Happily N'Ever After is a 2007 animated film set in a troperiffic fairy tale land. Cinderella's Evil Stepmother gains control of the land's magic and uses it to cause all the fairy tales to have unhappy endings.The film was critically panned, and failed to make its budget back at the box office, but made enough in home video to justify a Direct-to-DVD sequel.
For the Lulz: The Evil stepmother Frieda decides to take over the Wizards' wand and give a bad ending to all the various fairy tales... for fun...
Fractured Fairy Tale: The whole point of the film. Even when evil is vanquished and everybody gets a happy ending, not all of them are traditional (Ella, for instance, decides not to marry the Prince).
Indecisive Deconstruction: Happily N'Ever After is a Partial Deconstruction; it comes close to deconstructing the typical Disney fairytale storyline, but since it's a kids' movie couldn't go all the way.
Limited Animation: Largely due to sending animation to several studios even though it had a moderate budget.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: If Lady Vain had just gotten married (to illustrate, Snow White was ok with this), she would've had a chance to have Snow White and King Cold killed off eventually and not be punished due to Villain with Good Publicity in play. Unfortuantely.....
Disproportionate Retribution: Lady Vain tries to kill Snow White for being more humble than before, to illustrate, Snow White was actually ok with her marriage as long as her dad was ok with it. Lady Vain basically threw away her chance to rule for her own pettiness.
Franchise Killer: Seriously, the humor is dumbed down to fairytale jokes, the CGI is worse, the characters are far more bland and the plot is extremely forced and childish compared to the original
Logically, the movie should take place before the first movie, since the dwarves already met Snow White; despite this, it is flat out said to happen AFTER the events of the first movie in the introduction.