Happily Ever After (1993 film)
|Happily Ever After|
Collector's Edition cover
|Directed by||John Howley|
|Produced by||Lou Scheimer|
|Written by||Robby London
Zsa Zsa Gabor
|Music by||Frank Becker|
|Editing by||Joe Gall
Jeffrey C. Patch
Kel Air Productions
|Distributed by||Melenny Distribution
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
First National Pictures (II)
Worldvision Home Video
|Running time||75 minutes|
Happily Ever After (also known as Snow White: Happily Ever After and Happily Ever After: Snow White's Greatest Adventure) is a 1988 American animated film created by Filmation, directed by John Howley and released in 1993. The story is an unofficial sequel to the fairy tale of "Snow White", where Snow White and The Prince are about to be married, but the Wicked Queen's evil brother is seeking revenge for her death.
The film replaces the Dwarfs with their female cousins, called the Dwarfelles. It is unrelated to A Snow White Christmas, an earlier "Snow White" sequel by Filmation.
The film opens with a recap of the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, provided by the Looking Glass. Upon learning of the Evil Queen's demise, her brother, the wizard Lord Maliss, vows revenge on Snow White and her Prince. He transforms into a dragon and attacks Snow White and the Prince while they are travelling to the cottage of the Seven Dwarfs. Lord Maliss kidnaps the Prince, but Snow White manages to escape.
Snow White reaches the cottage and meets the Dwarfs' female cousins, the Seven "Dwarfelles": Muddy, Sunburn, Blossom, Marina, Critterina, Moonbeam, and Thunderella. The Dwarfs have left the cottage, but the Dwarfelles are happy to help Snow White, taking her to visit Mother Nature at Rainbow Falls. Mother Nature has given the Dwarfelles individual powers to help her; she holds Thunderella accountable for not mastering her powers, and accuses the other Dwarfelles of misusing their powers. Lord Maliss, in his dragon form, attacks them but Mother Nature shoots him with lightning, which causes him to crash and return to normal. Before leaving, Lord Maliss tells Snow White that the Prince is held in his castle.
Snow White and the Dwarfelles travel to Lord Maliss' castle in the Realm of Doom, along the way encountering a strange cloaked humanoid they call the "Shadow Man". Lord Maliss sends his one-horned wolves after the group, and they manage to escape with the help of the "Shadow Man". Lord Maliss is furious at this failure and changes into his dragon form, finally successfully capturing Snow White and taking her to the castle. The Dwarfelles sneak into the castle as well.
In the castle, Snow White is reunited with her Prince, who takes her through a secret passage to supposedly escape. The Prince is actually Lord Maliss in disguise, and he wants to throw a magic red cloak on Snow White in order to petrify her into stone. He almost succeeds, but is attacked by the "Shadow Man", The Dwarfelles arrive, each of them attacking Lord Maliss but failing and becoming petrified themselves. The last to be unharmed is Thunderella, who finally gains control of her powers and helps Snow White subdue Lord Maliss. The cloak is thrown on him, and Lord Maliss turns to stone in mid-transition between his human and dragon forms (resembling a gargoyle).
As the sun shines onto the castle, Snow White mourns the "Shadow Man" until Mother Nature arrives. The "Shadow Man" is actually the Prince, transformed into that state by Lord Maliss, and he is restored to his normal form. Mother Nature states that the Dwarfelles have proven themselves, and are allowed to attend Snow White's wedding. Snow White and the Prince are reunited, and begin to live happily ever after.
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- Irene Cara as Snow White: the main protagonist of the movie. She is soft-hearted, filled with love, kind and gentle. Yet she is also determined to look for her prince.
- Malcolm McDowell as Lord Maliss: the Evil Queen's brother, a powerful wizard, and the villain of the film. He has several powers, all of which are of dark origin and have detrimental effects on their victims. His trademark power is the ability to transform himself into a large, red dragon/wyvern creature which is immensely strong and fast in flight. This is his main form of transportation, as well as his way of capturing Snow White and the Prince. He also has powerful optical blasts, which stun and partially paralyze his victims. Short sharp blasts of this power knock his victims to the ground, while extended exposure (from his eyes to the victims) causes death. He also has crippling spells and enchantments, which is discovered at the end of the film, when it is revealed Lord Maliss transformed The Prince into a tiny and feeble man. He is also able to shape-shift, taking on the form of whomever he chooses. He uses this power to trick Snow White into following him to his outside area where he keeps his many defeated enemies and punished servants. His last power emanates from a magical red cloak. Any living being that is unfortunate enough to find itself under the cloak is transformed into a stone statue. The only way to reverse this transformation is to destroy Lord Maliss and the cloak. Lord Maliss is eventually defeated, when Snow White (with the helpful distraction from Thunderella) is able to throw the red cape on top of him.
- Michael Horton as The Prince: Snow White's handsome fiance. He is strong-willed on the outside, but caring on the inside. He is only seen in the first few minutes and last minutes of the movie. Lord Maliss casted a spell on the Prince turning him into the "Shadow Man," an enigmatic creature who helped Snow White and the Seven Dwarfelles in dangerous situations.
- Phyllis Diller as Mother Nature: the most powerful force of good in this movie, having complete control over nature, as well as the ability to create creatures from potions she makes in her sanctuary. Upon Lord Maliss' attack on Snow White who is with the Seven Dwarfelles in Mother Nature's garden, Mother Nature surrounds her corporeal self with massive amounts of electrical energy, and blasts Lord Maliss out of the air. She then creates a divide in the land with a flick of her hand so he can not get to them. She is then seen in the end magically transporting herself to Lord Maliss' castle.
- Carol Channing as Muddy: a Dwarfelle who has power over the earth it self, and as such performs such tricks as causing minor tremors and such. She feels most comfortable playing in the mud.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor as Blossom: a Dwarfelle who has power over plants and flowers, and is seen throughout the animation zapping the ground and having flowers spring up. It becomes apparent that her flora powers are less effective if the area is less natural or adaptable, as in the Realm of Doom. Blossom is very reminiscent of her voice actress with Gabor's mannerisms, penchant for the beautiful and fashionable, and even her signature accent.
- Linda Gary as Marina: a Dwarfelle who has power over all lakes and rivers, but the only example of her powers in the film is being able to breathe underwater. Marina carries herself as a gentlewoman and has a British accent.
- Linda Gary also voices Critterina: a Dwarfelle who has power of all animals who are created by Mother Nature. She is able to communicate with all animals, regardless of their creators, but does not have control over animals who are not Mother Nature's work, like Lord Maliss' one-horned wolves. It should be noted that while the others Dwarfelles are human in appearance, Critterina looks anthropomorphic. She aptly has a cowgirl mentality and a Texan accent.
- Jonathan Harris as the Sunflower: a very distinguished yet snooty plant who lives in Mother Nature's garden and is one her hired help.
- Sally Kellerman as Sunburn: a Dwarfelle who has power over sunlight, and is able to focus sun rays in any area and to whatever extremity she so wishes. She uses her power in the film to clear away clouds and summon down a beam of light to illuminate a dark cave. She has a New Yorker accent and attitude and her catchphrase is "This really BURNS me up!".
- Tracey Ullman as Moonbeam: a Dwarfelle is never seen using her powers, but has the distinct characteristic of being in a deep slumber and sleepwalking in the day, and only awaking at night.
- Tracey Ullman also voices Thunderella: the seventh and youngest dwarfelle, and is considered the 'black sheep' of the seven because of her inability to control her powers. She has power over weather, and always seems to mess her attempts at creating storms. She ends up saving the day by hitting Lord Maliss with a bolt of lightning she creates from her fingertip.
- Frank Welker as Batso the Bat: a timid, more cautious, and bubble-headed bat who is the partner of Scowl.
- Edward Asner as Scowl the Owl: a cigar-smoking owl who is the partner of Batso.
Filmation had previously developed a plan to create a series of direct-to-video sequels to popular Disney motion pictures, but only this film and Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night were ever completed. The film was eventually released during the same summer that Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was re-released theatrically; sued by Disney, Filmation promised their characters would not resemble the ones from the Disney version. It was also the reason Filmation changed the title of the film from the original Snow White in the Land of Doom to Happily Ever After.
The film was originally supposed to be released in 1990. Filmation tried to popularize it by creating and selling dragon stickers as well as Seven Dwarfelle dolls; it also gained a commercial tie-in with Chiquita bananas. Shortly after the release, Filmation Studios declared bankruptcy and closed its doors for good.
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Happily Ever After was poorly received in the box office, with a domestic gross of only $3,299,382. Critics generally disliked the film, opining that the plot as well as "badly drawn" and "clumsy" animation were amateurish and forgettable.
An unreleased NES video game had also planned in 1990 but a SNES was released four years later (a year later after the film's release).
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