Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True is a 2002 American direct-to-video fantasy comedy anthology film. It is directed by John Kafka and features a screenplay written by Jill E. Blotevogel, Tom Rogers, and Julie Selbo. It is the first direct-to-video sequel to the 1950 Disney film Cinderella, and the first in the series to use digital ink and paint. It stars the voices of Jennifer Hale, Russi Taylor, Corey Burton, and Rob Paulsen. It was released on February 26, 2002.
Dreams Come True
|Directed by||John Kafka|
|Written by||Jill E. Blotevogel|
|Produced by||Mary Thorne|
Mary Alice Drumm
Christopher Daniel Barnes
Gina La Piana
|Edited by||Julie Ann Lau|
|Music by||Michael Tavera|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Home Entertainment|
In the royal palace, Cinderella's mice friends Gus and Jaq head to a chamber where the Fairy Godmother is reading the story of Cinderella to the other mice. Much to their disappointment, Gus and Jaq arrive just as she has finished the story. With her help, the mice set off to make a new book to narrate what happens after the Happily Ever After, by stringing three segments of stories together into one narrative.
In the first segment, Cinderella and Prince Charming return from their Honeymoon, and Cinderella reunites with her mice friends and her dog Bruno. She is later put in charge of the palace banquets and parties while the King and Prince Charming are away. However, Cinderella is dissatisfied with the emphasis on tradition, and decides to organize the upcoming party her own way. Although he initially seems to be shocked at Cinderella's changes, the King ends up satisfied with the party.
In the second segment, Jaq thinks he is too small to help Cinderella in the palace as he did in the first movie. The Fairy Godmother turns him into a human, named "Sir Hugh," so he can help out. However, this does not stop Pom Pom, the palace's cat, from chasing Jaq around. After an incident with an elephant at a fair, he learns to be happy with himself.
In the last segment, Anastasia, one of Cinderella's stepsisters, falls in love with a baker named Lathyn, of whom her mother Lady Tremaine and older sister Drizella disapprove. Cinderella, unbeknownst to anyone else, arrives and secretly watches as Lady Tremaine berates Anastasia, thus leading her to help Anastasia in getting ready for the ball together. Later at the ball, Anastasia thanks Cinderella for helping her. Lucifer also has an encounter with Pom Pom, the castle's cat, with whom he falls in love.
The mice finish their book, and the movie ends as they gather in front of the fire with Cinderella, who begins to read their story.
- Jennifer Hale as Cinderella
- Rob Paulsen as Jaq/Grand Duke/The Baker/Sir Hugh/Bert/Flower Vendor
- Corey Burton as Gus
- Andre Stojka as The King
- Russi Taylor as Fairy Godmother, Drizella Tremaine, Mary Mouse, Beatrice, Countless Le Grande and Daphne
- Susanne Blakeslee as Lady Tremaine
- Tress MacNeille as Anastasia Tremaine
- Holland Taylor as Prudence
- Christopher Daniel Barnes as Prince Charming
- Frank Welker as Lucifer/Pom-Pom/Bruno
The songs for the film were performed by Brooke Allison, and while a true soundtrack was never released, all the songs were included on the compilation album Disney's Princess Favorites, which was released shortly before the film. One song, Put It Together (Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo), was also included on the compilation album Superstar Hits, which was released shortly after the film.
While the movie did surpass the $120 million mark, critical reception was mainly negative. Many critics agreed that it looked like pieced-together remains of a rejected television series, akin to Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World and Atlantis: Milo's Return. On Rotten Tomatoes, it currently holds an 11% approval rating based on 9 reviews.
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True was released on February 26, 2002 on DVD and VHS. It was then re-released on December 19, 2006 as a special-edition DVD, going back in the Disney Vault on January 31, 2008. On November 20, 2012, the film was released with the other Cinderella sequel Cinderella III: A Twist in Time as a two-movie collection on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray. Both sequels along with the 'Diamond Edition' release of the original film returned to the Disney Vault on January 31, 2017.
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