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Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
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Mar 20, 2007 By: Quigles
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time order
Director:
Frank Nissen

Actors:
Jennifer Hale
Christopher Daniel Barnes
Susan Blakeslee

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Cinderella's wicked stepmother gets ahold of the Fairy Godmother's wand and turns back the clock. This time though, she uses the wand's magic to put things in her favor. It's up to Cinderella to ensure she gets the "happily ever after" ending she so rightfully deserves.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Obviously nobody is going to mistake this straight-to-DVD Disney sequel (yes, another one) as being better than the original, but for what it is, it's a pretty decent kid flick. The story is relatively creative, the animation looks good, and the running time is short enough to keep any little girl's eyes firmly locked on the TV screen. In other words, it's exactly what any parent needing some time away from the kids could ask for. And it won't even insult their intelligence in the process - how about that?

Unlike the original CINDERELLA, this sequel adds some actual depth to the characters. The prince has a personality, one of the evil stepsisters evolves as a person, and Cinderella uses her wit and strength to take charge of her fate. I know the original is an adored classic and all, but it wasn't exactly a deep movie. I wouldn't go as far as to say this movie changes that, but at least the filmmakers tried to add something to the previously one-dimensional characters. There are also some clever touches added to the script, specifically one scene that had the prince uttering valiantly, "The talking mice told me it's the wrong girl!" Stuff like that had me in stitches.

On the downside, the movie's noticeably lacking in the plot department (especially for a feature-length production). The entire final third of the film feels like an awkward attempt to pad out the running time, despite the fact that everything could've been wrapped up in about 30 minutes. Fortunately though, the final third of the film is also the most entertaining, so that more than makes up for how forced everything starts to feel. What the movie doesn't recover from though, is the poor musical numbers. Anytime the characters started to sing, I cringed. The younguns probably won't even notice how lousy they are (especially in comparison to the original), but any self-respecting adult definitely will.
THE EXTRAS
Nothing of interest here - just some ads in disguise as featurettes and a dumb game that'll distract your kid for about 5 minutes.

Backstage Disney: Disney Cruise Lines Twice Charmed (5:00) Overlong commercialistic crap. Skip it.

First Look - Disney Princess Enchanted Tales (2:47): An overlong trailer. Skip it.

Also included are 7 Sneak Peeks, a Music Video entitled "I Still Believe" (performed by Hayden Panettiere), and Bibbidi-Bobbidi Game - an interactive matching game.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I hate to support Disney's constant raping of childhood classics, but if they keep producing more stuff like this, maybe it won't be so bad. I highly doubt people will confuse CINDERELLA III as being a classic, but it will make for an entertaining diversion for the kids. With all the other rubbish being spoon-fed to youths today, you could certainly do a lot worse.
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