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Happily Ever After was an unofficial sequel to Disney's Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, produced in 1988 and released in 1993 by Filmation. As the studio had actually gone under in 1989, the movie was also Filmation's last project. As with most Filmation productions, it featured low budget animation and a typical high fantasy/adventure setting, though to get away from the Disney setting, it took some serious plot detours.
The movie opens literally as the previous story ends with Snow White and The Prince are off to go get married after the death of the wicked Queen. Unfortunately, just as this is taking place, the Wicked Queen's brother Lord Maliss pays a visit at his sister's home and gets caught up on the state of events. Naturally, he vows revenge on Snow White. He kidnaps the Prince but loses Snow White. She ends up back at the house of the seven Dwarfs, who are actually absent for the film as instead their cousins, the seven elementally powered dwarfelles have moved in. This leads to one big girl posse chasing down Lord Maliss to rescue The Prince. Along the way, they are followed by a hooded individual named the Shadow Man.
As you might be able to tell from the plot summary, the film takes more than a few liberties with the fairy tale's setting.
The movie was critically panned upon its release due to its rather cliche story and the low quality of the animation. Despite bombing hard at the box office, the film did manage to develop a cult following on VHS.
- Action Girl: This Snow White has quite a bit more spine than other incarnations; many people regard this as one of the few good qualities of the movie.
- An Aesop: Smoking is evil, mmm'kay?
- Artistic License Biology: Scowl, who's male, lays an egg.
- Avenging the Villain: Maliss's motive.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The mousy Thunderella finally learns to control her powers at the film's climax and pretty much torches Maliss herself.
- Big Damn Heroes: The dwarvelles near the climax of the film. Especially Thunderella.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Scowl and Batso.
- Bunny Ears Lawyer: Mother Nature, despite a tendency to blunder her experiments badly (and dancing like a hippie slut), is the most Badass character around.
Snow White: THAT'S Mother Nature?!
- Butt Monkey: Scowl. Sunburn to a lesser extent.
- Call a Smeerp a Rabbit: Snow White calling Maliss' dragon form a 'bird'.
- The Cassandra: Shadow Man, at first.
- Catch Phrase: Sunburn's "X burns me up!"
- Covers Always Lie: The dwarfelles are way bigger than the cover suggests. Plus, they made Shadow Man appear to be the Big Bad of the movie.
- Darker and Edgier: Tried, at least.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Shadow Man?
- Disney Death: Shadow Man and six dwarfelles.
- Distressed Dude: The thrust of the film's plot is the heroes storming Lord Maliss' castle to rescue the Prince. Of course, since he's been turned into the Shadow Man, he's actually loose for most of the film.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: Lord Maliss rules the Realm of DOOM--oom--oom--oom--oommmm....
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Elemental Powers: Five of the dwarfelles; the other two are more unorthodox. You can guess their powers just by looking at their names: Sunburn, Muddy, Blossom, Marina, Thunderella. Then there is Critterina, who can command animals, and Moonbeam, who, well, controls the moon.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Prince.
- Expy: The Shadow Man looks like an older version of Orko.
- The Prince also looks a bit like a less buff version of Prince Adam. Ironically, they're both the same guy.
- Eye Beams: Again, Maliss.
- The Fashionista: Blossom.
Thunderella: He was sooo terrible!
Blossom: Unbelievable my dear! He was wearing last year's cape!
- Five-Man Band: The Dwarfelles can fall into this:
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Snow White and the dwarfelles with tangible personalities. Snow White is melancholic, Thunderella is phlegmatic, Sunburn is choleric and Muddy is sanguine.
- Heel Face Turn: Scowl and Batso.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Lord Maliss and his cloak.
- "I Want" Song: "Get It Right".
- Incoming Ham: "WWWWWWWWWWWHAAAT'S GOING ON HEEEEEERE?!!"
- Large Ham: Maliss. Malcolm McDowell, people.
- Limited Animation: Hoho, of course.
- Loving a Shadow: Snow White ends up falling for Shadow Man hard. Aaaawkward...
- Minion with an F In Evil: Batso and his inability to grasp the concept of "being bad".
- Mix and Match Creatures: Rhino-wolves! And the creatures spawned by Mother Nature.
- Mythology Gag: Igor from Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night appears very briefly in Mother Nature's garden.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Scowl gets in the way of Maliss chasing Snow White, thus letting her escape. The prince still gets screwed.
- Then there's the scene near the end. Let's just say they unintentionally help the dwarfelles storm the castle.
- No Indoor Voice: Maliss, a lot.
- Owl Be Damned: Scowl the owl. Although for all his boasting about how "bad" he is, he's pretty incompetent.
- Panty Shot: Done a lot with Thunderella, for some unknown reason.
- Power Incontinence: Thunderella's main gripe.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Snow White.
- Scaled Up: Maliss' favored mode of transportation and attack is to turn into a red dragon, and unlike most examples, it was actually pretty effective up until Scowl interfered.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Mother Nature is prone to this.
- Shapeshifter Swan Song: What happens when Maliss dies. First he turns into his dragon form and then, before he turns into stone underneath the cloak's effects, turns into a dragon with his human face.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Scowl and Batso have no involvement whatsoever in the climax of the film. Unless you count letting the Dwarfelles in accidentally as being involved.
- Storming the Castle
- Surrounded by Idiots: The goons that the Wicked Queen has left to Lord Maliss (who seem, by the way, suspiciously similar to the ones who worked for Maleficent) are even more bumbling than the dwarfelles -- particularly Scowl.
- Taken for Granite: Maliss' Nightmare Fuel-inducing cloak at the climax of the film.
- Talking to Himself: Critterina and Marina, Moonbeam and Thunderella.
- Tsundere: Sunburn.
- Villain Song: "Bad". More like Mook song, though.
- Walk Into Mordor: Averted. One DOES simply walk into the dark, dreary, dangerous Realm of Doom.
- You Monster!: Spoken by Snow White to Maliss after the latter turns the dwarfelles to stone and kills The Shadow Man.