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Western Animation: Happily Ever After
Looks like Snow White got a tan and hair extension.
Happily Ever After was an unofficial sequel to Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, produced in 1988 and released in 1993 by Filmation. As the studio had actually gone under in 1989, the movie was also Filmation's last project. As with most Filmation productions, it featured low budget animation and a typical high fantasy/adventure setting, though to get away from the Disney setting, it took some serious plot detours.

The movie opens literally as the previous story ends with Snow White and The Prince are off to go get married after the death of the wicked Queen. Unfortunately, just as this is taking place, the Wicked Queen's brother Lord Maliss pays a visit at his sister's home and gets caught up on the state of events. Naturally, he vows revenge on Snow White. He kidnaps the Prince but loses Snow White. She ends up back at the house of the seven Dwarfs, who are actually absent for the film as instead their cousins, the seven elementally powered dwarfelles have moved in. This leads to one big girl posse chasing down Lord Maliss to rescue The Prince. Along the way, they are followed by a hooded individual named the Shadow Man.

As you might be able to tell from the plot summary, the film takes more than a few liberties with the fairy tale's setting.

The movie was critically panned upon its release due to its rather cliche story and the low quality of the animation. Despite bombing hard at the box office, the film did manage to develop a cult following on VHS.

Tropes included:

  • Action Girl: This Snow White has quite a bit more spine than other incarnations; many people regard this as one of the few good qualities of the movie.
    • Ultimately Thunderella too, in the climax, when Thunderella throws a lightning bolt at Lord Maliss and distracts him long enough for Snow White to finish him off.
  • An Aesop: Smoking is evil, mmm'kay?
  • Animation Bump: There is Limited Animation all over the place, but it makes up for it with the few fluid animated scenes.
  • Artistic License Biology: Scowl, who's male, lays an egg.
  • Avenging the Villain: Maliss's motive.
  • Award Bait Song: Love Is The Reason at the end credits.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The mousy Thunderella finally learns to control her powers at the film's climax and pretty much torches Maliss herself.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The dwarvelles near the climax of the film. Especially Thunderella.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Sunburn, Muddy, and Thunderella.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Scowl and Batso.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Sunburn's not from Brooklyn, of course, but speaks with such an accent and is angry enough to fit this trope.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Mother Nature, despite a tendency to blunder her experiments badly (and dancing like a hippie chick), is the most Badass character around, able to one shoot Maliss in his One-Winged Angel form.
    Snow White: THAT'S Mother Nature?!
  • Butt Monkey: Scowl. Sunburn to a lesser extent.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": Snow White calling Maliss' dragon form a 'bird'.
  • The Cassandra: Shadow Man, at first.
  • Catch Phrase: Sunburn's "X burns me up!"
  • Color Wash: This movie just abuses the color blue. For example, the Realm of Doom is completely painted in blue.
  • Covers Always Lie: The dwarfelles are way bigger than the cover suggests. Plus, they made Shadow Man appear to be the Big Bad of the movie.
  • Darker and Edgier: Tried, at least, the atmosphere around the dwarfelles, the minions and Mother Nature is arguably Lighter and Softer than the original film. However, Maliss manages to of bringing a lot of the dark elements.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Shadow Man. Also Moonbeam, who supposedly has the power to command the night, though unfortunately this is never seen.
  • Defiant to the End: Muddy staring down Maliss even as he throws her into a pile with the other dwarfelles to be turned into stone.
  • Digital Destruction: In the DVD, the scene where the Prince takes out his crossbow and shoots it at dragon-Maliss just kind of hiccups and freezes. This doesn't happen in the VHS.
  • Disney Death: Shadow Man and six dwarfelles.
  • Distressed Dude: The thrust of the film's plot is the heroes storming Lord Maliss' castle to rescue the Prince. Of course, since he's been turned into the Shadow Man, he's actually loose for most of the film.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: Lord Maliss rules the Realm of DOOM—oom—oom—oom—oommmm....
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Elemental Powers: The dwarfelles, complete with Meaningful Names: Sunburn, Muddy, Blossom, Marina, Thunderella and Moonbeam. Critterina's power is not quite elemental.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Prince.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Scowl, he wishes.
  • Evil Gloating: Maliss insists on doing this as he advances with his petrifying cape on Snow White. It's probably because he's taking it so slow that he gets defeated.
  • Expy: The Shadow Man looks like an older version of Orko.
  • Eye Beams: Again, Maliss.
  • The Fashionista: Blossom.
    Thunderella: He was sooo terrible!
    Blossom: Unbelievable, my dear! He was wearing last year's cape!
  • Feminist Fantasy: Snow White is out to save her prince and the dwarves have been replaced by dwarfelles. Yep.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Snow White and the dwarfelles with tangible personalities. Snow White is melancholic, Thunderella is phlegmatic, Sunburn is choleric and Muddy is sanguine.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Blossom.
  • Gratuitous Rap: "Bad".
  • Heel-Face Turn: Scowl and Batso, because Mother Nature helps him learn to "smell again" after clearing up the harmful effects of smoking, and Batso was only evil because Scowl was, so Batso heel face turns because Scowl does.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Lord Maliss and his cloak.
  • Indy Hat Roll: Sunburn does one in Maliss' castle, after she hits the door's trigger out of frustration. It's also one of the few examples to use an upward-closing ddor.
  • "I Want" Song: "Get It Right".
  • I Will Find You: Snow White has to find the Prince after they're separated by Maliss.
  • Large Ham: Maliss, as played by Malcolm McDowell.
  • Limited Animation: As usual for Filmation.
  • Literal Metaphor: The animals created by Mother Nature (catfish, bullfrog, do(o)rmouse).
  • The Load: Despite the elemental powers, the dwarfelles do very little to help Snow White. Doubly so when they enter the Realm of Doom, where Mother Nature has no influence, meaning the dwarfelles' powers are annulled. One dwarfelle is an exception, proving to be of great help to Snow White: Thunderella. Her powers eventually do work, "Realm of Doom" or no, and Thunderella is instrumental in Maliss's defeat.
  • Loving a Shadow: Snow White ends up falling for Shadow Man hard. Aaaawkward...
  • Mentor Archetype: Mother Nature.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Batso and his inability to grasp the concept of "being bad".
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Rhino-wolves! And the creatures spawned by Mother Nature.
  • Mysterious Protector: The Shadow Man (a.k.a. The Prince)
  • Mythology Gag: Igor from Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night appears very briefly in Mother Nature's garden.
    • Not just that but Ed Asner and Frank Welker seem to appear in that film and this film as henchmen who eventually switch sides. In "Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night" they voice Scalawag and Igor and in this film they voice Scowl and Batso.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
    • Scowl gets in the way of Maliss chasing Snow White, thus letting her escape. The prince still gets screwed.
    • Then there's the scene near the end. Let's just say they unintentionally help the dwarfelles storm the castle.
    • Lord Maliss himself isn't immune, because he's only defeated in the end because instead of just killing Snow White outright when he has the chance, he insists on petrifying Snow White with a cloak, which gave Snow White an opportunity to beat him...with a little help from Thunderella of course.
  • No Indoor Voice: Maliss.
  • Ominous Owl: Scowl the owl is a subversion. Despite being on the bad guys side, he's a Butt Monkey and not threatening at all.
  • Pan Up To The Sky Ending
  • Panty Shot: Done a lot with Thunderella, for some unknown reason.
  • Power Incontinence: Thunderella's main gripe. She manages to overcome this in the climax.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: The Shadowman sees himself in a puddle of water and angrily kicks it with his foot.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Snow White.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: How the Mirror speaks.
  • Scaled Up: Maliss' favored mode of transportation and attack is to turn into a red dragon, and unlike most examples, it was actually pretty effective up until Scowl interfered.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Mother Nature is prone to this.
  • Shapeshifter Swan Song: What happens when Maliss dies. First he turns into his dragon form and then, before he turns into stone underneath the cloak's effects, turns into a dragon with his human face.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Scowl and Batso have no involvement whatsoever in the climax of the film. Unless you count letting the Dwarfelles in accidentally as being involved.
  • Spiritual Successor: Filmation previously did a sequel to Snow White in 1980 - it was a Christmas Special, and only lasted 50 minutes. That one also much more obviously ripped off Disney - by the time this film was made, the Mouse had gotten wiser.
  • Storming the Castle
  • Surrounded by Idiots: The goons that the Wicked Queen has left to Lord Maliss (who seem, by the way, suspiciously similar to the ones who worked for Maleficent) are even more bumbling than the dwarfelles — particularly Scowl.
  • Tagalong Kid: Thunderella, though ultimately The Hero.
  • Taken for Granite: Maliss' terror-inducing cloak at the climax of the film.
  • Team Mom: Snow White plays the part to the dwarfelles.
  • True Blue Femininity: Snow White, Marina, and Moonbeam.
  • Tsundere: Sunburn.
  • Unwilling Suspension: Maliss punishes Scowl by tying him up and hanging him over a boiling cauldron.
  • Villain Song: "Bad". More like Mook song, though.
  • Walk into Mordor: Averted. One DOES simply walk into the dark, dreary, dangerous Realm of Doom.
  • You Gotta Have Colorful Hair: Moonbeam has blue hair, Marina has green hair, and Blossom has pink hair.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: How Mother Nature reacts when Snow White says she wants the dwarfelles to come with her. ("You want THEM?")
  • You Monster!: Spoken by Snow White to Maliss after the latter turns the dwarfelles to stone and kills The Shadow Man.

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