CINDERELLA 2: DVD
Cinderella is now firmly established in the palace. In these three stories, we find out
that putting on the glass slipper wasn't the end of her tale. In the first, Cinderella is
given the task of organising her first royal ball; but the strict protocols in place make
her job much more difficult than she imagined. She decides to simply be herself and
sidestep the protocols. In the second, feeling left out, Jaq the mouse decides he wants to
be human, so he can go back to helping Cinderella. The fairy godmother obliges, but life
in the human world isn't everything it's cracked up to be. And in the third, Cinderella
teaches Anastasia, one of the ugly step-sisters, how to smile. This leads her to find a
love of her own.
Review by David Edwards:
Cinderella II (Dreams Come True) is a fine example of just what Disney does best. In this
charming DVD squarely aimed at the under-10 market, it starts with a classic story which
is taken further, broadening children's ideas about the story in an accessible way.
Of course, the original Cinderella (made in 1950) was a considerably sanitised version of
the traditional tale. Where Cinderella II stands out is that it urges children to consider
what might have happened after the "happily ever after" in the original. I guess
for adults it's not too much of a stretch to work out that despite some tribulations, she
does indeed live happily, but for youngsters, it's a welcome challenge for them to think
about such things. The approach leaves children with the original fable intact, while they
have the opportunity to go further with it.
Parents will also welcome the "storybook" feature on this DVD. Basically, it's
an interactive story in which the words appear on the screen, and children have the choice
to either read it themselves, or to read along with a narrator. The game provided,
Cinderella's Enchanted Castle, may prove a little difficult for younger viewers, but those
over school age shouldn't have too much difficulty with it.
The three stories are quite charming in their own way. None of them result in anything
that could be called a surprising outcome, but they clearly kept the interest of my two
very able junior critics (aged 5 and 7). The third story is probably the most emotionally
powerful, as it's essentially a reworking of the original tale; but it's disguised enough
that children will find it sufficiently different. The first instalment focuses on being
yourself and remembering your friends; while the second is a fish-out-of-water tale with
Jaq the mouse becoming human.
The animation follows closely the line and colour approach of the original film, with the
crispness of the vibrant palette transferring perfectly to DVD. It is presented in 16:9
format, with Dolby 5.1 stereo sound; making the experience all the more entertaining for
Along with the storybook and game, the DVD features a "behind the scenes" look
at the music in the film, and a music video clip. I must admit neither of these
particularly fascinated my expert commentators, but they were much more excited by the
game at that stage.
For those with younger children, Cinderella II (Dreams Come True) will undoubtedly prove
to be a worthwhile investment. The classic Disney conventions will keep kids entranced for
hours. And, thankfully, in this case, they might just learn something as well.
Published July 4, 2002
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CINDERELLA 2 (DREAMS OOME TRUE) (G)
VOICES: Jennifer Hale, Tress MacNeill, Rob Paulsen, Corey Burton
DIRECTOR: John Kafka
RUNNING TIME: 70 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Story book - "A Little Misunderstanding"; "Cinderella's Enchanted Castle" interactive game; "Musical magic" featurette, "Put it Together" music video.
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Disney DVD
DVD RELEASE: March 20, 2002