Happily Never After (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Paul J. Bolger

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Once upon a time will n'ever be the same again. Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Jack from the Beanstalk are all about to live happily ever after when the balance between good and evil gets thrown out of whack. It's up to Cinderella - aka Ella (Sarah Michelle Gellar) - to save the day by taking on her power-hungry stepmother, Frieda (Sigourney Weaver). But this time, Ella will have to do it without her Prince Charming (Patrick Warburton) as she joins forces with an unlikely army of Dwarves, Faries, and the Wizard's bumbling assistants, Mambo (Andy Dick) and Munk (Wallace Shawn). Your favorite fairy tales are turned upside down in this funny, fast-paced adventure that teaches the lesson that - no matter who you are - you have the power to affect how your story turns out!


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 204238551
UPC 031398211877
UPC 14 00031398211877
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/9/2012
Rating Rating
Computer Animation
Family (General)
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note For those who couldn't get enough of SHREK, HAPPILY N'EVER AFTER supplies a similar take on fairy-tale traditions. Set in Fairy Tale Land, this comedy features the heroes and villains of stories from Rumplestiltskin to Sleeping Beauty. The job of the wizard (George Carlin) is to ensure everyone has happy endings. But when he leaves on vacation, he entrusts his tasks to his inept assistants, and Cinderella's evil stepmother (Sigourney Weaver) begins to wreak havoc on the endings of fairy tales. Though she's interested in menace in general, she particularly wants her stepdaughter, Ella (Sarah Michelle Gellar), to suffer. She vows to keep her from Prince Charming (Patrick Warburton), much to the delight of his servant, Rick (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), who is in love with Ella himself.^HAPPILY N'EVER AFTER takes aim at the stories everyone knows by heart. Here Prince Charming needs a guidebook to behave like royalty, with Warburton fashioning a delightfully doltish contrast to traditional romantic heroes. Character actor Jon Polito plays a big bad wolf who could have been an extra on GOODFELLAS. As the wicked stepmother, Weaver turns decades of experience playing strong women into portraying this archetypal baddie. With its celebrity voices, HAPPILY N'EVER AFTER is an amusing reversal of Disney's fairy-tale films of the past.
Sight and Sound "There's plenty of slapstick and action, while the script throws in some imaginative metaphysics..." 10/01/2007 p.58
Paul J. Bolger
Name Gellar,Sarah Michel
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Cast & Crew
Andy Dick - Voice Of
David Dulac - Cinematographer
Deane Taylor - Art Director
Douglas Langdale - Writer
Freddie Prinze, Jr. - Voice Of
George Carlin - Voice Of
Jill Talley - Voice Of
John H. Williams - Producer
Lisa Kaplan - Voice Of
Patrick Warburton - Voice Of
Paul Buckley - Original Music By
Paul J. Bolger - Director
Ringo Waldenburger - Editor
Robert Moreland - Writer
Sarah Michelle Gellar - Voice Of
Sigourney Weaver - Voice Of
Stefan Beiten - Executive Producer
Yvette Kaplan - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 21187
UPC 00031398211877
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 87 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review Putting a spin on classic fairy tales is nothing new, and unfortunately that's just what the "Shrek"-lite animated feature "Happily N'Ever After" brings to the big screen...That "Happily N'Ever After" resembles "Shrek" at all is no accident, given that they share the same producer, John H. Williams...Even though Prinze and Gellar are real-life spouses, their computer-generated selves never quite click...Voice vets Shawn and Warburton do their best to provide some much-needed backup playing secondary characters, as does Weaver, who brings chutzpah to the film in her role as the "Empress of Evil." Design-wise, Weaver's scepter-wielding Frieda with her over-the-top bosom and impossibly high stiletto heels is an imposing sight who comes off as much dominatrix as wicked stepmother...Also fun is a battle royal involving the seven dwarfs taking on an aerial assault from a cadre of witches riding chopper-like brooms.
Reviewer Alex Chun
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The familiar fairy tales we were weaned on aren't good enough any more. First, Shrek playfully toyed with some of our old friends by having them interact in atypical ways with a big, green ogre. Then along came last year's Hoodwinked, which refused to leave poor Red Riding Hood alone. Now, Happily N'Ever After wants us to consider what might happen if a legion of bad guys were to band together in Fairytaleland to abolish happy endings. While I have no problem with a movie fracturing fairy tales, the results need to show more evidence of creativity and wit than what is on display in Happily N'Ever After. This movie is the worst kind of offender: it thinks its funny and clever, but it is neither. The filmmakers have mistaken banality for wit and silliness for humor, and that doesn't begin to address how visually clunky this motion picture is.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Gellar,Sarah Michel
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Chad Webb, 411Mania.com ...extremely witty and imaginative...
Film Advisory Board Hilarious...a delicious family treat!
Peter Debruge, Variety Colorful, crowd-pleasing toon.

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