Christopher Daniel Barnes
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.
Backstage Disney: Disney Cruise Line’s “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.