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For the sake of not taking more time than necessary with this show, here is the press release synopsis:
Does it sound a bit schizophrenic to you for a sequel? Actually, the show is a compilation of four animated shorts loosely tied together with interstitial animation.
Disney’s Television Animation division in Japan produced all of the animation, and the entire show has a definite “cartoon series” feel to it. Based on that, I am almost certain that the four stories presented in this show were pulled from a pool of shows intended for a Disney Channel or Toon Disney Channel television series. The Disney Princesses are very popular and great revenue engines, so you will probably see Cinderella join Jasmine, Ariel, and the others on your cable or satellite in the near future.
There are not a lot of goodies, and those that are present are pretty much targeted for young girls. The featurette on the show’s music only runs approximately five minutes, and it feels like a throwaway piece. As far as Disney’s animated direct-to-video sequels go, this one comes up very short of Lady and the Tramp II reference point.
The Video, Audio and Interface
There really is not much to rave about in these categories. The video and audio are merely acceptable, but as I mentioned, the source material is not much more than either a Saturday morning cartoon or cable network cartoon series. The fact that it includes both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 soundtracks is somewhat of a puzzlement to me, but I guess they had the disc space to fill. As for the menus, they are simple and functional, but to Disney’s credit, many of the screens feature animation and music.
The Final Evaluation
I have mentioned in other reviews that I am not a big fan of Disney’s direct-to-video sequels, especially for the classics – but of the recent sequels, Lady and the Tramp II pleasantly surprised me. It had an acceptable plot, pretty good music, and a level of animation that I had not anticipated. After seeing that disc, I sincerely hoped that Cinderella II was going to get the same treatment.
Unfortunately, after watching this, I was disappointed but not entirely surprised. It is not a sequel but rather a plug for a television series, and little, if any, of the production recalls the charm of the original classic. This is one disc that pretty easily falls into the "no need to pick this one up – even at Costco" category, and if you have to get it, you may want to look into buying one of the inevitable used copies.
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