Happily N'Ever After

  • U
  • Paul J Bolger (2006)
  • US / Ger
  • 83 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Once upon a time, animated movies treated fairy tale classics with respect. Then came Shrek with its polished CGI visuals and hilariously irreverent revamp of fairy-tale lore. Two Shrek sequels and Hoodwinked later, this bandwagon-jumping outing offers more of the same with an ironic take on Cinderella. Sigourney Weaver voices the wicked stepmother who keeps Ella (Sarah Michelle Gellar) from marrying the preening Prince Humperdink (Patrick Warburton) by taking over the Department of Fairy Tale Land Security. There she can alter fairy-tale endings so nobody lives happily ever after. Hot on her heels is Rick (Freddie Prinze Jr), a kitchen boy at the palace and Ella's true love. Bland vocal performances and derivative jokes won't entertain youngsters accustomed to more refined CGI fare. The funniest moments come courtesy of the supporting characters - biker witches flying motorised broomsticks; gangster wolves - yet even they can't hide the fact that this fairy tale lacks sparkle.

Plot Summary

Animated fantasy comedy featuring the voices of Sigourney Weaver, Sara Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. Servant girl Ella battles to restore order after her wicked stepmother tries to tip the balance of power between good and evil so that no fairy-tale can have a happy ending.

Cast and crew

Cast

Frieda
Sigourney Weaver
Ella
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Rick
Freddie Prinze Jr
Prince Humperdink
Patrick Warburton
Mambo
Andy Dick
Munk
Wallace Shawn
The Wizard
George Carlin
Rumpelstiltskin
Micheal McShane
Fairy Godmother
Lisa Kaplan

Crew

Director
Paul J Bolger

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Lionsgate UK
Available on DVD
Released 3 Aug 2007
Certificate U
Distributor:
Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd
Categories
Comedy
Childrens
Drama

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