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Looks like Snow White got a tan and hair extension.
Happily Ever After is 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 is also Filmation's last project. As with most Filmation productions, it features low budget animation and a typical high fantasy/adventure setting, though to get away from the Disney setting, it takes 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?
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: The dead queen's minions are partying in her castle.
  • Animated Musical
  • 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.
  • Badass Adorable: Thunderella in the climax.
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  • Bait-and-Switch: At the end of the movie, after Mother Nature has congratulated everyone, Sunburn says that, of course, some of them were more useful than others. Muddy scolds Sunburn; honestly, must Sunburn take all the credit? No, she must not, as Sunburn wasn't talking about herself, she meant Thunderella, who really came through.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The Prince is turned into the suspicious-looking, unable-to-speak Shadow Man by Maliss. It makes life hard for him since he wants to help Snow White but the dwarfelles keep telling her not to trust him because of how he looks.
  • 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.
  • Bowdlerise: The American DVD sloppily edits out a lot of the violence present in the original VHS edition, such as Dragon!Maliss taking an arrow to the leg, Maliss being slapped by Snow White, and some shots from when the dwarfelles take on Maliss. note 
  • 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!"
  • Cigar Chomper: Scowl always has a fat cigar in his mouth.
  • 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 bring 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: The bad edits to hide violent content in the American DVD. As with many Filmation movies and series released on the American DVD, they are taken from PAL copies as the original 35mm film elements were apparently destroyed by Hallmark.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Maliss seems to have genuinely loved his sister, considering he wants revenge for her death.
  • 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.
  • Evil Uncle: Since the evil queen was Snow White's step-mother, this would make Maliss Snow White's step-uncle, though it's not noted within the story.
  • Expy: The Shadow Man looks like an older version of Orko.
  • Eye Beams: Maliss can shoot yellow-orange beams out of his eyes. Unusually, they don't burn or destroy targets, they just knock them over (though if he goes for the target's eyes, that's a very bad thing; just ask Shadow Man). They can also be used to carry people around, as he did with Snow White and Shadow Man.
  • The Fashionista: Blossom.
    Thunderella: He was sooo terrible!
    Blossom: Unbelievable, my dear! He was wearing last year's cape!
  • Faux Affably Evil: Maliss when he sneers that Snow White seems cold before throwing his petrifying cape at her.
  • Feminist Fantasy: Snow White is out to save her prince and the dwarves have been replaced by dwarfelles. There's also an additional "empowerment" element for little girls watching the movie, as Thunderella, the youngest of the Dwarfelles, does finally manage to "get it right" regarding her powers and is primarily the one responsible for the villain's defeat.
  • Field Power Effect: Mother Nature and, by extension, the dwarfelles cannot use their powers in the Realm of Doom. But Mother Nature can kick Maliss' ass any day if he's outside it.
  • 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: "The Baddest".
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Sunburn, unsurprisingly.
  • 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' final fate is becoming petrified by his own 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 door.
  • "I Want" Song: "Thunderella's Song", about Thunderella wanting to have control over her powers like the rest of the dwarfelles.
  • 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".
    • Scowl himself definitely counts, boasting of how bad he is and yet does more to hinder Maliss' pursuit of Snow White than he does to help it, to the point where Maliss himself hopes to roast him purely for his own amusement.
  • 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 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.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Critterina, who in keeping with her name and position is clearly anthropomorphic to some degree compared to the rest of her fellow Dwarfelles.
  • No Song for the Wicked: Lord Maliss does not get a musical number and he's certainly a lot more threatening than his funny minion Scowl, who does. Then again, would you want to see Maliss rap?
  • 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.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The Mirror neglects to inform Maliss that his sister's death wasn't Snow White or the Prince's fault. The plot might not have happened otherwise.
  • 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.
  • Refrain from Assuming:
    • "Thunderella's Song" is a to-the-point but forgettable title, leading a lot of people to think its actual title is "Get It Right", the phrase that concludes the song's refrain.
    • Scowl's rap is variably called "He's Bad", "I'm Bad" or "Bad". Its actual title is "The Baddest", an expression that never crops up in the song.
  • 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.
  • Stealth Pun: "Seven dwarfelles I hadn't counted on!" Damn right, because if Maliss HAD counted them, he'd realize one was still loose, and that one turns out to be his downfall.
  • 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.
  • Tempting Fate: "With the evil queen gone, who would harm us?" - the Prince to Snow White seconds before they're attacked by Maliss.
  • Title Drop: The last line of the movie is the prince asking Snow White, "Are you ready to live happily ever after?"
  • True Blue Femininity: Snow White, Marina, and Moonbeam.
  • Tsundere: Sunburn.
  • The Unintelligible: The Shadow Man, though the occasional "No!" can clearly be made out among his attempts at speech.
  • Unwilling Suspension: Maliss punishes Scowl by tying him up and hanging him over a boiling cauldron.
  • Villain Song: "The Baddest". More like Mook song, though, since it's sung by Scowl.
  • Walk into Mordor: One DOES simply walk into the dark, dreary, dangerous Realm of Doom.
  • Watch Out for That Tree!: Scowl runs into a tree while helping Maliss chase Snow White.
  • 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.