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Kevin Krock, editor
DVD Review
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
(2002) | Approx. 73 Minutes | Not Rated | Reviewed by Kevin Krock
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Ratings Summary
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The Show

For the sake of not taking more time than necessary with this show, here is the press release synopsis:

In Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, Cinderella is now married to Prince Charming and living happily ever after in the Royal Palace. During Cinderella’s first days in the palace, Prince Charming departs with the King on royal business, leaving Cinderella with Prudence, the King’s strict household advisor. Cinderella sincerely tries to follow Prudence’s established rules, but with the help of her mouse friends, Cinderella realizes that she need to be herself and bring her own style to the palace. Little Jaq the mouse wants to help Cinderella at the gala Spring Festival, but he’s too small. When he yearns to be human, the Fairy Godmother grants his wish – but Jaq finds that being a mouse in human form is harder than he anticipated.

While Jaq learns his hilarious lesson, frumpy Anastasia accidentally bumps into the town baker, and its love at first sight. Anastasia’s mother (Cinderella’s wicked Stepmother) will not allow her to see him, but Cinderella, who has noticed the budding romance steps in to help Anastasia make her own decisions. Love is in the air as the mice try to help nasty cat Lucifer court the pampered palace cat Pom-Pom, so they’ll be too preoccupied adoring each other to chase mice. However, the match goes awry, with uproarious results. As true love blooms between Anastasia and the baker, Cinderella proclaims that "dreams do come true."

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.

Promotional art © Disney
Promotional art © Disney

The Goodies

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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DVD FEATURES

Goodies

  • Musical Magic featurette (approx. 5 minutes)
  • "Put it Together" music video
  • DVD storybook
  • DVD set-top activity
  • DVD-ROM software demo

Technical Specifications

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  • Region 1 Encoded
  • Single-sided, dual-layer
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • English (DTS 5.1)
  • Spanish and French language tracks
  • English subtitles
  • Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1
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