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(2007), PG ["Lite" 13-PG*] (1hr 15min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
January 4, 2007
65 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2007), PG ["Lite" 13-PG*] -- ...the evil stepmother n'ever looked like this.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): BFC Berliner Film Companie, Vanguard Films, BAF Berlin Animation Film
Distribution (US): Lions Gate Films, Lionsgate
Director(s): Paul J. Bolger
Producer(s): Stefan Beiten, Louise Goodsill, Chad Hammes, Michael Hefferon, Ralph Kamp, Andre Sikojev, Rainer Söhnlein, Nikolaus Weil, John H. Williams, Charlie Woebcken
Written by: Robert Moreland
Cinematography/Camera: David Dulac
Music: Paul Buckley
Film Editing: Ringo Waldenburger
Casting: Jack Fletcher, Ruth Lambert
Art Direction: Deane Taylor
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Another sign of the times. Specifically, lowering of the threshold of acceptability regarding exposure of the "unpresentable" parts, i.e., the private parts. [1Cor. 12:23 - 24] And to yet a younger audience.

Frieda (voice of Sigourney Weaver), the evil stepmother n'ever looked like this in any of the other adaptations of the Cinderella story. At all times there was so much of her bosoms squeezing out that there was a constant apprehension of them falling out of her dress. This plus a sensual flair to her movements made for a clear intent of the filmmakers to sexualize this character. G-o-o-o-d children's programming! And as evil as the stepmother was in other adaptations none have been as evil as this one.

Cinderella, a.k.a., Ella (voice of Sarah Michelle Gellar) is invited to the grand ball hosted by the handsome yet dense Prince Humperdink (voice of Patrick Warburton). Four invitations arrive. One for Empress of Evil Frieda. One each for her two daughters, And a fourth. For whom? It is left to logic that it is for Ella. Frieda tries her best to keep Cinderella's invitation from her but instead did as her predecessors did -- assigned an impossibly long list of tasks to complete before she may attend the ball.

The story is the same with a few additions such as including many villains from other fairy tale to add to the barriers preventing Ella from finding happiness. Rick (voice Freddie Prinze, Jr.) is also new. He is the butler, cook, servant, etc, for the handsome Prince Humperdink. Rick is also secretly in love with Ella.

The rest of the plot is fairly much fill-in-the-blank regarding a love triangle with the "underdogs" in love with each other, combating the hateful attempts of the powers that be to keep them apart.

Part of the powers that be in this 2007 adaptation of the Cinderella story is the inclusion of much more evil magic to control and do harm to others. While the fairly godmother in the original Disney version could very well have been an angel by the things she did, this 2007 adaptation presents her as an addle-brained goofus without a wise bone in her body who by hit-n-miss deck Cinderella with the ball-worthy garb ... that smells like pumpkin.

Also in this 2007 adaptation a wizard (voice of George Carlin) is able to control the balance between good and evil in all fairy tales in fantasy land. That by tipping a set of scales, the outcome of the story could be manipulated as well as the lives of the characters. That is Frieda's goal -- to control the scales and thus the "world" of fairy tales.

The wizard had things well under control until one day he decided to take a vacation to Scotland, leaving his two dwarves, Munk (voice of Wallace Shawn) and Mambo (voice of Andy Dick), to run things during his absence. That was a poor choice which gave Frieda her opportunity to get what she is after.

There is, of course, much more I could tell you about this film but there is little advantage of doing so since this report is so late due to financial shortages. It is already winding down at the local theater and will not be shown but one more day. However, this report is still useful for parents who wait for a film to make it do video and for overseas users who typically do not get what is released in the US for a few months. At any rate, let me get to the heart of this service -- to tell parents, grandparents, pastors, youth leaders and others about the content of the film so they might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision about its content. Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
This film is rather harshly violent in some ways, particularly in the use of evil magic to control others or do harm to them. Yes, it is all fantasy, but remember folks, a bad influence does not have to be real to influence badly. One character is killed by squashing. Another is eaten. Action violence is, at times, somewhat intense. [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I)
While there wee no uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary noted, there were two uses of euphemisms of them. [Prov. 22:11] And being a "kid's show" Hollywood inserted the obligatory flatulence if only once. [Eph. 5:4] One of the most disturbing influences was the hatred of the good. When such behavior is presented to they who are already of the "it's cool to be bad"(1) age, the result of such influence can be shaping of coping skills and behavior management. And familial brutality was certainly more extreme than in the original version of the Cinderella story. [Matt. 12:25]

Sexual Immorality (S)
Frieda's outfit was most certainly dressing to maximize the female form. Though she was apparently wearing some sort of "leotard" fabric over her bosoms, there was no room for doubt since it was as tight and revealing as body paint. [Eph. 5:5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
No uses of any form of drugs and/or alcohol were noted in the entire 75 minutes of this film nor wee there any abuses of prescription drugs noted.

Offense to God (O)
Happily N'Ever After lost a full two-thirds of the starting 100 points in Offense to God due to the use of evil magic to control others and to do harm to them. Other uses of evil magic included transporting, shape-shifting and using magic to control the balance between good and evil, as if there must be a balance between them.

Murder/Suicide (M)
There were deaths in this film but they were incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.


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  • 1Cor. 12:23 - 24 and the [body] parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment....
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/characters demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Matt. 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
  • Eph. 5:5 For of this you can be sure: No [unforgiven] immoral, impure or greedy person -such a man [or woman] is an idolater -has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
    (1) Karan Omidvari at St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark reveals that "impressionable adolescents" (she was speaking of teenagers) are at the age when its good to be "bad."

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Happliy N'Ever After (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • fantasy violence, repeatedly
  • theft to manipulate
  • animated death by squashing and by being eaten
  • kidnapping
  • action violence of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • threat to kill

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • two euphemisms of three/four letter words
  • flatulence
  • hatred of the good

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • animated dressing to maximize the female anatomy, repeatedly
  • animated excessive cleavage, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • wizard control of good and evil
  • magic to maintain the balance of good and evil
  • evil magic to control others and do them harm, frequent
  • shape-shifting
  • transporting by magic

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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