Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

Movie review by
Jelani Harper, Common Sense Media
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Sweet sequel has plenty of laughs for kids and parents.
  • G
  • 2002
  • 73 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Encourages individuality and strength of character in tough situations. The importance of being true to oneself, despite rank or social standing, is shown through example and dialogue.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cinderella is true to herself. While those around her try to make her act more "royal" and "dignified," she still likes to wear ordinary clothes and treats everyone as an equal, no matter his or her social standing.

Violence & Scariness

Tame cartoon-style violence. Characters run into each other, cats chase mice, and an elephant runs out of control while a king rides atop it.

Sexy Stuff

Brief kisses between Cinderella and her beau.

Language
Consumerism

Cinderella is a Disney Princess, a brand that reaches far and wide. Expect to see Princess branding on consumer merchandise, food products, and other items as well as in books, on websites, and in other media.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 year old Written by[email protected] September 3, 2011

Cinderella 2

it's just as good, if not better than the original. It shows kids, well people, what happens after "Happily ever after," because who doesn't... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 18, 2010

Meehhhhh

This movie was ok, I guess. It's pretty much a few short stories all strung along into a movie. For old kids I wouldn't understand how it would be fun... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byJerrQ January 28, 2014
One thing that should be noted would be that Cinderella II is comprised of three short stories about Cinderella and her friends. The main storyline that ties th... Continue reading

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?

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