Gregory Kirschling
January 03, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Happily N'Ever After

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
87 minutes
Wide Release Date
01/05/07
performer
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sigourney Weaver, George Carlin, Andy Dick
director
Paul J. Bolger
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Robert Moreland
genre
Animation

We gave it a D-

Happily N’Ever After is to Pixar what color-by-numbers is to traditional Disney animation. The press notes boast that the total production time was only 15 months, ”unheard of for a first-class computer animated movie.” Maybe there’s a reason why that’s unheard-of. This thrown-together, dumpy-looking misfire finds Cinderella’s wicked stepma (Sigourney Weaver) taking over Fairy Tale Land. Sounds subversive, but Happily is stuffed with stock characters — the vain prince, the critter sidekicks — who adamantly stay stock.

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