Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White—Another Bite @ the Apple
Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White—Another Bite at the Apple is a 2009 American-German computer-animated direct-to-video film and sequel to Happily N'Ever After released on DVD on March 24, 2009, which features the voices of Helen Niedwick, Cam Clarke, Jim Sullivan, Kirk Thornton, Cindy Robinson, David Lodge, and Catherine Lavin. Mambo, Munk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, the Fairy Godmother, The Big Bad Wolf, The Trolls, Sleeping Beauty and the Dwarves are the only characters to return from the first film. None of the cast members returned for this film.
Why It Sucks
- The Maya CGI animation is at its worst here, even more than the original film as it comes off as cheap looking and tacky as a choppy PlayStation 2 or a Xbox game due to the film being animated in China rather than Canada like the first film, even for the late 2000s standards which is unacceptable since other CGI animated films such as Planet 51, and all came out the same year as this movie, were animated using Autodesk Maya and even those films have far better CGI animation than this movie. Depending on your view, the original film (while still looking low quality and choppy) has better animation than this which is a shame since it was animated by Nitrogen Studios who animated the twelfth to sixteenth seasons of Thomas & Friends. , ,
- Vanguard Animation (the same company behind the first film) is not involved in this movie possibly due to them either working on Space Chimps and its sequel at the time the movie is in production or that the first movie failed to make a profit at the box office, instead the producing has to go with Kickstart Productions as an replacement for Vanguard, hence why most of the crew members from the first film (besides some people such as Paul Buckle) weren't involved in the sequel, making this movie more like a reboot than an actual sequel.
- By comparison, Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back, another sequel of a film which is also from Vanguard Animation at least have Vanguard Animation and most of the crew members from Space Chimps being involved.
- Bad and clichéd writing and story which is a generic "teenage family drama" only with some story elements stolen from Snow White, Bratz: The Movie, and its 1998 sequel, . In fact, this movie was written by Chris Denk who would later wrote the first Alpha and Omega movie.
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- Snow White is given an generic teenage story which is already done in better films.
- The ending is also one of those generic "dance party" endings.
- While Mambo, Munk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, the Fairy Godmother, the Big Bad Wolf, the Trolls, Sleeping Beauty and the Dwarves return, most of the characters from the first film were either absent entirely without any explanation, reduced to cameos, being mentioned by some characters or just being retooled as if they're never even exist in the sequel and were replaced by even more uninteresting, annoying and unlikable newer characters that are actually rehashes of the characters who appear in the original, there are some examples.
- The main protagonist from the first film, Ella is reduced to two cameos and a few mentions from other characters and is replaced by Snow White who was an stereotypical teenage girl who often cares about hanging out with her friends, being obsessed with her beautiful looks and disobeying her father into getting her own way after her mother died when she was young and later developed into a kind and caring girl just like her late mother. She is often comes off as a cheap version of Simba from The Lion King and Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
- Rick, one of the two love interests of Ella along with Humperdink in the first movie is replaced by Peter who is basically a carbon copy of Rick from the first movie as both uses the same generic love interest to the main female protagonist trope as well as the same exact character model as Rick (with the differences being the hair and shirt with long white sleeves and green vest instead of brown) which clearly shows how lazy the animators really are.
- Frieda is replaced by Lady Vain who is basally a mean popular girl knockoff of Ursula from the Little Mermaid and Scar from the Lion King, this replacement is excusable since Frieda got sent to the another dimension with Elephant Seals by Ella in the first film.
- The Wizard, the controller of the stories, is replaced by King Cole which is also excusable since his voice actor, George Carlin, died in 2008, when they could've just hire another voice actor to replace him as the Wizard just like what Cars 2 did with Fillmore when Lloyd Sherr replaces Carlin as the new voice of him two years later).
- Prince Humperdink only gets a single mention under "Prince Charming" during Snow White's rude speech and is also replaced by Grimm which is possibly excusable since his voice actor, Patrick Warburton was busy with Space Chimps at the time.
- Some returning characters from the first film like Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty are heavily redesigned for no unexplained reason other than the fact that this movie takes place after the first movie.
- The absence of most of the old characters lead to many continuity errors that seemed to have contradict the events of the first film.
- In the first movie, Rick, Prince Humperdink and the Wizard lived in the castle, but in this movie however, Snow White, King Cole, Queen Grace and Grimm all live in the same castle that the former three characters are living in the first movie, this movie also never even explains on how those four characters took these three characters' place as the owners of the castle though Rick and the Wizard's reasons why they moved out of the castle were excusable since Rick was married to Ella and lived in a house that the Fairy Godmother build for them in the deleted scene of the first film and the Wizard possibly died before the events of the sequel giving his role to Munk and Mambo as the rulers of the kingdom like in the first movie.
- At the end of the first film, the villains are forced to move out of the kingdom, but a few villains like the Big Bad Wolf appeared at the opening night of the Jazz house meaning that they possibly came back to change their ways.
- In this movie, the Dwarves know Queen Grace when she was still alive though she never even seen with the Dwarves in the first movie.
- Speaking of the returning characters, a few of them (expect the seven Dwarves who were heavily improved) were flanderized beyond belief, making them acted very different how they are from the first movie.
- Mambo and Munk both became more annoying than the first film and are completely useless in the sequel who are only used for filler unlike the original film where both of them were helpful to the plot by siding with Ella and Rick to stop Frieda from taking over the kingdom.
- Rumpelstiltskin is turned back into a secondary villain after he redeemed himself at the end of the first film who only cares about his beautiful wig and Lady Vain's appearance than anything else (including the baby from the first movie), also his new voice actor (David Lodge) made him sound nothing like his other voice actor (Michael McShane) from the first film.
- Little Red Riding Hood went from a cute little girl who was badly hurt by a wolf disguising as her granny to a stereotypical sazzy teenager who barely look anything like she did from the first film, she also makes fun of Sir Peter (who is in his knight armor) by saying an unfunny Shrek reference.
- The Fairy Godmother is dumped down from being a dimwitted fairy who forgot Cinderella's name and turning her into a pumpkin in the first film, to being a owner of a marriage service who forces people to sign a long form in order of getting a wife/husband.
- Much like the original film, the character models in this film (especially the animal characters and Rumpelstiltskin) are even uglier and uncanny than the ones in the first film with awkward, creepy facial expressions and really choppy character movements, an perfect example for how weird looking the character movements are when the townspeople were dancing at the wedding, their dancing movements look awkward due to the cheap animation, a female character even twerked on screen.
- The noticeable expressions as seen in the first film were a major downgrade compared to the original as the characters appeared to be soulless due to the creepy character models up to the point where the character models from the first film looked a lot better and less creepy than how they rendered in the sequel.
- Some would stole other character models from other films such as Snow White who has the same model and colors as Disney's version of Snow White, but wears modern teenager clothes for some reason.
- Low production values: Some characters have their models (including those from the first movie) being lazily recycled for some newer characters, for example, Lady Vain reuses Queen Grace's model for her beautiful form, the children from There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe all reuse the same models, making them more like clones expect with minor differences such as the hair and shirt colors and Peter reuses Rick’s model from the first movie, but with different hair and long white sleeved shirt and vest color (as mentioned earlier).
- Insulting and offensive comedy which insults other Fairy Tales and various media (such as the "Shrek" joke and the infamous "It's called too much gingerbread, honey" line).
- Almost none of the voice actors from the original reprise their roles in this sequel and only has voice actors from English anime dubs like , making the returning characters sound nothing like their other voice actors (especially Munk and Rumpelstiltskin whose new voice actors barley sound anything like Wallace Shawn and Michael McShane). It's either because all of the voice actors from the first film didn't want to return for the sequel after how the first film turned out or they were too expensive to bring back.
- Terrible dialogue, an example is where the characters overuses the word, "Holla" many times to the point where it comes off as annoying for some people.
- A rather bad grasp of the original film due to the fact that it has almost no connection to the original movie, making it feel like more of a stand-alone sequel.
- Forgettable soundtrack which features dated teen pop songs from the 2000s.
- Loads of animation errors because of the cheap animation.
- When King Cole is offered a drink, he picks it up, turns around and puts it back down without even taking a sip.
- When Snow White fell in the mud motor when she was chasing the kids and she fell in the mud, the body that is on the mud is clipping through the ground.
- During the scene where Goldilocks was talking to Peter, and when she went to Snow White, the woman and the man behind them moves way too early before the background moves and then the woman disappears too early in one frame.
- During Snow White's rude speech, it suffered from some errors, like Bo Peep's phone disappeared after Bo Peep got mad at Snow White for saying "Too much gingerbread" to her, reused closeups of Snow White's face, and noticeable clippings like one of her eyes clipped through her eyelid.
- When Snow White went to her desk after she woke up, the bed that she slept in disappears in the mirror and much stuff at her desk like her phone, hairbrush, makeup products and the apple core magically appears in other scenes of Snow White's desk.
- In one scene where Snow White and Peter were dancing together, the background was completely black like an animation test which eventually changed back to normal in the next shot.
- There's several times where the characters' parts (especially hair) clips through either other parts of the body or different objects.
- The lip-syncing as well as the mouth movements are completely off at times and doesn't match what the characters are saying.
- The movie can be mean-spirited at times such as Snow White saying very mean things to the entire town including her damsels, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and Little Bo Peep.
- Major plothole: Why some of the townspeople were nice to Snow White one day after they're mad at her for saying mean things at them which caused her to run away, also if Cinderella and Prince Charming were mentioned during Snow White's rude speech, then why didn't they appear in town after that?
- Unnecessary use of anachronism despite the film set in a kingdom of fairy tales such as Snow White and her damsels having 2000s Samsung cell phones with a floating glass ball as video chat, Grimm showing the Fairy Godmother his Royal Assistant business card with his name on it, people taking autographs of the Damsels while on the red carpet, King Cole showing Snow White the newspaper that says "Snow White Cuts Line" and Rumpelstiltskin wearing his Elvis Parsley wig while giving Snow White a fake makeover.
- Uninteresting chain of events such as the Munk and Mambo scenes, that only serve to pad out the running time of the movie.
- It's somewhat 12 minutes shorter than the original since the sequel was 75 minutes while the original was 87 minutes.
- It ultimately killed the Happily N'Ever After franchise because of the negative reception of both films killed any chances of a third film.
- At least the seven Dwarves have been improved to much more likable characters than the first film unlike the others who returned from the first film.
- Unlike the first film, some of the newer characters are likable such as King Cole, Grimm and Queen Grace (who sadly died in the movie).
- It does have good morals such as "only the mirror tells half of the story" and "true beauty is by helping others".
Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White—Another Bite @ the Apple was almost universally panned much like the first movie and has a 3.8/10 on IMDb which was even worse than the first movie's 4.5/10, as well as a 1/5 on Common Sense Media, a 1.5 on Letterboxd and a 21% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
AniMat and PhantomStrider placed it as the forth and third worst animated sequel (tied with Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil in Animat's list) in their Top 10 Worst Animated Sequels, criticizing it for its laughable and ugly Video Brinquedo like CGI which is dangerously close to the Foodfight! category, clichéd writing, annoying characters and barely any connection to the first movie.