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Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White

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Harmless but charmless tale of Snow White as a teen.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 70 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

DVD/Streaming release date:March 24, 2009
Cast:Christine Lakin, Kate Higgins, Keith Ferguson
Directors:Boyd Kirkland, Steven E. Gordon
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:70 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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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 treated like an indivual.Also she should be herself not what her father wants to be. Snow may be a princess but she should be her own person . This movie is a kids movie so that is why I set the age so low.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byJH32 April 4, 2011
it is a horrible movie they should not have made the movie. Horrible animation.
Kid, 11 years old June 16, 2010

i wish i could give this minus 5

no 1 should watch this sound changes all the time many bad things i cant name them all but 1 thing is the charecters look like they are still in editing dont buy this movie