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Happily N'Ever After [DVD] [2007]

3.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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There are so many negative comments about this film both here and on the US Amazon site that I am compelled to counter. I agree that this film is not intellectually challenging, but that is also the case with many enjoyable films directed at children. That's not to say that it is grossly simplistic - it has some lovely embedded messages to get across and I think that it succeeds brilliantly on that account. My 4 year daughter after watching the film (for the 3rd time) turned to me and said: "Cinderella likes the washing-up boy and he isn't the prince, but he saved her and likes her back" - you don't get that from Shrek 3 (which she hated).

The tunes are sparse but the ones that stick in my mind are delightful and memorable - namely the ballroom music and the "If I get what I want will I like what I get" tune. My daughter sings along with the words to the latter and, again, isn't that a lovely message to get across? She has also spotted aspects of the film that I didn't notice: the fact that the bouncy hairdo of the Prince is mirrored by his horse's mane, the fact that the horse (mostly in the background) is visibly and humourously unimpressed with the words and behaviour of its owner, etc. I was greatly amused to see that the disco moves of one of the ogres is almost identical to the hilarious dance-floor antics of one David Brent ("The Office" - UK version).

In summary, stop over-analysing and enjoy/buy this film for what it is: a light, enjoyable, delightfully animated frolic aimed at children.
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By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jun. 2008
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I haven't seen this film in its entirety but then it was always for my primary-school-age daughters anyway, so I think any review of this should be based on what THEY think of it, not what I think. And they definitely like it a lot! As a parent who needs to entertain the children and keep them happy, this DVD fills that need for an hour or two - or rather longer as it has turned out, because they want to watch it again and again. They have most of the 'usual suspects' in their cupboard, such as all three Shreks, Incredibles, Ice Age, Finding Nemo and many more, but they always crave something new and it was nice to hear them laughing to this latest one from beginning to end, and even better when my 5-year-old came up to me afterwards to explain what it was all about. It might be more suitable for girls than boys, but as a present for children of this age I really think you won't go far wrong. It's not the best of its kind (Shrek, Toy Story, Ice Age, Monsters Inc and Ratatouille are better at being great for all the family) but let's remember that children are far less critical than we are, and this film needs to be judged from a young person's perspective! I would recommend it.
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Our story takes place in Fairytale Land, a kingdom populated by every fairytale character you've ever met. The balance between good and evil is maintained by a wizard (George Carlin) who makes sure that every story follows the book.

The time has come for Cinderella (Sarah Michelle Gellar) to have her fairytale ending. The Prince (named Humperdink. A nod to Princess Bride? Either way, he's voiced by Patrick Warburton) is hosting a ball on his twenty-first birthday. Cinderella is set to go and fall in love, just as the story dictates.

This doesn't sit well with Rick (Freddie Prinze, Jr.). He's a servant in the castle and has fallen for the beautiful Cinderella. Fighting a bad case of prince envy, he wonders why he never gets a happy ending.

While all this is happening, the wizard decides to go on vacation and he turns things over to his two assistants, Munk and Mambo (Wallace Shawn and Andy Dick). Mambo wants to add a bit of variety to the stories while the wizard is away, and the two start fighting.

Overhearing their fight is Frieda (Sigourney Weaver). She's Cinderella's evil step mother. She seizes the golden opportunity to take over the kingdom and tip the scales toward evil. Now it's up to Cinderella and a very reluctant Rick to return happy endings to Fairytale Land.

I'm always up for a good fractured fairytale, a genre that has become popular since the success of Shrek. I was looking forward to this one, but it failed to live up to expectations.

The biggest problem with the movie is the lack of development. Everything felt rushed, like it knew what it had to do and wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible.
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By Mummy of Two TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2011
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Not as good as the second one but still a good family film.

Since watching the second one Happily N'Ever After 2 I have to say that this one in hindsight isn't as good however we still really enjoyed it. I can see that it has had quite a few negative reviews and everyone is entitled to their own view on it but for us we still really enjoyed the film. This one is based on the whole Cinderella and wicked step mother tale and didn't have as many funny moments in it as the second one but I would definitely say it is worth a watch especially for younger girls.
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I have to say I was a bit apprehensive after reading some highly negative reviews - to say it is the worst animated film ever is absurd! Our five year old daughter loves it and wants to watch it over and over again. For a kids film that ticks all the boxes in my book. A good film and a bargain at the current price
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