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Happily N'Ever After (2006)

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.

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Paul Bolger (as Paul J. Bolger), Yvette Kaplan | 2 more credits »

Writers:

Robert Moreland (as Rob Moreland), Doug Langdale (additional writing) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Carlin ... The Wizard (voice)
John DiMaggio ... Dwarf 1 / Dwarf 2 / Giant (voice) (as John De Maggio)
Andy Dick ... Mambo (voice)
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Ella (voice)
Lisa Kaplan Lisa Kaplan ... Fairy Godmother (voice)
Jill Talley ... Stepsister 2 / Witch 2 / Baby's Mother (voice) (as Jill Talley Kenny)
Tom Kenny ... Amigo 3 / Dwarf 3 / Messenger / Wolf 2 (voice) (as Tom J. Kenny)
Tress MacNeille ... Witch 1 (voice) (as Tress Mac Neille)
Michael McShane ... Rumplestiltskin (voice)
Rob Paulsen ... Amigo 2 (voice) (as Robert F. Paulsen III)
Jon Polito ... Wolf 1 (voice) (as John Polito)
Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Rick (voice)
Phil Proctor ... Amigo 1 (voice) (as Philip G. Proctor)
Wallace Shawn ... Munk (voice)
Kath Soucie ... Stepsister 1 / Baby / Red Riding Hood (voice) (as Kath E. Soucie)
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Storyline

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. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,608,244, 5 January 2007

Gross USA:

$15,589,393

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,085,778
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.'s fifth film together. They recorded many of their scenes in the same studio, which is rare for a full-length animated film. See more »

Quotes

Ella: [the Prince sniffs the air as they dance] What's wrong?
Prince Humperdink: I detect the strangest smell of pumpkin.
[grins]
Prince Humperdink: I like pumpkin.
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Crazy Credits

Somewhere in the final credits we find out that "Step Mother" gets new friends in a very cold place. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Fairy Godmother
Written by Andy Carroll, Nick Amour, Phil Sawyer, Will Johnstone
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A Nutshell Review: Happily N'ever After
10 March 2007 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

Happily N'ever After is a play on the usual and expected ending of all fairy tales, where the guy will get the girl, defeat the evil queen/king, and ride off into the sunset. What happens after that, frankly, nobody cares, as it's as perfect an ending as it can possibly be.

The storyline here takes a peek into what can actually go wrong, if "happily ever after" gets traded for "happily never after". Fate as it seems, in Fairy Tale Land, is managed in a castle top by a caretaker wizard (George Carlin) and his two bumbling helpers Mambo (Andy Dick) and Monk (Wallace Shawn). In their lair, there's the book of fairy tales which dictates the lives of everyone in the land, a remote controlled looking glass for that big-brother peep into their lives, and a set of scales, which can be tipped into Good or Bad directions to influence the proceedings of the fairytale.

Central to the plot, despite a host of other familiar and identifiable tales like Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood, is that of Cinderella's. Ella (as she is known here, voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar) as usual is being bullied by her wicked stepmother (aren't they always), voiced by Sigourney Weaver, and ugly stepsisters (Kath Soucie and Jill Talley), and we encounter the same scenario about going to the Prince's (Patrick Warburton) ball, fairy godmother, pumpkin coach, glass slippers and all. Only that this time, the spotlight is put on the Prince's kitchen helper Rick (Freddie Prinze Jr), the chief protagonist and narrator of the story.

Rick secretly loves Ella, and cannot fathom why the entire kingdom is smitten with the buffoon of a prince charming - Prince Humperdink. It seems to copy the formula set out by Shrek, that if you have a prince, making him a less than perfect specimen character-wise, to draw out the laughs. In the presence of his incompetence, Rick and Ella gotta combine forces to save their land and restore order when Ella's stepmother gains control over the wizard's staff and lair. That about sums up the plot.

Delivery wise, the animation looked rather uninspiring. 3D animated movies have reached a certain threshold, and no longer commands the wows. It's not that it isn't gorgeous, just not fantastically so. The voice talents are relatively unknowns, except for the leads, and seemed to have gone the opposite direction to the mantra of filling the movie with as many recognizable stars as possible, in order to put attention to the story and dialogue. Sadly, the story's rather plain, with an expected ending, and the dialogue, lacking in wit and spunk. There are scenes which try to be funny, but just fall flat.

In an animated movie where fairy tale characters run amok, the movie coasts along without much madness infused. But definitely easy enough for its intended target audience - the children - to understand and enjoy.


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