DisneyToons review: Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time

DisneyToon's 27th film.
DisneyToon’s 37th film.

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My opinion right after watching the film

My opinion right after watching the film is that I enjoyed it just as much as I did when it came out. While there are some questionable aspects to the magical element in the film, but I like how self-aware the film is about the franchise.

Production

This film was produced around the time where John Lasseter got promoted in his position at Disney, so they were slowly shutting down many of the DisneyToon studios. Disney Australia was closed down and auctioned off after production completed in the summer of 2006. Many of the studios DisneyToons used were starting to close down.

Story

The story starts with Cinderella (Jennifer Hale) and Prince Charming (Christopher Daniel Barnes) having their one-year anniversary, while Lady Tremaine (Susan Blakeslee), Drizella (Russi Taylor), and Anastasia (Tress MacNeille) are miserable in their current state.

So while The Fairy Godmother () is trying to make their anniversary a special moment, she loses her wand, and it ends up in the hands of Anastacia, who accidentally turns the Godmother to stone. After finding out the magical words, Lady Tremaine comes up with an evil plan to turn their fate around. She rewinds time to the moment where they knock down her house for the shoe. My issue with this is that if they rewinded an entire year, they should not remember all that they do about a year that they erased from history. It's convenient for the plot I guess.
So while The Fairy Godmother (Russi Taylor) is trying to make their anniversary a special moment, she loses her wand, and it ends up in the hands of Anastacia, who accidentally turns the Godmother to stone. After finding out the magical words, Lady Tremaine comes up with an evil plan to turn their fate around. She rewinds time to the moment where they knock down her house for the shoe. My issue with this is that if they did rewind an entire year, they should not remember all that they do about a year that they erased from history. It’s convenient for the plot I guess.

She makes the shoe fit when the Duke (Rob Paulsen) tries to put it on her huge foot. Cinderella breaks out after the shoe fits her stepsister, and Lady Tremaine handles it like a boss. She knocks the slipper she had to the floor, and threatens Cinderella to back the hell back, while holding her cane to Cinderella’s chin. Cinderella sings about how her happiness was taken from her, and she is going to fight for it. I guess that’s good.

Back at the palace, Prince Charming is dueling his father (Andre Stojka), and is lovestruck about the events of last night. His father tells him that he knows when true love has approached him when you touch the other’s hand. We learn a bit about The King’s deceased wife throughout the film, which gives them more character.

Prince Charming is told that his soon-to-be-wife has arrived, and is happy until he sees Anastacia. He instantly knows that she is not the one, and politely tries to escort them out of the room. As he is about to leave Lady TYremaine puts a spell on him to think Anastacia is the girl. The wedding is set for that night. While this is happening, Cinderella sneaks into the castle by pretending to be a mouse catcher -_-. They could not come up with anything better?
Prince Charming is told that his soon-to-be-wife has arrived, and is happy until he sees Anastasia. He instantly knows that she is not the one, and politely tries to escort them out of the room. As he is about to leave Lady Tremaine puts a spell on him to think Anastasia is the girl. The wedding is set for that night. While this is happening, Cinderella sneaks into the castle by pretending to be a mouse catcher -_-. They could not come up with anything better?

The rats Gus (Corey Burton) and Jaq (Rob Paulsen) soon tell Cinderella through acting that Lady Tremaine has access of the wand, and cast a spell to have Prince Charming love Anastasia and to forget about her. The Tremaines are shown the bakery for the wedding, and are asked by The Duke to try it out, but the sisters end up fighting, and ruin the bakery.

Charming and Anastasia start to dance, and she screws it up. After he touches her hand, Charming starts to realize that she is not the girl.

the King takes Anastasia up to his wife's dedication room to talk about how she reminds him of his dead wife by looks, and her horrible dancing. He gives her a shell that signifies his relatoinship with his wife, and that everyone deserves true love. It is nice to get this background on them, though it shows that the King really took a turn for the worse. He was so volatile in the original, and had no care about his son's well-being, other than getting a wife.
the King takes Anastasia up to his wife’s dedication room to talk about how she reminds him of his dead wife by looks, and her horrible dancing. He gives her a shell that signifies his relationship with his wife, and that everyone deserves true love. It is nice to get this background on them, though it shows that the King really took a turn for the worse. He was so volatile in the original, and had no care about his son’s well-being, other than getting a wife.

Cinderella looks through a peephole to see where Lady Tremaine put the key (the peephole is really small, and she can see the entire room), and to get the key, she disguises as a maid to clean the room. Lady Tremaine instantly knows it is her and exposes her, before calling the guards to arrest and banish Cinderella for thievery. I do not see how the Tremaines would have that much power yet to have all the guards go after this one woman. Anyways, the mouse help her run with the wand, but she is caught right after touching Charming’s hand, and Lady Tremaine retrieves the wand.

With Cinderella gone, the mice (and birds) force Charming into the room, so the former animals can explain to him (through acting again) that he was cursed, and that Cinderella was really the girl. His memories and heart are too powerful for Lady Tremaine’s spell, and he goes to the boat to retrieve Cinderella. After explaining everything to his father upon returning, the King orders the guards to arrest the Tremaines, but they are ahead of him, and disappear via magic.

While Cinderella is preparing for her wedding, Lady Tremaine, and Anastasia (disguised as Cinderella) go through with their plan, and magically puts Cinderella in another pumpkin, which is driven by a human Lucifer. With the help of her mice, she manages to escape, and makes it to the wedding right after Anastasia says she cannot marry him. Lady Tremaine appears at the wedding, and goes off on her for being an ungrateful brat. The King calls the guards to seize her, but she casts a bunch of spells, and is about to turn both Cinderella and Anastasia into frogs, only for Charming to block it with his sword, and hits Drizella and herself instead.

Long story short, Anastasia fixes everything by reforming the Fairy Godmother, reforming herself in her normal appearance, and giving back the wand. The Godmother is ashamed that she let this all happened, and asks the couple if they want to restore their old loves, but they don’t care, so things are left the same. Cinderella and Charming finally marry, and the two Tremaines end up as maids. Having them as maids is horrible, because I am sure they will try to poison and kill Cinderella. Kind of a weak punishment, but eh.

I did notice quite a bit of plotholes, and despite it being a movie that really did not need to exist, it told a strong enough story. We saw a lot more of Charming, both him and Cinderella have to fight for their happily ever after, the King and Anastasia are more humanized, and Lady Tremaine is at her very best here. There is something that you will like about the film. It is guaranteed.
I did notice quite a bit of plotholes, and despite it being a movie that really did not need to exist, it told a strong enough story. We saw a lot more of Charming, both him and Cinderella have to fight for their happily ever after, the King and Anastasia are more humanized, and Lady Tremaine is at her very best here. There is something that you will like about the film. It is guaranteed.

Characters

The characters in the film are for the most part improved from the counterparts in the first film. Not too much change, but small improvements made it easier to invest in the film.

Cinderella
Honestly, Cinderella is pretty much the same character, but she actually has to fight for her happy ending. Some may see this as a bad thing, but there was not much to her character in the first film that made her do much of substance. The focus was on her instead of the mice for most of the film.
Lady Tremaine
Lady Tremaine is a bad mother f*****. I cannot get enough of her. Seeing her without magic was good enough, but to see how she handled everything in the film is perfect, and puts her at the higher-end of the Villains in Disney, which is rightfully deserved.
Charming
He reminds me a lot of Prince Eric, which makes sense, since they are voiced by the same man. We see Charming take up some activities, obsessed with finding the one girl, and given something to do. He is not the most interesting, but had some humor and it was nice for him to do something.
Stepsisters
Drizella is a bit more snarky, but that is all I can say about her. We all know about Anastasia having a redemption arc, and it is nice. She wants to be loved for herself, and wants to live her own life. Many young people have to go through this.
King
I am SO GLAD that he was not a raging lunatic in this film, and was given some depth as to why he was so adamant about his son getting married. He was a lot more tolerable and more like a human in this film.

Animation

I like that they toned down a bit of the CGI that was very prevalent in the immediate predecessors of the canon. I did notice that there were some character design changes in regard to some of the characters. The colors were very bright and bold, and the shapes used in the film is wonderful to create atmosphere.

Music

There is no specific theme to the soundtrack that I could really pinpoint. I guess they wanted fancy music to focus on the royalty aspect, but the music was just in general really weak and generic at best. I cannot remember a score or a song in the film.

Reception at Release

When the film was released on February 6th, 2007, it seemed to have received mixed reviews (which is a step up).

Reception Today

Many people see this as one of the best (if not the best) film of the canon. There are still many people who do not care for it, or dislike the film still.

Final Score

Story: 6.5/10

Characters: 8/10

Animation: 8/10

Music: 7/10

29.5/40 = 74%

Next time

Review: April 10th, 2016.
Review: April 10th, 2016.
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11 thoughts on “DisneyToons review: Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time

  1. I don’t like the movie….it looses me at the very beginning when it feels the need to make a point about the originally movie which never needed to be made because the original already did it. Not to mention that it wasn’t the prince who went for the “search for her with the shoe” idea, it was the father who wanted to force the prince into marrying someone.

    Also, I don’t think that Ciderella’s character is really improved on. Yeah, she is more of an action girl, but she is a terrible bland action girl.

    1. I do agree with you on the fact that it is pretty redundant and that the message is the same as the original film.

      The characters are weird, because while they have been some changes, their characters are still roughly the same, especially with Cinderella. This movie is not one I would rewatch though.

    1. Cinderella 2 was just so full of crap. I did not know why it needed to exist. This is a huge improvement over the last one, but it is still kind of redundant.

  2. I like this one. Some of the maudlin notes are there and the humor like the food fight scene falls flat but I appreciate they tried to tell a new story. Time travel always has plotholes so they didnt bother me. I liked the action in the end and thought it is a pretty good story. One of my favorite of the sequels. I love Cinderella as a character who I feel is frequently misunderstood. She works hard, is positive and is not rescued by a man. She’s rescued by a woman.

    Anyway only thing about this movie is why doesnt the spells stop at midnight like in original? Ha.

    1. I never even realized that the spell does not stop at midnight. The humor was definitely nothing to ride home about, that I will agree with.

      Cinderella is definitely misunderstood as a character, and it is a shame. Overall, it is a harmless film.

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