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Charming fairy tale, but mostly for little kids

January 09, 2007|by DARCY SHULL

Review

Do you get bored with fairy tales always ending happily ever after?

In "Happily N'Ever After," Cinderella's stepmother, Frieda, tries to change all that.

Frieda (voiced by Sigourney Weaver) finds out that every fairy tale in the world is controlled by the Wizard. When he goes on vacation, he leaves the fairy tales in the hands of his two harebrained assistants, Munk and Mambo. Their only job is to make sure that the scales of good and evil remain in balance, so that the stories go as planned.

When Frieda takes control of the Wizard's staff, however, the fate of every character is threatened.

Meanwhile, Ella, (Sarah Michelle Gellar) as her friends call her, is infatuated with the handsome but dimwitted Prince Charming. When Charming leaves the kingdom, the cynical royal dishwasher, Rick, (Freddie Prinze Jr.) joins Ella, Munk and Mambo in saving Fairytale Land and proves to her that they don't need the prince to be heroes.

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This movie is appealing enough, but I'm pretty sure my friend and I were the only teenagers there. There are some amusing parts that we laughed at, but the animation is average. The way the characters look and move reminds me of "Shrek."

I don't really know if I would recommend this film to teenagers and adults, but it's definitely a good movie for families with young children.

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