Lew Temple Voice Only

Technical Credits
Paul J. Bolger Director
Paul Buckley Score Composer
David Dulac Cinematographer
Liz Gallagher Musical Direction/Supervision
J. Chad Hammes Co-producer
Ringo Hess Editor
Ruth Lambert Casting
Robert Moreland Screenwriter
Rainer Soehnlein Executive Producer
Deane Taylor Production Designer
James L. Venable Score Composer
John H. Williams Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Happily N'Ever After [WS]
1. Introduction [1:48]
2. The Low Down [4:23]
3. The Royal Invitation [2:29]
4. Your Highness [3:00]
5. With Friends Like That [1:54]
6. Let's Get You Ready [5:01]
7. How a Prince Must Behave [3:52]
8. Perfect Princess [4:40]
9. Where Did That Maiden Go? [5:26]
10. We Need to Find Him [6:02]
11. Empress of Evil [2:14]
12. It Was Worth a Try [6:44]
13. Initiating Primary Defense [2:40]
14. We Got Witches [5:31]
15. I'll Go Look for Him [4:00]
16. Happy Endings Are Boring [4:23]
17. There's the Dashing Prince [3:28]
18. We're Cool, We're Low [6:00]
19. I Had One All Along [3:05]
20. Credits [10:05]


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Happily N'Ever After 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*Great animation entertainment. *Hilarious storyline and funny fairytale characters. This DVD would be good for youth 10 or 11 and above. *"Happily N'Ever After" is best, I believe, for adult animation humor than for youth; it is a great new twist on an old story.
StoryBreather More than 1 year ago
I laughed at this movie because it was so stupid. I thought it would be good, a cute little fairy tale, but it wasn't. The acting was terrible, and the stepmother, gah, what a horror.
carice More than 1 year ago
Despite what others think I love this cute little film. Sure it's not the best movie of all time, and sure it doesnt have the best animation. However I think it's a funny feal good movie for friday nights. It's one you can watch and not have to think about anything, you can just laugh at the characters and the situations that they get themselves into. Personaly I think that any age could enjoy this movie. After all Im 15 and I still enjoy this movie. Overall it's just a cute, funny, feal-good, and entertaining story that the entire family can enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A low budget quite boring movie with an occasional funny moment. Compared to other animated movies, it is not very good. Even my little brother found it boring. Quite disappointing really.
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