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Cinderella III: A Twist in Time

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Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
Cinderella III cover.JPG
Directed by Frank Nissen
Produced by Margot Pipkin
Written by Steve Bencich
Ron J. Friedman
Eddie Guzelian
Robert Reece
Colleen Millea Ventimilia
Daniel Berendsen
Starring Jennifer Hale
Lola Sanchez
Susan Blakeslee
Lesli Margherita
Corey Burton
Tami Tappan
Music by Alan Zachary
Michael Weiner
Joel McNeely
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release dates
February 6, 2007
February 14, 2008
Running time
75 min.
Language English

Cinderella III: A Twist in Time is the second direct-to-video sequel to the 1950 Walt Disney Pictures animated classic Cinderella. Canonically it is a continuation of the original Cinderella, rather than Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, though due to its unusual chronological sequencing it acknowledges the events of Cinderella II: Dreams Come True by using some of its characters. The film was released on February 6, 2007 and was directed by Frank Nissen and features the voices of Jennifer Hale and Susanne Blakeslee. For the UK release of the film, it was simply titled Cinderella: A Twist in Time, without mention of it being a sequel. It made its world television premiere on Toon Disney on December 3, 2007.


At the Tremaine mansion, Cinderella's stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella are bitterly doing Cinderella's old chores. Anastasia wanders off to avoid work and stumbles upon a picnic being held by Cinderella, Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother to celebrate Cinderella and the Prince's one-year anniversary. When the Fairy Godmother drops her wand, Anastasia takes it, and in the ensuing struggle Anastasia accidentally turns the Fairy Godmother to stone. Anastasia flees the scene, taking the wand to her sister and mother.

Lady Tremaine uses the wand to go back in time with her daughters to the day the Grand Duke fitted the glass slipper on Cinderella. She uses the wand to expand the slipper so that it can fit Anastasia, and the Grand Duke declares she must be the girl Prince Charming is looking for. Cinderella arrives on the scene too late, and Lady Tremaine breaks Cinderella's other slipper, destroying her only evidence that she was the one who danced with Prince Charming. Cinderella watches Lady Tremaine and her stepsisters leave for the palace, and then decides to follow them with Jaq and Gus.

Charming claims Anastasia was not the girl he danced with at the ball, but Lady Tremaine uses the wand to alter his memory, and he accepts her as his bride. Jaq and Gus see this from afar and inform Cinderella that Lady Tremaine has the wand. Cinderella poses as a maid to get into the Tremaines' room, but she is spotted by Lady Tremaine and captured by the palace guards as an intruder. Cinderella briefly touches Charming's hand and he begins to recognize her, but Lady Tremaine orders Cinderella placed on the next ship out of the kingdom. The mice find Charming and explain the whole story to him, and he rides off to intercept the ship just as it leaves port. Charming embraces Cinderella and his true memories return. He asks her to marry him, and she accepts.

Charming brings Cinderella back to the castle and explains everything to the King and the Grand Duke. The King orders the Tremaines arrested, but they escape using the wand. As Cinderella prepares for her wedding, Lady Tremaine emerges with Anastasia, who has been magically transformed into a doppelgänger of Cinderella. Lady Tremaine then transports Cinderella, Jaq and Gus into the castle grounds, where they are to be taken to their deaths in a twisted pumpkin carriage with Lucifer as its human driver, but they manage to defeat Lucifer and escape, leaving Lucifer stranded in the woods.

Cinderella races to the castle as the vows are about to be exchanged. At the last moment, Anastasia's conscience gets the better of her and she turns Charming down; Lady Tremaine and Drizella reveal themselves in their fury. The King orders the Tremaines arrested, but Lady Tremaine uses the wand to fend off the guards. During the scuffle the wand's magic is deflected, and Lady Tremaine and Drizella are turned into toads and transported to the castle cellar. Retrieving the wand, Anastasia reverts herself to her original form, and Cinderella restores the Fairy Godmother. The Fairy Godmother offers to reverse the timeline to its original state, but Cinderella and Charming decline. The pair are married again and live happily ever after.

In a post-credits scene, Lady Tremaine and Drizella are turned back into their original selves, but dressed up as maids, much to their horror.


This film was Disney Australia's final feature (the studio was closed and equipment auctioned off once Cinderella III production completed in July 2006).[1] Unlike the previous sequel, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, which was mostly made in Japan (that studio also closed shortly after completion of Cinderella II), Cinderella III's animators were given meticulous model sheets and extensive live-action sequences for animation reference.[citation needed]



The original songs contained in the body of the film, including "Perfectly Perfect," "More than a Dream" and "At the Ball" were written by frequent Disney songwriters Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. Hayden Panettiere performed the end credits song, "I Still Believe," and a music video was created as a DVD bonus feature. An official soundtrack has yet to be released.


Cinderella III: A Twist in Time was released on February 2007 and went back to the Disney Vault on January 31, 2008.


  • Games and Activities

Bibbidi-Bobbidi Game

Cinderella's Ballroom (DVD-ROM)

  • Music and More

"I Still Believe" Music Video By: Hayden Panettiere

  • Backstage Disney

Backstage At Disney Cruise Line's "Twice Charmed"

First Look At The New DVD, "Disney Princess Enchanted Tales"


Cinderella III received a mostly positive response among the seven critics compiled at Rotten Tomatoes, who gave it a 71% rating.[2] However, some fans[who?] of the original Cinderella were unhappy with this third installment of the series. Nonetheless, it was reviewed more positively compared to its predecessor, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, which scored 0% positive reviews with critics.

Slate magazine writer Dan Kois uses Cinderella III to defend the merits of Disney's straight-to-video sequels, after Disney announced they were eliminating production of any more sequels.[3] Kois points out that in Cinderella III, the wicked stepsister (Anastasia) - originally an "oafish caricature" - finally becomes a fully fleshed-out character, and some of the absurdity of the original film is gently mocked.[4]

Many have noted numerous similarities between the film's premise and that of Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story, a Broadway-style stage musical created by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment that currently runs on the Disney Cruise Line.[5]


  1. ^ Grimm, Nick (July 27, 2005). "Disney cans Australian animation operation". ABC News Online. Archived from the original on July 30, 2005. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Disney ditching its direct-to-DVD sequels", Chicago Sun Times, June 29, 2007 [dead link]
  4. ^ Kois, Dan (July 17, 2007), "Why Bambi II Is Better Than Bambi: And why Disney shouldn't kill the straight-to-DVD sequel.", Slate, archived from the original on August 22, 2007 
  5. ^ Strong, Josh (January 23, 2007), "Director Frank Nissen on Cinderella III", Animated Views 

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