Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

  • Review Date: June 26, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 73 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Sweet sequel has plenty of laughs for kids and parents.
  • Review Date: June 26, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 73 minutes

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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 26, 2002
DVD release date:February 26, 2002
Cast:Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jennifer Hale, Tress MacNeille
Director:John Kafka
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Princesses and fairies, 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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Kid, 11 years old October 18, 2010
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3
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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 funny, but i guess it's interesting. For little kids, I guess they would find it funny. -.- Overall pretty good movie.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebo344 March 15, 2015
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4
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Why?

This was pointless. From start to finish.
Teen, 16 years old Written byJerrQ January 28, 2014
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6
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