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Disney: Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

A 2002 Direct-to-Video sequel to the Disney Animated Canon hit Cinderella. This is a Compilation Movie of three stories, intended to be episodes for an aborted TV series, loosely tied together:

  • Aim to Please, in which Cinderella, after returning from her honeymoon, tries to put on a royal buffet and adjust to life as a princess;
  • Tall Tail, in which one of the mice, Jaq, gets transformed into a human by the Fairy Godmother in order to help out Cinderella;
  • An Uncommon Romance, in which Cinderella's stepsister Anastasia comes at odds with her family when she falls in love with a baker and starts on a path to redemption.


The film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: In "Tall Tail", human!Jaq gets an admirer in a very fat noblewoman who previously tried to stomp him as a mouse.
  • Anachronism Stew
  • Big Beautiful Man: The baker is seen as this by some fangirls. Being in a Beta Moe Couplet with Anastasia helps a lot.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Cinderella gently accuses her council for the Spring Festival of this in "A Tall Tail". One of the members suggests moving it to Summer, and another proposes forbidding children from attending. After Cinderella reminds them that it wouldn't become a Spring Festival, or a way to entertain the children, all the Yes-Men in the council support her.
  • Conspicuous CG: The Ferris wheel in "Tall Tail".
  • Cool Crown: At the end of "Aim to Please", Cinderella is given a glass tiara.
  • Description Cut: In "Aim to Please", just after Cinderella worries that she has no idea how to plan a royal banquet, the prince assures her he'll stay by her side. The very next scene opens with him protesting that he and the king are to be abruptly sent on a trip.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Pom Pom, the cat who lives at the palace, is the female equivalent of Lucifer.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The baker makes a brief appearance in "Aim to Please", before getting more focus as Anastasia's love interest in "An Uncommon Romance".
  • Easily Forgiven: During "An Uncommon Romance", Cinderella holds no ill will towards Anastasia for all her antagonism, actually helping her to get together with the baker.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: During the climax of "Tall Tail", Jaq chooses to be turned back into a mouse so he can scare a rampaging elephant.
  • Follow Your Heart: There's a whole song with that title.
  • Framing Device: The movie transitions between each episode by showing the mice recollecting some misadventures to document in a storybook.
  • Girl Friday: Prudence.
  • Going to the Store: During "An Uncommon Romance", before Anastasia goes to meet the baker again, she grabs some bread from the pantry, throws it out the window (right on Drizella's head, even), and tells Lady Tremaine that she has to go to town and buy some more bread.
  • Hot Librarian: Prudence, in the eyes of the Grand Duke and her fans.
  • Hugh Mann: Almost literally in "Tall Tail"; Human!Jaq's attempt to say "I'm human!" to Cinderella gets interrupted and causes people to think he's "Sir Hugh".
  • Idiot Ball: In "Tall Tail", the Fairy Godmother forgets her magic words just before Jaq is about to be trampled by an elephant. As in "bibbidi-bobbidi-boo", the only magic words she uses.
  • Imagine Spot: Anastasia has a brief one of her and the baker waltzing at one point in "An Uncommon Romance", which eventually comes true.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Much like in the page image, Cinderella is forced to wear a rather uncomfortable gown in "Aim to Please".
  • Ironic Echo Cut: One scene at the start of "Aim to Please" cuts from Prudence informing the King that Cinderella might not know how to plan a royal banquet, to Cinderella admitting to Prince Charming exactly that.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Anastasia's bound curls are let loose during her makeover.
  • The Makeover: "An Uncommon Romance" has one for both Anastasia and Lucifer before they meet their respective love interests.
  • Makeover Montage: The Makeover is shown through this subtrope
  • Na´ve Everygirl: Cinderella's redhead stepsister Anastasia gets retconned into one of these.
  • No Name Given: The baker Anastasia falls for. A few people have nicknamed him Dimitri, as a nod to Don Bluth's Anastasia.
  • Once an Episode: All three stories have Cinderella helping plan a royal celebration.
  • Ojou: Prudence.
  • Out of Focus: The film does not show Cinderella's stepfamily until the final story, "An Uncommon Romance".
  • Palette Swap: Cinderella wears several slightly modified versions of her classic ballgown throughout the movie.
  • Remember the New Guy: The introduction of Jaq's girlfriend, Mary, as one of Cinderella's closest animal friends can feel a little abrupt, since the first movie referred to none of the female mice by name. (Books about Cinderella characters refer to two of them as Suzy and Perla, but still don't mention a Mary.)
  • Sealed with a Kiss: "Aim to Please" ends with Cinderella and Prince Charming kissing while seated on their thrones, with a heart-shaped Iris Out closing over them.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Anastasia doesn't live up to her position as an ugly step-sister after her makeover.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Cinderella, as she gets more Character Development. Anastasia becomes one of these, too.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: One of the triggers behind Anastasia's Heel-Face Turn is her love for a commoner. More exactly, the local baker boy.
  • Stock Footage: Some sequences in the Framing Device seem recycled from a scene in the first movie, in which the mice make Cinderella a ballgown.
  • Story Arc: Anastasia begins her development into a sympathetic character here, which continues into Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.
  • Third-Act Misunderstanding: Anastasia sees what she believes to be the baker giving flowers to another woman. Fortunately, they are Just Friends; he was just asking her if the flowers would make a good gift for Anastasia.
  • Those Two Girls: Beatrice and Daphne.
  • Title Drop: Not the exact title, but the last story ends with Cinderella telling Anastasia, "Dreams do come true!", as Anastasia and the baker dance together.
  • Totally Radical: Cinderella briefly exclaims "Ew!" in a Valley Girl tone.
  • The Un-Smile: How Anastasia "smiled" before her makeover.
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