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Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)
Creative Work
  • Director:
    John Kafka
  • Category:
  • Writer:
    Jill E. Blotevogel,Eddie Guzelian
  • Cast:
    Jennifer Hale,Rob Paulsen,Corey Burton
  • Time:
    1h 13min
  • Budget:
    $5,000,000
  • Year:
    2002
The movie explores Cinderella's "happily ever after" life as a princess in three stories, with help from the Fairy Godmother. First, Cinderella's awkward first days at the palace, when she tried so hard to fit in that she forgot to be herself. Second, how Jaq felt so left out that he wished to be a human. Third, how Cinderella taught one of her nasty stepsisters how to smile which leads to her own true love.
Casts
Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Hale Jennifer Hale - Cinderella (voice)
Rob Paulsen Rob Paulsen - Jaq / The Baker / Sir Hugh / Grand Duke / Bert / Flower Vendor (voice)
Corey Burton Corey Burton - Gus / Mert / Stable Hand (voice)
Andre Stojka Andre Stojka - The King (voice)
Russi Taylor Russi Taylor - Fairy Godmother / Mary Mouse / Beatrice / Daphne / Drizella / Countess Le Grande (voice)
Susanne Blakeslee Susanne Blakeslee - Stepmother (voice)
Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille - Anastasia / Pretty Woman (voice)
Holland Taylor Holland Taylor - Prudence (voice)
Christopher Daniel Barnes Christopher Daniel Barnes - The Prince (voice)
Frank Welker Frank Welker - Lucifer / Bruno / Pom Pom (voice)
Jeff Bennett Jeff Bennett - Additional Voices (voice)
Bob Bergen Bob Bergen - Additional Voices (voice)
Susan Blu Susan Blu - Additional Voices (voice)
Rodger Bumpass Rodger Bumpass - Additional Voices (voice)
Jennifer Darling Jennifer Darling - Additional Voices (voice)

Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)

When Cinderella is in her room crying, "A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes" can be heard playing in the background, the song she sings at the beginning of the first Cinderella (1950) film. It also plays during the end credits.

At the end of the end credits, there is a tribute to the original Cinderella (1950) movie. It reads; "This film would not have been possible without the inspiration from the original motion picture and the work of its talented artist and animators."

This is the second Disney sequel in which Susanne Blakeslee has taken over the villain role. In this film and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007) she takes over the role of Lady Tremaine from Eleanor Audley and in 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure (2000) she also took over the role of Cruella De Vil from Betty Lou Gerson.

Prince Charming is voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes, who'd previously been the voice of fellow Disney Prince, Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid (1989); same goes the third film, Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007).

Prudence and the ladies-in-waiting are teaching Cinderella the etiquette of dinner-table seating, and make reference to a "Marquis" but pronounce it "marquee" rather than the correct pronunciation "mar-quiss".

Anayaron
Anayaron
Possible Spoilers, Perhaps. I must say that "Cinderella II: Dreams Come True" is one of the worst movies ever made. First of all, the movie was made during the height of Disney's sequel rampage. It was created around the same time as "The Little Mermaid II," "The Jungle Book II," and "Peter Pan II," all of which were disservices to their original film classics. (Disney also made "The Hunchback of Notre Dame II" and "Atlantis II," but I'm going to drop that topic because their original movies were never really classics in the first place.") Let me go ahead and say that I am an avid supporter of good Disney films, and I absolutely adore the original Disney "Cinderella." The sequel to "Cinderella," however, was a waste of time. The character of Cinderella in the sequel was so very unlike the original girl that I grew up watching. In the original, Cinderella was kind and loving. The new Cinderella had very out-of-character moments with current-era phrasing like, "I'm going to do this banquet my way!" Let me also tell you that new Cinderella (as I have affectionately named her) says, "Ewww!" That is the anti-Cinderella. I try to find the best in people, but in the sequel, Anastasia, one of the stepsisters, is good! What the heck? Why? They made it all out to be like Lady Tremaine and Drizella are just horrible family members for poor little Anastasia. My question to the world: did the people at Disney watch the original "Cinderella" when making this sequel? Well, it surely doesn't seem so. If I remember correctly, Anastasia was just as abusive to Cinderella as Drizella and Lady Tremaine. I am all for redemption and forgiveness, but there was no point of redemption for Anastasia in this movie. In the first one, Anastasia was evil. In the second one, she is good. One just can't leave a story like this. I hope Disney realizes that this movie, among other movies, is shaming Walt Disney's name. Perhaps now that Michael Eisner is gone, things will start shaping up around the House of Mouse.
Kanal
Kanal
So, I really didn't want to watch this. I work at a video store so I get to watch everything before everybody else. Usually that's a good thing. Cinderella 2 is just one pointless movie. One little plot point after another that simply joins characters back together again. Don't ruin the first by watching this one. Walt had the idea. No sequels. Too bad he's still not around to enforce that idea.
Gann
Gann
I don't mind the sequels for the modern films, (example: The Lion King) but the Disney-Disney movies, the ones that were directed and produced by Walt himself (example: Fantasia)should be left alone. all these sequels! Roy Disney must be running out of ideas.
Cildorais
Cildorais
To preface this review, I haven't seen this in about two years, so I might not be remembering all of it correctly. However, I do remember that I watched this as part of a "bad Disney sequels" double feature along with Hunchback of Notre Dame II. (Yes, I admit; I'm a bad movie masochist!) Surprisingly enough, though I can't say I would watch Cinderella II again of my own free will anytime soon, I can say that it somehow isn't as bad as I was expecting. Of all the Disney sequels I've seen (and yes, I have seen quite a few of them), this is one of the least lousy. The three-story format seems to work a lot better with the television-quality, way-too-bright-and-none-too-subtle art and animation; it was nice to see that they were trying to evoke episodes of a television show rather than labor under the pretense of it being an actual movie. In light of this, it might make sense to break this review down into three sections, one for each story. (Possible spoilers ahead.)

Cindy Plans a Party: Yawn. This is, by far, the worst of the segments. Cinderella, now in charge of the Ministry of Parties or some such bogus organization, has to convince the higher-ups that yes, peasants should be allowed to participate in the next royal shindig. That's about it. Very dull; no compelling reason to really watch it because nothing actually happens. Moving on...

Are You a Man or a Mouse? - Make Up Your Mind Already!: Jaq, one of Cindy's mouse friends and one of the overall highlights of the entire endeavor, decides that, as a mouse, he's too small to really be of any help to her around the palace. So, thanks to a spell from the Fairy Godmother, he becomes a man, who also, inevitably, gets in the way and isn't much use to anyone. This one would be fairly silly as well, except that Jaq is a pretty endearing little guy. It also doesn't hurt that one of my favorite voice actors (Rob Paulsen of Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain fame) does his voice, and because Jaq becomes human, the voice hasn't been sped up beyond recognition.

The, Um...Evil(?) Stepsister: So, we barely get to see Cinderella in this one, but considering that she's not the most exciting character, it's nice for the spotlight to shift for a moment. Instead, this features as our protagonist none other than...Anastasia, one of Cindy's evil stepsisters. Huh? Well, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that she had a change of heart after Cinderella got hitched to her Prince (who sounds eerily like Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid; is there some funny business going on in Disney fairy-tale land?) It wouldn't seem that Anastasia, being somewhat ugly as well as formerly evil, would have too many prospects in the area of love, but her mother still wants to see her marry rich, which is why she is shocked and appalled when Anastasia falls in love with...a common baker! (Cue Hitchcock-esque horror music.) But with Cindy's help, all works out, and she gets her baker. Awww.

Overall, Cinderella II is pretty bland and not very interesting, but it's definitely an improvement over other Disney sequels, because it's much less painful to have three small segments of sub-par animation and storytelling rather than one big dose. There are actually enjoyable parts, even in the thrown-together interstitials between the stories featuring the Fairy Godmother and the mice. All in all, it's a nice little diversion to rent for an evening if you're bored and don't have anything else to do.
Lli
Lli
I love the original Cinderella movie, WHY RUIN IT WITH SUCH A CRAPPY SEQUEL? We've all got to admit, Disney is attempting to keep the original feel to its sequels alive, but none can compare to the timeless stories created by Walt himself. So why try to ruin it? Wasn't the first good enough to follow future generations? These sequels are simply trying to copy-cat the feelings that the originals brought us--and a crappy job at that. The songs have no meaning and the animation is disappointing. WILL DISNEY PLEASE STOP MAKING THESE SEQUELS AND LEAVE THE ORIGINALS ALONE?? I hate to see such great movies ruined. I rate this movie 3/10.
Original
Original
When I first saw the huge life-size cardboard standup promoting Cinderella II in my local Hollywood Video, I was positively shocked and dismayed as to how far Disney has fallen in its attempt to strip-mine the memory of its classics in order to make an extra buck. Watching the video itself did nothing to enlighten my preconceived notions. While the animation and voice-acting is top-notch, the story suffers as the film tries to describe Cinderella's "happily ever after" life in the castle. Since any real conflict could possibly hurt that "happy" image, they appoint Cinderella head of the Ministry of Parties and allow her to demonstrate her unbounded optimism through several heavily contrived situations that mostly involve jokes about clumsy, amorous fat women (fat-acceptance advocates, watch out!) and mice being mindlessly chased by palace cats (who in real life would probably have servants to chase mice for them!) The mice are the real stars of this film, recreating their feature film roles pretty well and tying the loose, disjointed narratives together. Yet, one gets the feeling that the mice are the only characters in this film and the others are just there to give the mice something to do. For a movie that purports to teach us how to be ourselves and feel good about ourselves, one would be shocked at the gross lack of characterization in the film. Even compared to other Disney movies, the characters never go beyond their surface stereotypes and develop any hidden motives. Why does Jaq so singlemindedly want to pursue Cinderella? Why does the Fairy Godmother linger around the castle like a freeloading roommate? Why does Anastasia fall in love with the incredibly uninteresting baker? Yet one shouldn't picket the movie too seriously, after all, it's clear from the packaging and DVD extras ("A composer is a person who writes the music to a movie") that this film was intended solely for the kiddie crowd. With that in mind, it's blissfully entertaining. It's a great film if you are under 6 or so, but if you were raised on more captivating Disney fare such as the great musical features and the Disney Afternoon of the early 90's, it's rather disappointing.
Qag
Qag
I've always thought that Cinderella II was the worst movie I've ever seen, (followed by Peter Pan 2, and some other sequels like The Lion King 2 and the Hunchback of Notre Dame 2). All these movies are made with the same idea; because the movie has no plot, they try to make up for that by filling it with jokes. I'm not saying the jokes are bad, but they make up most of the movie. The first time I saw the movie, I would have given it a 1/10. But now I think about it, most kids don't care how good the original movie was, they just care that the movie is entertaining. I still think the movie was a bad sequel, but that doesn't mean it's horrible. Now I think it deserves a 3/10.
Rishason
Rishason
A positive review of this movie? INSANITY! Call the witch hunters, because I must be insane.

On a more serious note, this movie isn't nearly as bad or pointless as everyone says it is. What makes this movie good? The characters are lovable and stay true to how they were in the original movie. We have, of course, Cinderella. One thing I really love about the Cinderella sequels is how faithful to the original character the writers are. She's still the same person we all know and love from the 1950 classic (though her saying "ew" in the first story is absolutely cringe-worthy and out-of-character, but that's just one moment). She's kind, caring, patient, witty, and is willing to be the better person. We get the adorable mice from the original, Jaq and Gus. They are likable and full of personality as ever. Even in human form, Jaq is still endearing. The songs in the movie are very good and are brilliantly sung by Brooke Allison, even if they are a little pop-ish and out of place for something like Cinderella. The score by Michael Tavera is excellent, in my opinion. The animation, while not nearly as good as the original or A Twist in Time, is nice and pleasant.

And then there are the three "episodes" in the movie. Why do people hate these stories so much? Two of the three, "Aim to Please" and "An Uncommon Romance" (the latter being my favorite of the three stories), are well-written and charming. Even "Tall Tail", which I consider to be the weakest of the three stories, has its moments.

Overall, we have a genuinely good movie that's way underrated and doesn't deserve the amount of hate it gets. Is it a masterpiece? No, of course not. Is it as good as the original or even the third movie? HELL, no. However, this is still a worthy sequel that is, in my opinion, more than just a money-grubber.
Fordrelis
Fordrelis
Of course the animation is really bad, and it's not a deep movie, but at least the writers put some thought into the story and didn't just go with the standard. (Cinderella and her still-unnamed Prince have a daughter who falls in love with a peasant, and they have to convince the king that she should be able to marry him and not be forced to marry someone of royalty. Can anyone say 'Aladdin'? Ugh.) This movie is made of three separate stories instead of just one long yawn factory like some others I can think of (Cough. Hunchback 2. Return to Neverland. Cough.) so there is a lot more opportunity for variation and character interplay. They even involve a dour governess named Prudence (very nice to see a black-clad miser in a Disney film who is stodgy and stuffy instead of thoroughly evil.) and give one of the stepsisters a story of her own, and do something with Lucifer except having him be the (you guessed it) black, evil cat who does little but chase the mice. Even Jaques gets a place in the spotlight, and there are happy endings all around as everyone falls in love. No.. not a deep movie, but it isn't boring, either. There is enough happening here to hold your interest, and that's saying a lot for a Disney sequel these days. The only real failing is that they selected quite possibly the most "edgy" and downright obnoxious Hip Hoppish singer to warble some songs that would have sounded fine otherwise.. Some of the tunes and lyrics are actually quite good, but there's so much "groove" and "attitude" going on that any charm is completely lost -- And if that's how they sound *now*, you can imagine how much this music is going to grate on the ears in a decade or so, when Hip Hop has long since gone the way of disco and vinyl and VHS... Seriously, can't anybody just SING anymore? I will be really happy when the people at Disney realize that lavishing modern sound on their (ahem) "masterpieces".. only hastens their descent into the post-modern doldrums of such films as 'Oliver & Company' and 'Aladdin'. I'm sure I'm not the first to cringe upon hearing Cinderella say 'EEYew' with all the pouty, adolescent inflection of 2001's cohort of sexed-up, belly-baring Britney wannabes.
Went Tyu
Went Tyu
There is barely a plot or story in Cinderella II. No great crisis or danger to be resolved, just syrup. Though my toddler enjoys it there are many other children's DVDs that I enjoy watching with her but not this one. She loves it when we watch her DVDs with her but Cinderella II makes it difficult for me to be able to. If you don't already have Snow White, Cinderella, Mulan, Pinocchio, the Lion King, Pocahantas, The Prince of Egypt, The Wizard of Oz, or Peter Pan, buy any of these before wasting your money on this effort to part you of yours. This weak effort is a stark contrast to the earlier fairy tell productions of Disney that were under Walt's direction. It makes one appreciate his effort to make a great production for entertainment for the whole family and not just pumping something out to make money. I'll give it a generous 4 out of 10 points only because my girl enjoys it.
superstar
superstar
Many people have commented that this movie was nowhere near as good as the first. Well, maybe it isn't - to you. However, how does your child react to it? Well, mine loved it more than the first.

Disney movies of the past can sometimes be a little harsh for little kids. (For example - Bambi's mother getting shot.) This movie was really great for my sensitive little girl who likes humor and happy endings.

If you want to be snobby about what should be Disney's standards based on the past - skip this movie.

If you have a sweet little girl or soft-hearted little boy you really want to please, buy this movie and treat your small children. This film is great as a bedtime movie for happy dreams instead of nightmares. I'm happy with a movie that pleases my kid & doesn't need to impress the parents all the time.
Kegal
Kegal
I grew up watching the original Disney Cinderella, and have always loved it so much that the tape is a little worn.

Accordingly, I was excited to see that Cinderella 2 was coming on TV and I would be able to see it.

I should have known better.

This movie joins the club of movie sequels that should have just been left alone. It holds absolutely NONE of the originals super charm! It seems, to me, quite rough, and almost brutal, right from the (don't)Sing-a-longs to the characterization.

While I remember the character's telling a story through a song, this film's soundtrack was laid over the top, and didn't seem to fit. Jaq's transformation into a human is a prime example: Where he was walking around eating an apple and adding a few little quips in here and there, he should have been dancing around and singing about how great it was to be tall! And in the ballroom, there's old barn dance type country music. It's as though the writers forgot where and when this story was set. The upbeat fiddles certainly didn't fit.

Even the artwork and animation in Cinderella 2 isn't up to scratch with the original. The artwork in this film seems quite raw and less detailed. And we see part of Cinderella's hoop skirt, which doesn't feel right.

The movie itself could have been it's own story, I think that it should have been just that. I wouldn't say that I hate it, but I believe that it had many shortcomings. It seems to downgrade in a significant way from the beloved Cinderella original.
Iesha
Iesha
We didn't need a sequel to Cinderella, yet here it is. I was interested to see it because I wanted to know how Disney could handle this sequel. They dealt with it by creating three short stories, one of which doesn't include Cinderella. Surprisingly these stories work, they're not perfect by all means, but it does continue the life of Cinderella. It's not one to watch over and over, once is enough, but if you don't even like thinking about what Disney could have done to Cinderella's life after Prince Charming, don't bother to even touch this one. In reality though, it may just have been better for Disney to leave Cinderella alone although small kids may enjoy it, the movie lacks the "old Disney" feel that makes these movies special.
Gholbimand
Gholbimand
As an adult I really did enjoy this one. I watched it with my 2 granddaughters and the 3 1/2 year old was fascinated and the 15 month old giggled at the mice.

The music is fun and the animation is wonderful. This sequel does what Return to Neverland didn't accomplish. A good follow-up to the Cinderella story; but what becomes of Drusilla? Another sequel? I hope so!
Snake Rocking
Snake Rocking
I remember when this film originally came out on video and DVD way back in 2002 and I was sceptical about it since I found it somewhat unnecessary and thought it wouldn't be as good as the original. Upon re-discovering it , thanks to the Nostalgia Chick, I decided to give it a go when purchasing it along with the other two Cinderella films in a box set.

The animation is as good as that in 'Return to Neverland' and the colours are bright, but some of the music is pretty forgettable compared to the memorable songs in the original apart from the re-workings of 'Bibbidy, Bobbidy Boo' and 'It's What's Inside That Counts' where its lyrics match the animation quite well, particularly, "You got me in a spin" that plays as Lucifer spins around. I also find the pace of this film more consistent than that in the original and I found it interesting to have three stories rolled into one. In the first one, Cinderella has to get used to being a princess and host a party with her own special touches. I found this segment decent. The second story where Jaq the mouse turns into a human is comical, but the fairground is somewhat anachronistic for the film's setting and the Fairy Godmother's suggestion of elephants being afraid of mice is clichéd because in reality, elephants are not afraid of mice and I've seen that cliché in previous works of animation, such as two of the 'Tom and Jerry' cartoons from the 1960s. The final story revolves around Anastasia (who understandably gets less screen time in this film compared to the first and third ones) as she falls for a common baker, much to the disapproval of Lady Tremaine and Drizella and this is personally my favourite story in the whole film. I also like the inter-cut antics of the mice making the book, especially the repeated gag of one of the female mice drawing on the paper when two male mice cut it with a pair of scissors in a similar manner to the gag in the dressmaking scene in the original and the paints, scissors etc going haywire. The other positive point of this film is that the Fairy Godmother gets more screen time and I am pleased with this because she's a gentle supporting character throughout the trilogy. Pom Pom is a beautiful and rather comedic side character as well who sadly only appears in this film. In addition, the voice acting is impeccable (especially from the mice), although Cinderella in this film sounded almost like Ms Keane in 'The Powerpuff Girls' (which is forgivable since Jennifer Hale voices them both).

All in all, this isn't the best film in the 'Cinderella' franchise but it was watchable nonetheless. 8/10.
Forcestalker
Forcestalker
I was shocked and surprised by the negative reviews I saw on the web. I thought Cinderella 2 (as well as 3) is a very cute and funny sequel for everyone to enjoy: kids and adults like me; I am 22 years old.

I also found it a very informative film, it shows lessons on being true to yourself and following your heart. I thought it has great animation. And I thought the voice casting was very good; the songs performed by Brooke Allison too. Since this film has been divided into three flashbacks/stories, my favorite out of the three, is the story of when Jaq the mouse, became a human for a day - thanks to Fairy Godmother and her magic.
Gri
Gri
If you are under the age of 6 or 7, then you're going to really enjoy this movie. My youngest daughter is glued to the TV when she watches it. As an adult, I can't stand it!! I'm all up for sequels....when they have a decent storyline. But this is nowhere near up to standard. Please forgive me for slating what is after all a kid's film, but when you have to sit through it nearly every day when your kids who love it so much, you'll understand why. My daughter would watch this film over and over again on the same day if we let her.

I've given this film 4 out of 10 purely for the fact that it keeps my youngest entertained.
Anarus
Anarus
Just after I saw the movie, the true magic feeling of the Walt Disney movies came up in me and I realized me that it was a long time ago that I saw the 'real' magic in a movie.

The combination of the right music, speeches and magical effects brings the Disney feeling again into your body. Very special things I saw where the not-knowing effects in the movie, started with the disney logo transforming into the Cinderella castle and ended as an old-story telling fairytale with your grandparents.

The magic has returned in me. I rate this movie 8 out of 10.
Thomand
Thomand
The sequel to the ever popular Cinderella story reminded me somewhat of what they did with one of the Beauty & the Beast movies. It's basically three short stories rolled into 1.

OK, the mice are adorable (I love Gus! He's sooo cute!), and Lucifer's awesome (as usual). I liked some of the newer characters as well, (Pom Pom was adorable and I did like Prudence.). Still, the storyline was somewhat limited, but still very cute. So, I vote 7/10.
Brariel
Brariel
Although released over half a century after Disney's version of "Cinderella", this is a sequel to the popular animated feature from 1950. I don't recall ever watching that particular Disney cartoon from start to finish until just a few months ago, even though I do remember seeing some of it as a kid. I didn't find that film to be the masterpiece many people consider it to be, but thought it was pretty good. I know I've pointed this out before with other films of this kind, but since this is yet another direct-to-video sequel from Disney (some of these are sequels to recent films from the company, while others are sequels to ones produced by Walt Disney himself decades earlier, and this is one of the latter), its mediocrity is not surprising.

The Fairy Godmother helps the mice make a new book about Cinderella, featuring three stories taking place after the events of the first one. The first of these stories is "Aim to Please", in which Cinderella and Prince Charming return from their honeymoon. The prince is then forced to leave with his father, and while they are away, a woman named Prudence is left to teach Cinderella how to be a princess and put her in charge of an upcoming banquet, but the new princess does not like what she learns. In the second story, "Tall Tail", Jaq the mouse feels he can't be of any help to Cinderella due to his small size and decides he would rather be a human, but this may not work out as he expected. Finally, in "An Uncommon Romance", Cinderella's stepsister, Anastasia, falls in love with a baker, but he is a commoner, so her mother and sister Drizella do not approve. Cinderella begins to help her stepsister try to win this baker's heart, but the two of them don't exactly see eye to eye on how to do this.

One thing these direct-to-video Disney sequels are good at is having inferior comic relief to their theatrical predecessors, and "Cinderella II: Dreams Come True" is no exception. I didn't even care much for the mice in the original movie, but still found some laugh-out-loud moments. However, I found none of those in this MUCH later sequel. In fact, I hardly even smiled while watching this one. The three stories are not among the most boring I've ever seen in a movie, but they're usually not too interesting. I'm sure they are entertaining to many kids, but are perhaps a little too simple to really have much entertainment value for adult viewers. If each of these segments featured lots of good humour in them to make viewers laugh, it could have made a major difference, but that's unfortunately nowhere near the case. The four songs sung by Brooke Allison don't help with the entertainment value, either. Some good traditional animation is featured here, with some nice, colourful backgrounds, but this is certainly not enough to make up for the significant problems this sequel suffers from.

Having previously seen "Belle's Magical World", the second direct-to-video release featuring the characters from Disney's hit 1991 adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast", this "Cinderella" sequel naturally reminded me of that film. Both feature three different short stories (the DVD version of the former features four, but I've only seen the VHS version and don't intend to watch that third installment in the "Beauty and the Beast" trilogy again in ANY format), all of which have life lessons in them. Since I watched "Cinderella II: Dreams Come True" about three years after seeing Disney's third "Beauty and the Beast" release, comparing them may not be as easy, but at least I can say this "Cinderella" film has better animation, and I didn't find the stories to be QUITE as dull as the ones in the other mentioned direct-to-video release, so I guess this one is slightly superior. However, that's not saying much.
Keel
Keel
The original is a relaxing watch, with some truly memorable animated sequences. Unfortunately, the sequel, while not the worst of the DTV sequels completely lacks the sparkle.

The biggest letdown is a lack of a story. Like Belle's Magical World, the characters are told through a series of vignettes. Magical World, while marginally better, still manages to make a mess of the story. In between the vignettes, we see the mice at work, and I personally think the antics of Jaq and Gus are the redeeming merits of this movie.

The first vignette is the best, about Cinderella getting used to being to being a princess. This is the best, because the mice were at their funniest here. The worst of the vignettes, when Jaq turns into a human, is cute at times, but has a lack of imagination. The last vignette, when Anastasia falls in love, was also cute. The problem was, I couldn't imagine Anastasia being friendly with Cinderella, as I considered her the meaner out of the stepsisters. This was also marred by a rather ridiculous subplot about Lucifer falling in love with PomPom.

The incidental music was very pleasant to listen to;however I hated the songs, they were really uninspired, and nothing like the beautiful Tchaikovsky inspired melodies of the original.

The characters were the strongest development here. Cinderella while still caring, had lost her sincerity, and a lot of her charm from the original, though she does wear some very pretty clothes. The Duke had some truly funny moments but they weren't enough to save the film, likewise with Prudence and the king. As I mentioned, the mice were the redeeming merits of the movie, as they alone contributed to the film's cuteness. I have to say also the animation is colourful and above average, and the voice acting was surprisingly good.

All in all, a cute, if unoriginal sequel, that was marred by the songs and a lack of a story. 4/10 for the mice, the voice acting, the animation and some pretty dresses. Bethany Cox
Goltikree
Goltikree
I've got a question for those who thought of this idea. Why? What made them think to make a second movie of this. If memory serves, didn't Cinderella end with "They all lived happily ever after"? I'm pretty sure it did, or it was implied. Wait a minute, if they all lived happily ever after, how could there be a sequel? Unless they were trying to make the most boring story in history, there couldn't be a sequel. I mean sure, they could have Cinderella singing about nonsense for two hours, but why? A movie that ends in "happily ever after" can not have a sequel; if it does then they don't live happily ever after! Something's got to go wrong which causes problems with the first ending! Why? That's not right, it's evil. That's my final word on the matter.
Brakree
Brakree
I know that a lot of people dislike this film, but i LOVED it. I know that you'll disagree, but let me tell you why I like it:

I have fond memories of this film as a younger kid and I loved watching it every time. And I like the morals of each story:

Cinderella's Story: Be who YOU are, not someone else. Don't let others tell you you cannot be yourself.

Jaq's story: You should be proud of who you are, not what you are. You're helpful in your own way.

Anastasia's story: People can change for the better. Some will, some won't.

Say what you say, but I still love it.

What I liked: -Mary Mouse. I found it nice how they added a main FEMALE mouse. And I ship Jaq and Mary so much. -Jaq stopping the elephant. Jaq's bravest hour. And the elephant flinging the king into the air and onto the Ferris Wheel still has me laughing every time. Disagree if you want, but his response after the whole ordeal is priceless. The guy was on a wild ride on a rampaging elephant and all he can say is how he can see his castle. -Jaq/Sir Hugh accidentally scaring Gus, Mary, and the mice. That still has me howling every time. -Jaq and Mary's kiss(es). So cute. -Grand Duke and Prudence scaring the king from his nap. The way he falls over in reaction is good for a chuckle. Anastasia and the baker. It's nice how Anastasia decides to be with someone who isn't rich, but does have a nice heart.

What I disliked: -Not enough screen time for Prince Charming. It just would've been nice, that's all.

That's all I can pretty much say. I know a bunch of you may dislike it, but I love it. It gives me lots of sweet, laughable, and touching memories, and good sequel in my heart. Hate me if you will, but like the last one, I give this a 10/10.
Nayatol
Nayatol
Although Cinderella isn't the obvious choice for a sequel I love Jaq and Gus so I didn't hesitate. The format of the mice writing a book for Cinderella was an inspired one. I enjoy writing stories myself and hope children will be encouraged by this. The three stories are cute & amusing, although the songs were forgettable. Jaq and Gus were my favourite characters but I also enjoyed seeing Lucifer, Bruno, the Mice Chorus and all the rest. Pom Pom proved the perfect companion for Lucifer and I liked the Governess. A sequel done right for a change. My rating 8/10.
Usaxma
Usaxma
Being the 7 year old kid I was when this first came out on VHS, I watched this like it was another Disney Princess movie with no problem at all. Some 16 years later after watching it again, I did catch on that it was not as good as I remember. In Cinderella, there was an actual plot based on Perrault's version of the fairytale: a young woman who was regularly abused by her stepmother and stepsisters gets help from her fairy godmother to get to the prestigious royal ball for one night. In this sequel, there's no real plot, as it is just three stories being told by the mice and fairy godmother about...nothing really. The first story tells of Cinderella handling princess duties right after becoming a princess. The second story is about Jack complaining about being too small to help Cinderella now that she's a princess getting help from other people in the castle. So the fairy godmother Grant's his wish of being a human so he could help Cinderella better. The third story is about Cinderella helping her stepsister, Anastasia, win the heart of a Baker.

This movie does not quite work because it focuses on things that honestly does not matter. It just comes off as being lazy, except of course with the great animation and great voice acting. While the characters were not terrible, they still kind of lacked development, especially the prince because like in the first movie, we barely saw him. Hell he was literally out the picture once the movie started!! The mice appeared a bit too regularly considering the movie should be about the title character. The fairy godmother lives in the palace?? Anastasia is the only character who did develop more (even better development in Cindere lla 3), which honestly made me wish there was a movie about her alone. And the stories weren't good either because everything was too rushed and boring for there to be an actual plot. Of course all this would later change when Cinderalla 3 comes out, which was a WAY BETTER sequel with an actual plot. This movie is good for entertaining the little ones, but I'd probably just skip this one and show the third movie instead.