Happily N'Ever AfterJanuary 5, 2007
An alliance of evil-doers, led by Frieda, looks to take over Fairy Tale Land. But when Ella realizes her stepmother is out to ruin her storybook existence, she takes a dramatic turn and blossoms into the leader of the resistance effort.
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 4.2/10 (5,695 voted)
Critic's Score: 28/100
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Patrick Warburton
As the story begins, an alliance of evil fairy tale-doers, led by Frieda, looks to take over Fairy Tale Land and take control of. But when Ella A.K.A. Cinderella realizes her own evil stepmother is out to ruin her storybook existence, she takes a dramatic turn and blossoms into the leader of the resistance effort.
Writers: Douglas Langdale, Robert Moreland
John Di Maggio
(as John De Maggio)
Sarah Michelle Gellar
(as Jill Talley Kenny)
(as Tom J. Kenny)
(as Tress Mac Neille)
(as Robert F. Paulsen III)
(as John Polito)
Freddie Prinze Jr.
(as Philip G. Proctor)
Red Riding Hood
(as Kath E. Soucie)
Release Date: 5 January 2007
Filming Locations: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: £62,622
(5 August 2007)
(11 February 2007)
Did You Know?
The original actor who was to play Rumplestiltskin, died during the making of the film and was replaced with Michael McShane.
Can I get you guys a refill on the mead?
[gestures to a chair]
What's your rush, kid? Sit down!
Take a load off! Pour yourself a glass.
All right! Don't mind if I do. You know, that's the first time anybody asked me to sit down…
[puts feet up, accidentally kicks fork, drink flies across room and melts witch]
So, what's your name, kid?
So, are you a good guy, or a bad guy, or what kind?
Neither! I work in the kitchen.
Let me give you some advice. Around here, you're either a good guy, or a bad guy. And between you and me, I don't see much future in being good. *Capiche*?
Great plan, just wasn't quite carried out…
I looked forward to this movie, having been pleasantly surprised by
other fractured fairy tales such as "Shrek" and even "Hoodwinked", and
I really wanted to like this one a lot, but as it was, I only like it a
Here's the lowdown: Cinderella, or Ella, as friends call her (Sarah
Michelle Gellar) is taken with the charming but clueless Prince
Humperdink (Patrick Warburton), but in the classic fashion of the fairy
tale we all know, stepmother Frieda (Sigourney Weaver) has other
ideas–when she stumbles upon the lab of a powerful wizard (George
Carlin) and runs afoul of his hapless assistants, Mambo and Munk (Andy
Dick and Wallace Shawn, respectively) she learns that everyone's fate
in Fairy Tale Land is pre-written, can be manipulated, and proceeds to
do so. She garners the support of just about every fairy tale villain
in a regular coup, Forcing Ella, Mambo, Munk, and cynical palace
dishwasher Rick (Freddie Prinze Jr.) to search for the Prince, or some
way out of the mess.
This film looks terrific–the visuals of Fairy Tale land are quite
stunning, and the character design, along with capable voicing, makes
the characters memorable. Even the idea is juicy, and leads to other
interesting notions, such as the view of Rumplestiltskin (Michael
McShane channeling Gilbert Gottfried) as a concerned guardian. The
problem–and it's a big one–is that they all deserve a better
executed, better timed story. The plot, while intriguing in concept,
drags in too many places, and there just feels like a few too many
holes are left here and there. The disjointed use of the talent is
somewhat evident as well; I'm somewhat used to guys like Warburton,
Shawn, and Andy Dick getting the great lines, and Dick does get some
good ones, but most of the good lines are divided between Prinze and
Weaver. Oh, they handle them effectively enough, but the uneven feel
loses punch for the whole production. So technically, it's excellent,
but overall, it's mediocre. You should really wait for DVD on this