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5.0 out of 5 stars I Agree: My kids loved it - and that's what matters, 21 Nov. 2008
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This review is from: Happily N'Ever After [DVD] (DVD)
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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