Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happily N'Ever After

Year 2, Day 79 - 3/20/10 - Movie #444

BEFORE: While I'm at it, another fairy-tale spoof film. I suppose this is what you get after "Shrek" makes a few billion at the box office...

THE PLOT: 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.

AFTER: This is a take on the Cinderella story, in fact the character is called "Ella" here, and most people don't realize that "Cinder-Ella" is a derogatory name based on her assigned chores of cleaning the cinders from the fireplace.

Like "Enchanted", this film examines the "Cinderella Syndrome" wherein girls are taught (by fairy tales) to be beautiful and polite, but not strong and independent, requiring their Prince Charming to find, rescue and take care of them.

According to this movie, the tales in Fairyland keep happening over and over, and the balance between good and evil is maintained by a Wizard (voiced by George Carlin), but when he takes a vacation and his assistants tip the scales, the evil forces, led by Ella's stepmother, Freida (Sigourney Weaver) are able to take over.

As a result, Prince Charming (Patrick Warburton) does not succeed in his quest to find Cinderella after the ball, and all the fairy tales are able to have different endings. Ella joins forces with the prince's assistant, Rick, (who has loved her from afar, and may end up being a better match for her than stuffy old Prince C. anyway) to defeat the evil forces.

Also starring the voices of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Andy Dick, Tom Kenny, and Wallace Shawn.

RATING: 4 out of 10 flying broomsticks

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