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Cinderella III: A Twist in Time

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
5 out of 10
Extras Rating:
6 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: G

Starring:
Christopher Daniel Barnes as Prince (Voice)
Susan Blakeslee as Stepmother (Voice)
Corey Burton as Gus (Voice)
Jennifer Hale as Cinderella (voice)
Tress MacNeille as Anastasia (Voice)
Lesli Margherita as Voice
Rob Paulsen as (Voice)
Andre Stojka as King (Voice)
Ross Taylor as Additional Voices
Russ Taylor as Drizella (Voice)
Frank Welker as Lucifer (Voice)

Special Features:
Bibbidi-Bobbidi Choose Game -- Grab The Fairy Godmother's Wand, and Make Some Magic of Your Own
Cinderella's Ballroom (DVD-ROM) -- Dance to the Princess Jukebox, Choreograph Your Own Ballroom Dances -- Even Use Your Own Phone Photos to Turn Yourself Into a Princess
"I Still Believe" Music Video Performed By Hayden Panettierre
Backstage at Disney Cruise Line's "Twice Charmed" -- Go Behind the Scenes to See the Making of "Twice Charmed," Disney Cruise Line's Original Twist on Cinderella
First Look at the New DVD, "Disney Princess Enchanted Tales"

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound French Language
French and Spanish Language
Running Time: 74 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

"What if the slipper didn't fit? Experience the wonder and the majesty of Cinderella's classic fairy tale with a spectacular twist in Disney's all-new motion picture 'Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.' When her evil stepmother gets hold of the Fairy Godmother's magic wand and turns back the hands of time, Cinderella must try to find Prince Charming and break through the evil spell. Gus, Jaq and all your favorite characters return in an exciting and hilarious new take on one of the most celebrated films of all time. Bursting with show-stopping music and more magic, wonder and suspense than the original, 'Cinderella III' is enchanting entertainment for the entire family."

"Cinderella III: A Twist in Time" is rated G.

Mini-Review:
When "Cinderella III" arrived at my house, I popped it in the player for my kids and sat them in front of the TV. They thoroughly enjoyed it. They were entranced by Cinderella, amused by the mice, and scared by the wicked stepmother. It was the very thing the Disney creators intended the film to be. I wasn't quite as impressed.

The animation looked pretty good for a straight to DVD Disney feature and the characters were faithful to their previous incarnations, but it was the story I had a problem with. In it, the wicked stepmother turns back time and makes it so that the ending of the classic Cinderella movie never happened. That wouldn't have been so bad if, at the end, they went and set everything back the way it was, but that wasn't the case. By the end of the film this new re-written Cinderella history is the new 'canon'. Cinderella never put on the glass slipper, married the Prince, and lived happily ever after. This sequel is the new ending. That seems like a real disservice to the classic Cinderella film. It's like saying Dorothy never went to Oz, Snow White never met the Dwarves, or Rhett never met Scarlett. To make matters even worse, this new Cinderella story is just a rehash of the first film. Cinderella must foil the stepmother's plans (with the help of the mice) in order to win the heart of the Prince. If they had done something a little new, it might have been a bit more interesting.

But, all that being said, kids are still going to love "Cinderella III."

The bonus features are good enough for kids, but anyone interested in the actual making of the movie will be disappointed. There's nothing here covering the creation of "Cinderella III." There are two games – the Bibbidi-Bobbidi Choose Game and Cinderella's Ballroom (which is a DVD-ROM feature). There's also a look at a new stage production that will be exclusively on Disney Cruises. It's "Twice Charmed" and is a sequel to Cinderella. It features elaborate sets, new characters, and new songs. Fans of Disney stage plays will definitely want to see it. There's also a sneak preview of "Disney Princess Enchanted Tales." It's just more animated stories with the Disney Princesses. But the most notable bonus feature for me was the music video. It's "I Still Believe" performed by Hayden Panettierre. You probably know her as the cheerleader from the TV series "Heroes." I've gotta say I was shocked to see her singing as a Disney pop princess.

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