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Happily N'Ever After
Genre: Animation

Reviewed In Issue 122 (Jul/Aug 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Andy Dick, Wallace Shawn, Patrick Warburton, George Carlin, and Sigourney Weaver

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features (on the Evil Side) include commentary with Director Bolger, the five-part (Choose Your Own Fairy Tale Ending, Munk's Fairy Tale Fix, Mambo And Munk's Magical Match Maker, Mambo's Memory Mix-Up, and Create Your Own Witch's Broom!) "Department Of Fairy Tale Security" segment, an alternate ending, seven deleted scenes, and three featurettes: "Journey Of The Characters In The Enchanted Forest" (16 minutes), "From Storyboard To Fairy Tale: A Comparison" (three minutes), and "Creating The Happily Story: Bringing N'Ever After To Life" (12 minutes). Now, if you choose the Good Side route, the special features are the same. There are also previews, which are also shown a la up-front.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lionsgate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 21183
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For some mild action and rude humor
(Retail Price): $28.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 87
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/01/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Paul J. Bolger
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Department of Fairytale Land Security is run by none other than The Wizard (Carlin), whose job it is to make sure that every story has a happy ending. But everyone needs a vacation now and then, and when Mr. Wizard decides to go on one, he leaves his assistants Munk (Shawn) and Mambo (Dick) in charge. They allow Cinderella's (Gellar) wicked stepmother (Weaver) to get a hold of The Wizard's magical staff, and she is determined to change things a little, making sure that there is plenty of Happily N'Ever After going around. This ain't your mama's fairy tale. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD looks very good, with bold, vibrant colors and well-rendered images. The image can look enjoyably dimensional, with well-defined shadows. The picture's detailed images and screen-popping colors should keep its target audience fully engaged. (Danny Richelieu)

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