Trivia / Happily Ever After

  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, Unknown, but the distributor, First National Film Corp, chipped in $10 million on a marketing campaign. Box office, $3,229,382.
  • Creator Killer: Ultimately proved to be the swan song for both Filmation and the eventual distributor, First National, when the box office receipts failed to recoup their marketing budget.
  • Development Hell: The film was originally produced in 1988 as Snow White and the Realm of Doom, as part of a project to make unofficial Disney sequels to their fairy tale films. Disney got wise and filed a lawsuit against Filmation claiming that audiences would think it was an official sequel to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. As this was exactly what Filmation had intended to do, they were forced to change the story, and the final product was intended for a June 1990 release. Except there was another dispute (this time with the distributor), and the film failed at test screenings in 1990, so the film's release was held off until 1993. In the meantime, Filmation was shut down in 1989, so the film actually outlived its studio.
  • Dueling Movies: Actually had to deal with the final theatrical reissue of the original classic before Disney finally released it on video as the starting title in the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection brand. Obviously, it didn't fare too well.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Both this and the Pinocchio sequel made Filmation the all-too-popular star of the show in a lawsuit from Disney to quash both projects. They survived, but it didn't help much in the end.
  • Short Run in Peru: It premiered in France, the UK, Ireland and Portugal years before its home country.
  • Stillborn Franchise: This film and the unofficial Pinocchio sequel to go with it, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, were supposed to be part of a line of unofficial Disney Animated Classic sequels. Filmation's bankruptcy coupled with this movie's failure, the distributor following Filmation to Chapter Seven, and Disney having already created one official sequel, The Rescuers Down Under, and then getting on the sequel bus themselves with Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, guaranteeing any plans Filmation had for that idea could only be done in non-profit fanfiction. Incidentally, the original Snow White and Pinocchio films never got a Disney sequel before John Lasseter ended that trend.
  • Talking to Himself: Critterina and Marina, Moonbeam and Thunderella.