Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (also known as Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True) is a 2002 American direct-to-video fantasy comedy anthology film directed by John Kafka from a screenplay written by Jill E. Blotevogel, Tom Rogers and Julie Selbo. It is the sequel to Cinderella, and the first in the series to use digital ink and paint. It stars the voices of Jennifer Hale, Russi Taylor, Corey Burton, and Rob Paulsen.

Cinderella II:
Dreams Come True
DVD cover art
Directed byJohn Kafka
Written by
  • Jill E. Blotevogel
  • Tom Rogers
  • Jule Selbo
Produced byMary Thorne
Mary Alice Drumm
Edited byJulie Ann Lau
Music byMichael Tavera
Distributed byBuena Vista Home Entertainment
Release date
  • February 26, 2002 (2002-02-26)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited States

It was released on February 26, 2002. The film received negative reviews (the only film with this contrasting reception).

Plot edit

Prologue edit

In the royal palace, Cinderella's mice friends Gus and Jaq head to a chamber where the Fairy Godmother is reading the story of Cinderella to the other mice. Much to their disappointment, Gus and Jaq arrive just as she has finished the story. With her help, the mice set off to make a new book to narrate what happens after the Happily Ever After, by stringing three segments of stories together into one narrative.

Aim to Please edit

In the first segment, Cinderella and Prince Charming return from their Honeymoon, and Cinderella reunites with her mice friends and her dog Bruno. She is later put in charge of the palace banquets and parties while the King and Prince Charming are away. However, Cinderella is dissatisfied with the emphasis on tradition, and decides to organize the upcoming party her own way. Although he initially seems to be shocked at Cinderella's changes, the King ends up satisfied with the party.

Tall Tail edit

In the second segment, Jaq thinks he is too small to help Cinderella in the palace as he did in the first movie. The Fairy Godmother turns him into a human, named "Sir Hugh," so he can help out. However, this does not stop Pom Pom, the palace's cat, from chasing Jaq around. After an incident with an elephant at a fair, he learns to be happy with himself.

An Uncommon Romance edit

In the last segment, Anastasia, one of Cinderella's stepsisters, falls in love with a baker named Lathyn, of whom her mother Lady Tremaine and older sister Drizella disapprove. Cinderella, unbeknownst to anyone else, arrives and secretly watches as Lady Tremaine berates Anastasia, thus leading her to help Anastasia in getting ready for the ball together. Later at the ball, Anastasia thanks Cinderella for helping her. Lucifer also has an encounter with Pom Pom, the castle's cat, with whom he falls in love and enlists the help of Jaq & Gus to woo her. They reluctantly agree, but with the understanding that Lucifer won't chase them anymore. Lucifer manages to win Pom Pom's heart, but now the two want to hunt the mice together, so Jaq calls the deal off.

Epilogue edit

The mice finish their book, and the movie ends as they gather in front of the fire with Cinderella, who begins to read their story.

Cast edit

Soundtrack edit

The songs for the film were performed by Brooke Allison, and while a true soundtrack was never released, all the songs were included on the compilation album Disney's Princess Favorites, which was released shortly before the film. One song, Put It Together (Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo), was also included on the compilation album Superstar Hits, which was released shortly after the film.

Reception edit

Box office edit

The film surpassed the $120 million mark in home media.

Critical reception edit

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 11% of 9 critics' reviews are positive.[2] Several critics agreed that it looked like pieced-together remains of a rejected television series, akin to Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World and Atlantis: Milo's Return.[3]

The segment An Uncommon Romance, however, drew particular praise for developing Anastasia's character.

Release edit

Cinderella II: Dreams Come True was released on February 26, 2002, on DVD and VHS.[4] It was then re-released on December 18, 2007, as a special-edition DVD, going back in the Disney Vault on January 31, 2008. On November 20, 2012, the film was released with the other Cinderella sequel Cinderella III: A Twist in Time as a two-movie collection on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray. Both sequels along with the 'Diamond Edition' release of the original film returned to the Disney Vault on January 31, 2017.

References edit

  1. ^ "Cinderella Ii: Dreams Come True (2002)". Archived from the original on 2021-04-12. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  2. ^ "Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. December 23, 2019. Archived from the original on June 12, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  3. ^ LVJeff reviews: The Hunchback of Notre Dame II; Cinderella II: Dreams Come True Archived October 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Cinderella II: Dreams Come True DVD Review". Ultimate Disney. Archived from the original on June 1, 2011. Retrieved July 16, 2016.

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