Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)

This film was a guilty pleasure when I was growing up. However, I feel that (given its very narrow demographic) I cannot judge it harshly. Or, at least, try not to.

This film is a direct-to-video sequel to the 1950 Cinderella movie. It is made up of segments and is put across in a child-friendly way, so as there is no need for major character development while bringing children their favourite characters getting up to new adventures.

That being said, it was made at a time when Disney was rolling out many other sequels to perfectly good Disney films, which in many cases didn’t even need a sequel. While watching this film I was trying to cling to my childhood memories of actually quite liking this film and watching it with my sisters whenever our friends came over to play.

It’s not a ‘bad’ or ‘crap’ sequel, even though some of the dialogue is teeth-grittingly bad and it made me wince. Of course, I am far and away from the demographic so my opinions can be completely disregarded. The morals of each episode were ham-fisted in but luckily a younger viewer will probably just lap it up and not take any notice of the treacly dialogue or over-done moral message. Of course the logical step would be to have some sort of inner conflict but Disney princesses can’t have problems after their prince comes and saves them. So, in retaliation it seems that they make the episodes as needlessly complicated as possible while not actually causing any narrative advancement. Sad really.

MY RATING: ** / *****



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