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Western Animation / Happily N'Ever After

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Happily N'Ever After is a 2007 independent German animated film set in a troperiffic fairy tale land. Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother gains control of the land's magic and uses it to cause all the fairy tales to have unhappy endings.

Critical reception to it was wildly unkind, but it's since picked up a minor cult following, enough to earn a Direct to Video sequel, Snow White, Another Bite @ The Apple.

Happily N'Ever After provides examples of:

Happily N'Ever After 2 provides examples of:

  • Art Evolution: Inverted. The animation is much worse, on par with or worse than fellow sequel Space Chimps 2, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future and the early Transformers: Generation 2 commercials.
  • Ascended Extra: The 7 Dwarfs. They appeared in a scene in the first film.
  • Bishōnen Line: The Wicked Stepmother of this movie starts out ugly and is turned beautiful.
  • Continuity Nod/The Cameo: A portrait of Ella and Rick from the first movie appears on the wall in the Fairy Godmother's office.
  • Dance Party Ending: The song even has "dance party" in the lyrics.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Lady Vain tries to kill Snow White for being more humble than before, to illustrate, Snow White was actually okay with her marriage as long as her dad was okay with it. Lady Vain basically threw away her chance to rule for her own pettiness.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: In Happily N'Ever After, Rumpelstiltskin starts out evil and later turns good. In the sequel he's back to being evil, with no explanation given. 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.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Queen Grace suffered from a violent coughing fit not too long before her death.
  • Identical Stranger: Lady Vain looks remarkably similar to Queen Grace aside from her nose, so she uses the Magic Mirror to turn herself into a carbon copy of the late queen so she can court the king.
  • Lack of Empathy: When everyone else in the kingdom was mourning Queen Grace's death, Lady Vain was openly smiling, since it would mean someone else would get to be queen.
  • Meaningful Name: Lady Vain is, predictably, selfish and obsessed with her appearance.
  • Unexplained Accent: In the English dub, the seven dwarves have Scottish accents, despite being German.
  • Villain Ball: Lady Vain was going to become queen, even Snow White, who had gotten past her own selfishness, was going to allow the marriage, but then she just had to decide to kill her.
  • Walk Through the Camera: A scene where a group of trolls begin walking toward a light shining at the castle. A pink one walks into the camera and walks back out.