Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White Movie Poster Image
Harmless but charmless tale of Snow White as a teen.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 70 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Message is "True beauty comes from helping others." Rudeness, selfishness, and shallowness are all seen as negative traits; compassion, helpfulness, and generosity are seen as positive traits. The movie says that even the worst villains can be guided toward better values and behavior.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters change for the better. Snow in particular starts out as materialistic and then learns what true beauty and wealth are. Traditionally white characters are now depicted as multi-ethnic.

Violence & Scariness

It's all cartoon action: falls, explosions, clouds of green smoke, noisy crashes. Evil queen threatens to "kill" Snow White. Sir Peter takes an explosion-hit for Snow White, but recovers immediately.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that early in the movie Snow White's beautiful, good-hearted mother dies. One cough and seconds later, her eyes close and she's dead. Snow White weeps and grieves by the coffin. The traditional poisoned apple is no longer "poison." It has been modified so that taking "the bite" now makes Snow White rude and selfish. The evil step-mother-to-be tries to get rid of Snow White, but there is never any serious threat. All of the action is cartoony: clouds of smoke, explosions, pratfalls. No one is injured.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTony632 March 29, 2012
Adult Written byThe USB Store November 23, 2011

A PIMP IN THE MOVIE!

The skinny cat looking guy is dressed as a pimp (SEX), snow white is way to skinny(UNHEALTHY SELF IMAGE) and she uses a cell phone(PRODUCT PLACEMENT).
Teen, 13 years old Written byjennyhumphery October 29, 2009

Individuality!

What I didn't like was that the king kept on saying your mother , your mother , your mother! Snow White is an individual not her motherand she should be tr... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJH32 April 4, 2011
it is a horrible movie they should not have made the movie. Horrible animation.

What's the story?

In this sequel to Happily N'Ever After, the filmmakers have turned to traditional favorite princess Snow White and turned her into a typical teenager. "Snow," as her father the King calls her, loves clothes, makeup, clubbing, shopping, and hanging out with her friends (a multi-ethnic trio of Bo Peep, Goldilocks, and Red Riding Hood). Her father, worried about his daughter's self-centered ways, sets out to find her a mother. But his good intentions blind him to the true nature of the two-faced Lady Vain whom he decides to marry. Snow White joins with her friends from Fairytale Land, including the Seven Dwarfs, the Three Pigs, as well as newcomers Munk and Mambo from the original, as she rescues her father, the kingdom, and herself from the clutches of the evil Lady Vain. Along the way "Snow" learns an important lesson about the real meaning of beauty.

Is it any good?

HAPPILY N'EVER AFTER 2 is basically a harmless entry into the direct-to-DVD stock of children's fare. Unfortunately, it's also a charmless entry. The message is good, but it's delivered in a heavy-handed, obvious way. Many elements of the traditional Snow White tale have been changed, some with an eye toward minimizing the scariest parts and broadening the ethnic flavor that's more desirous today, but it all takes the "bite" out of a very beloved story.

The animation, the story, and the songs are all unexceptional and appear to be put together on a shoestring budget. There are a few clever and funny moments, but none of the wonderful detail, subtlety of character, or memorable music necessary to make it fresh and distinctive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what Snow White learns about herself.

  • How do the filmmakers show that Snow White and her friends are more modern than the traditional storybook characters?

  • Lady Vain has a different outcome from the wicked stepmother in the original tale of Snow White: do you think it's possible for someone that bad to change?

Movie details

For kids who love fantasies

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