Happily N'Ever After

Happily N'Ever After

Paul J Bolger (2006)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


Animated comedy set in a world of fairytale characters, where an exhausted wizard struggles to ensure everyone gets the happy ending they deserve. However, when he takes a much-needed break, his sidekicks unwittingly allow Cinderella's wicked stepmother to get her hands on his magic staff - throwing the whole world into upheaval. With the voices of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sigourney Weaver.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Paul J Bolger
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Lionsgate UKAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 3 Aug 2007
Comedy Drama Children's