A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that, although this animated sequel is family fun for children of most ages, it tends to cater toward a female audience. Much of the film focuses on etiquette training for princesses and old-fashioned matchmaking -- for women seeking husbands. Although the film contains enough slapstick humor and Disney magic to entertain kids of both genders as well as parents, the predominance of female themes may turn off some boys.
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What's the story?
CINDERELLA II: DREAMS COME TRUE contains three episodes featuring everyone's favorite princess after she's married and living happily ever after. Picking up after her return from her honeymoon, this animated film is narrated by Cinderella's fairy godmother and faithful mice friends, who are out to write a new Cinderella book with more of the fantastic fairy tales that have charmed audiences ever since the original.
Is it any good?
As with any Disney release, the stories are filled with upstanding moral values encouraging individuality and strength of character in situations where it's not always easy. There are several gratuitous singing numbers and plenty of laughs to keep the whole family entertained. But it's the mice -- especially Jack, who ventures forth as a human at one point -- who are the true stars here, and kids will mimic them for their memorable one-liners and unmistakable voices.
What the film lacks in terms of drama as compared to the original (the sense of urgency and purpose found in the singular plot of the latter isn't attempted here) it more than makes up for in terms of charm. The princess is every bit as pleasing (especially to her tiny friends) and humble as you would expect after her well-known rags to riches story, while her fairy Godmother is just as wonderfully benevolent and bumbling as audiences remember. Despite failing to break new ground in terms of its storyline, Cinderella II ultimately wins by breathing new life and substance into several classic characters of fairy tale past.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the stereotypical images confronting young girls in modern-day society. Are there really only brides and maidens, and, if so, how can this perception be changed? Such discussion could be an important first step in reshaping the way women are seen in today's society, while making responsible women and men of our own little princesses and princes.
Why do you think Disney chose to make a sequel of the classic Cinderella?
In what ways is this Cinderella a positive role model?
- In theaters: February 26, 2002
- On DVD or streaming: February 26, 2002
- Cast: Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jennifer Hale, Tress MacNeille
- Director: John Kafka
- Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Fairy Tales, Great Girl Role Models
- Run time: 73 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- MPAA explanation: all audiences
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