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Cinderella III – A Twist in Time


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: C+



Bibbidi…Bobbidi…Boo!  And like magic, Disney has produced yet another interesting straight to DVD sequel of a classic tale.  The last two sequels Disney released straight to DVD (The Fox and the Hound 2 and Air Buddies) were mildly entertaining and obviously targeted a much younger audience.  Where in the past Disney feature films could be enjoyed by people of all ages, it seems the recent straight to DVD releases are somewhat lack luster for adults.  Disney now focusing on CGI animation techniques with its Pixar cohorts has left some of the old fashion, paper and pencil styles back in the old vault seemingly.  Nevertheless, Cinderella III does shape up to be one of the better straight to DVD sequels in recent Disney history, taking an interesting spin on the classic tale, much like Lion King 1 ½.  Putting the ‘What if?’ into classic stories has been very profitable lately, such as with the book and musical Wicked. Cinderella III picks up where Cinderella II left off.  For those fans that missed


Cinderella II, no worries, the story mainly centered on the wedding of the slipper toting bride and her charming prince.  Cinderella III starts a few months after those magical festivities, where Cinderella’s two ugly step sisters and evil step mother live strangely close to the castle in a small cottage in the nearby woods.  The former captors of Cinderella are very disgruntled about their less than extravagant living situation, and will do anything to climb the societal rankings.  In a bout of what can only be considered stupidity, Cinderella’s fairy Godmother loses her magic wand, only for it to fall into the hands of Cinderella’s evil stepmother.  From this moment the evil stepmother sets out to ruin Cinderella’s happily ever after.


The story is just detailed enough, the voice acting is good, and the music is adequate but forgettable.  Disney seems to be getting better at this straight to DVD productions, and soon we may see true inspiration arise in this format.  The story taking a bit of a dark twist is refreshing from the normal fluffy, warm, feel good animation that has become pointless and lacks depth.


The DVD presentation is quite good with few major problems.  The picture is presented in 1.78 X 1 anamorphic Widescreen enhanced for 16 X 9 televisions.  The picture quality is clear and color balanced, but the problem remains in the animation being too clean.  With the advent of computers we have seen the loss of old techniques, which in turn leaves the picture quality lacking a certain depth and grittiness that is necessary to truly embrace the art.  The sound is clean with a balanced voice and music quality in its DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound, sounding better than a lot of DVDs recently released but not perfect.  This reviewer has always complimented Disney on having great bonus features, but this release was lacking to a degree only containing a Music Video, a less than impressive Game, and a few more features that don’t hold too much interest.


In the end, a great movie for the kids that adults won’t find too disappointing either.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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