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Happily N'Ever After

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2006
  • Paul J Bolger
  • 83 mins
  • U

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

Credits

Cast

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FriedaSigourney Weaver
EllaSarah Michelle Gellar
RickFreddie Prinze Jr
Prince HumperdinkPatrick Warburton
MamboAndy Dick
MunkWallace Shawn
The WizardGeorge Carlin
RumpelstiltskinMicheal McShane
Fairy GodmotherLisa Kaplan

Crew

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DirectorPaul J Bolger

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate UK
Released on
2007-08-03
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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