Happily N'Ever After

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Happily N'Ever After is a 2006 German-American computer-animated fantasy family film directed by Paul J. Bolger, produced by John H. Williams, written by Rob Moreland and based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. The title is the opposite of a stock phrase, happily ever after; the name is contracted with an apostrophe between the N and the E. The film stars the voices of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Andy Dick, Wallace Shawn, Patrick Warburton, Sigourney Weaver, and George Carlin in his final film appearance. A direct-to-video sequel, Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White Another Bite @ the Apple, was released on March 24, 2009.

Plot

Fairy Tale Land becomes a realm of happy endings gone wrong when Cinderella's wicked stepmother, Frieda, joins forces with legendary villains to tip the balance between good and evil. With events spinning wildly out of control, Cinderella, or Ella for short, must lead a resistance movement to defeat Frieda and restore order to the kingdom.

Why It Sucks

  1. Horrible and choppy Maya CGI animation, which makes this look more like a direct-to-video film or an animated television show made in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.
  2. The 3D character models look hideous and frightening, even with characters such as Frieda, Munk, Mambo, and Rumpelstiltskin.
  3. Confusing and plot hole-ridden story.
  4. Dumb and unfunny jokes in almost every scene, such as its overuse of fart jokes and toilet humor.
  5. Unoriginal writing.
  6. There are disturbing moments, such as The Prince jumping off the castle balcony upon realizing Ella's true form.
  7. Lazy and annoying voice acting, even from actors such as Sigourney Weaver, Patrick Warburton, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
  8. Poor, forgettable and below-average musical score. It even features dated music from the early 2000s.
  9. Forced pop culture references, especially for the Princess Bride and Happy Feet references.
  10. Almost every character in the movie is annoying and uninteresting, such as Ella, The Prince, and Frieda.
  11. Parodying fairy tales became extremely overdone at this point.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The casting is pretty well-crafted.
  2. The concept of all stories being controlled or bastardized by someone is interesting.
  3. Even though it was George Carlin's final movie, he did a very good job.

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