Big question: Can "Happily N'Ever After" find added hilarity in material already explored in "Shrek" (which came from one of the same producers)?
Catch it: If you think the stiff, unfunny Prinze Jr. is perfect to play a poorly drawn animated figure. He is, indeed, as wooden as Pinocchio!
Bottom line: It's fitting and a little ironic that a movie about the same stories being perpetuated has no imagination of its own. The sound mix and performances don't even seem finished, and in terms of lasting, satisfying flavor, "Happily N'Ever After" falls somewhere between cardboard and tofu.
Bonus: Though we don't get to see this actually happen in the movie (it's only mentioned), we enjoy the thought of giving Rapunzel a mullet. Sounds like a dream date for Larry the Cable Guy!
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
'Happily N'Ever After'
Directed by Paul J. Bolger; additional directing by Yvette Kaplan; written by Rob Moreland; additional writing by Doug Langdale; photographed by David Dulac; edited by Ringo Hess; production designed by Deane Taylor; music by Paul Buckley; produced by John H. Williams. A Lionsgate release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:25. MPAA rating: PG (for some mild action and rude humor).
Ella - Sarah Michelle Gellar
Rick - Freddie Prinze Jr.
Frieda - Sigourney Weaver
Mambo - Andy Dick
Munk - Wallace Shawn
Prince Humperdink - Patrick Warburton
The Wizard - George Carlin