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Sequel to Disney's classic full-length animation 'Cinderella'. Cinderella and her Prince Charming have just returned from their honeymoon, and Cinders is finding it hard to fit into the routine of palace life. She has been quickly cast in the role of Royal Hostess and finds the prospect so daunting that she begins to think the happily-ever-afters might have been spoken too soon. But with the Fairy Godmother and her friends the mice on hand to help out, everything's sure to turn out fine in the end.
Disney has once again "sequelised" a classic feature with Cinderella II: Dreams Come True. With smart foresight, the filmmakers choose to go with three snappy short films to comprise this 73-minute feature with the Fairy Godmother granting wishes to various characters. In the opening short, Cinderella must pursue life as queen. Several feathers are ruffled as she brings her down-home ways to the castle (bring the commoners in and open those darn curtains). In the other tales, one of Cinderella's animal pals receives a chance to see the world quite differently and finally, Anastasia, Cinderella's formerly evil stepsister, finds love with a little help. As with the other sequels, the look of the film helps bring the distance between the original and the sequel (here over 50 years) come together seamlessly. Little ones from age four to nine should be entertained while purists may be a bit aghast. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.See all Product description
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My daughter, then 8, found the 50's classic a bit scary and much prefers this later frothier Cinderella II, which follows Cinders naive attempts to be a dutiful wife and all round Princess of the People. In fact the simple stories in Cinderella II are quite entertaining, and it follows Cinders attempt 'fit in' at court and to help her stepsister find love. At 11 my daughter moved on to seasons of The worst witch, Charmed, Bewitched and the likes of the Cadet Kelly teen movies, but to be honest she has probably just watched Cinderella I and II to death. Deep down I'm sure she still really loves the 'I'm a little princess' and 'Some day my prince will come' romanticism of these movies. Originally we only had the VHS version of this film, so this Special Edition DVD was a welcome step up in image quality.
There is a now a third 'straight to video' instalment in the Disney Cinderella series called 'Cinderella III: A twist in time' which my daughter (now 13) has quite enjoyed watching a couple of times, and the wicked stepmother is still as bovine as ever - this 'film' is also available on DVD. Of the three, this Cinderella II is still my daughters firm favourite [and she still watches all of them]. You can buy a Cinderella  Special Edition set, where you also get a few fun extras on a separate DVD. In this set you get just the movie & extras on a single DVD, plus the usual few adverts for other Disney films. Another option is the combined `Cinderella [Classic]' and `Cinderella II - Dreams come true' triple DVD set that apparently adds in a similar extras DVD - but it may be cheaper to buy these three DVDs as the two separate Special Edition sets. Cinderella III - Twist in time is only available on its own at the moment.
Personally I prefer the classic 50's original Cinderella (which I saw at the cinema as a child in the 60's), but certainly I found this Cinders II watchable as well - it has a certain charm (but it's not quite up to the standard of Barbie's Nutcracker, Rapunzel or Swan Lake). So recommended as a very good buy for any preteen girl who likes Barbie and Pink (probably from 4 up). My son (now 9) has sat through these Cinderella movies once or twice in sister's bedroom when younger, but definitely prefers the likes of the Fantastic Four and Sky High (or the PS2/Wii).
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