Cinderella II: Dreams Come True is the first direct-to-video film sequel to the 1950 Disney film Cinderella. It was made in 2001 and released on February 26, 2002. It was followed by Cinderella III: A Twist in Time in 2007. It consists of three segments featuring Cinderella planning a party, Jaq the mouse being turned into a human and living as Cinderella's page boy, and one of Cinderella's brutal stepsisters (Anastasia, the younger redheaded one in a pink dress) reaching her redemption through falling in love with a young baker, a low-class man of whom Lady Tremaine and Drizella do not approve. Estimated to cost $5 million to produce, Dreams Come True was Disney's top selling animated sequel that year, grossing approximately $120 million in direct-to-DVD sales.
The movie begins with the Disney logo fading into its animated counterpart giving the viewer the sense of an actual film. Inside, Cinderella's mice friends Gus and Jaq race to a chamber where the Fairy Godmother is reading the story of Cinderella to the other mice. Much to their disappointment, Gus and Jaq arrive just as the Fairy Godmother reads that "Cinderella and the Prince lived Happily Ever After".
With the Fairy Godmother's help, the mice set off to make a new book to narrate what happens after the Happily Ever After, by stringing three segments of stories together into one narrative.
Aim to Please
(Cinderella's story) Cinderella is put in charge of the palace banquets and parties, but realizes she doesn't agree with the way they are usually run, led by a sharp and sobbish woman named Prudence, who takes her from her husband and stepmother Lady Tremaine and stepsisters Drizella and Anastasia (although the stepfamily are only seen in the An Uncommon Romance segment). With the help of other characters, Cinderella convinces everyone in the palace that everyone in the kingdom, including the peasants, should be allowed to participate in the next royal banquet and not everything has to agree with traditional ways.
The mice add Cinderella's story of her first day in the castle to the book as Jaq gets some magical help from the Fairy Godmother opening a bottle of ink. Proclaiming that he doesn't like ("even a little [of]") "that magic stuff," Gus reminds him of his last encounter with it. Looking to impress a female mouse Jaq allows the Fairy Godmother to tell his story.
(Jaq's story) One of Cinderella mouse friends, Jaq, thinks he's too small to help Cinderella in the palace like he did in the first movie. The Fairy Godmother shows up to help him out, and turns him into a human so he can help out like everyone else. However, this does not stop Pom-Pom, the palace's snobby cat (who became the mice's new nemesis as soon as they moved to the palace along with Cinderella and becomes Lucifer's crush in the third segment) from chasing Jaq around (Pom-Pom thought Jaq in human form was worth approximately ten mice). Mistakenly taken for "Sir Hugh", after an incident with an elephant at a fair, he learns to be happy for who he is. It is also made evident that Jaq is in love with another mouse named Mary and that Pom-Pom belongs to the same woman who was terrified of Jaq.
In a magic mishap, one of the mice spills magic dust onto the art supplies causing them to become animated. The supplies begin to wreak havoc on the nearly completed book until the Fairy Godmother puts a stop to it. As the mice survey the mess they reminisce how they've seen worse and Jaq tells them of the time Anastasia fell in love.
An Uncommon Romance
(Anastasia's story) Anastasia, Cinderella's younger stepsister, falls in love with a common baker, which her mother and older sister Drizella aren't too happy with. Her mother and Drizella still want her to marry a rich man, and convince her to forget about the baker and say that everything in the baker's shop is inferior; thus, Anastasia has to go against her mother for the first time. At the same time, Lucifer (who was believed to have died at the first film's end) starts chasing Cinderella's mice and Anastasia is kicked by a horse when she and the baker meet, causing her to be left in rags by getting bread all over herself and breaks in tears when she crashes into the baker's shop. However, Cinderella finds out about Anastasia's feelings and tries to push her and the baker together. During the process, Lucifer enters the palace and continues to chase Cinderella's mice, but during the chase, he falls in love with Pom Pom despite her disliking him. The mice help their old nemesis Lucifer fall in love with Pom Pom, that is, if Lucifer promises to stop chasing mice. When Lucifer and Pom Pom get together, Pom Pom goads Lucifer into breaking his promise and helping her catch the mice. In the ensuing chase, the mice push a bucket of water on Pom Pom, and she dumps Lucifer out of spite. The baker, meanwhile, asks Anastasia to the upcoming ball, which her mother and Drizella are very unhappy about and Drizella tells her mother that Anastasia's become a disaster, and that she (Drizella) and her mother will become the laughing stock of the entire town. Anastasia stays with the baker and falls in love.
With a sigh, the mice finish their book. They sing a reprise of "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" as they chase after Cinderella in an attempt to give her the book. When they catch up with her, she asks them what it is, and Gus tells her that it is a book about them all. Cinderella thinks it's wonderful, and asks if the mice would like to read it together to which the mice give a resounding "Yes!" They gather in front of the fire and Cinderella begins to read the book, "Once Upon a Time..."
The songs for the film were performed by Brooke Allison, and while a true soundtrack was never released, all the songs were included on the compilation album Disney's Princess Favorites, which was released shortly before the film. None of the characters in the film performed a song for the soundtrack.
While the movie did sell extremely well (surpassing the $120 million mark), critical reception was mainly mixed to negative. Many critics agreed that it looked like pieced together remains of a rejected television series (akin to Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World and Atlantis: Milo's Return). It currently holds a rare 0% approval rating from Top Critics on Rotten Tomatoes, while the User section has a 50% rating. IMDB has a 4.6/10 rating for the film.
- Jennifer Hale as Cinderella
- Christopher Daniel Barnes as Prince Charming
- Rob Paulsen as Jaq/Grand Duke/The Baker/Sir Hugh/Bert/Flower Vendor
- Corey Burton as Gus
- Holland Taylor as Prudence
- Frank Welker as Lucifer/Pom-Pom/Bruno
- Tress MacNeille as Anastasia
- Russi Taylor as Fairy Godmother, Drizella, Mary Mouse, Beatrice and Daphne
- Susanne Blakeslee as Lady Tremaine
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True was released on February 23, 2002. It was then re-released on December 18, 2007 as a special edition DVD. All details were posted at UltimateDisney.com.The film is also included in the October 2012 Cinderella Trilogy.
- Race to the Royal Banquet Game
- Musical Magic Featurette
- Cinderella Storybook
- Cinderella's Enchanted Castle Activity
- "Put It Together" Music Video By: Brooke Allison
- Deleted Scenes
- Because Anastasia and the baker fell in love in the third segment of the film, and at the end of Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Anastasia is just now falling in love with the baker (during the end credits), it looks as if the third segment, as well as the other two, takes place after Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.
- This movie is narrated by the mice and occasionally by the Fairy Godmother.
- The castle is red in this movie, despite being white in the original.
- The An Uncommon Romance segment centering on Anastasia is similar to the movie Kronk's New Groove (the sequel to The Emperor's New Groove) centering on Kronk.
- Jaq's name was pronounced "Jack" by certain characters in this film.
- Cinderella II: Dreams Come True at Rotten Tomatoes
- Cinderella II: Dreams Come True - The Official Disney DVD Website
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Characters: Cinderella | Jaq and Gus | Mice | Birds | Prince Charming | Fairy Godmother | Bruno | Major | Cinderella's father | Lady Tremaine | Drizella Tremaine | Anastasia Tremaine | Lucifer | The King | Grand Duke | Pom-Pom | Prudence | Beatrice and Daphne | Baker | Flower Vendor | Conductor | Herald | Royal Ball Herald | Suzy | Perla | The Queen
Songs: Cinderella | A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes | Sing, Sweet Nightingale | Work Song (Cinderelly, Cinderelly) | Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo | So This is Love | Perfectly Perfect | More Than a Dream | At the Ball | I Still Believe