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Created: 02/07/07

Cinderella III Posted by CK-Auctions

Posted by CK-Auctions

It's easy to grumble about the direct-to-video Disney sequels. Believe me, I've spent so much energy and time lambasting the foul Eisner-era business practice that I fear it's become just another speck in the wall of white noise. The argument against these mutations becomes even more difficult when they turn out to actually be kind of...good.

While Cinderella (voiced by Jennifer Hale) and her Prince (C.D. Barnes) did go on to live happily ever after, the bitterness of defeat still burns within the Wicked Stepmother (Susan Blakeslee). After witnessing the power of a magic wand wielded by the Fairy Godmother, Stepmother and her vile children, Drizella (Russi Taylor) and Anastasia (Tress MacNeille), conspire to steal the miraculous stick, using the opportunity to rewind Cinderella's memorable night and position Anastasia in the role of the lucky future princess. Again penniless and pitiful, Cinderella, with her two mouse pals Jaq and Gus, fights to retrieve the magic wand and stop the wedding before it's too late.

Compare "Time" to the classic 1950 original, and you might as well bang your head into a wall. "Time" looks and feels like a DTV production, and makes no assumptions it can hit the heights of Walt's masterwork. The new film puts those expectations aside and simply tries to have fun with itself.

Technically speaking, the production is more assured than many might be expecting. The talented "Time" animators do manage to recapture, if not the depth, than the movement of the characters, taking the lead of the 1950 animation and smoothing it out for far lower ambitions. Much of "Time" is a color feast, brimming with golds and pastels that create a warm fairy tale environment for this story, and if the production didn't have the budget for widescreen grandeur, they do nail down a great atmosphere of friendliness to the picture. A vampiric business plan might have given birth to this film, but the production does their best to keep the show engaging and welcoming despite severe limitations.

Director Frank Nissen helmed the lovely "Pooh's Heffalump Adventure," and long ago was a contributing animator to the Canadian fantasy curiosity, "Rock & Rule." The filmmaker has a jovial way with his work, and a playful atmosphere infects "Time" early and doesn't let up. The picture doesn't waste a single moment getting to the story, and from there gallops off to relish some wicked villain behavior, a modest stab at song and dance, marvelous rodent slapstick, and various levels of misplaced magic. "Time" is light on its feet, and color me shocked to find that it contains some laugh-out-loud moments, most coming from the frantic mice Jaq and Gus, who deservedly get much more of the spotlight in the sequel, and even a song of their own.

Special attention must be paid to voice actress Tress MacNeille, who gives a rich, sweet reading of Anastasia that the film eventually comes to rely on in an unexpected way. MacNeille is an industry vet, perhaps best known for her stellar work on "The Simpsons" (once you hear the voice, you'll know exactly who she is). She brings vulnerability to the character along with a take on Anastasia's buffoonery that's worth at least one deep belly laugh. MacNeille is the gem of "Time."

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Created: 01/08/09

Another successful Disney animation film

We bought this movie to share with our four grandchildren who live with us (ages 6 through 13), and even though we had not seen the second sequel to the Cinderella movies, the plot was easy to follow (now we are working on ordering the Cinderella II film!). The characters were true to form from the original Cinderella, and there was actually some excitement to the plot, some humor, some new songs, and more antics with the mice and Lucifer, the Cat. Stepmother gets hold of the Fairy Godmother's wand and changes the outcome (at least initially) of Cinderella's "happily ever after" ending. We liked how the communication and relationship between Cinderella and Anastasia (stepsister) evolves and makes the plot more interesting. All of us enjoyed this movie, sort of a time travel fairy tale.

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Created: 02/26/10

Almost as magical as the original!

I bought this movie because I'd lost my first copy, but I originally purchased it due to my love of Disney, especially Cinderella.

In Cinderella II, Disney made a mishmash of random scenarios and labeled it as a movie.
In Cinderella III they made a real plot and one that is fun and easy to grasp by all ages.
Even my Power Ranger loving 4 year old nephew really got into the action in this one.

In my opinion, this ranks up there with the other (very few) good Disney sequels like Lion King II.

Those looking to leave Cinderella with her original happily ever after might be turned off though, since this totally rewrites the last scenario of the original by having Anastasia's foot fit the slipper.
Leaving Cinderella to fix her new dilemma without her fairy godmother's help.

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Created: 03/26/11

Cute movie! Shipped well!

The quality of this dvd is impressive. It looks new. That said the movie itself is really pedestian. The music is also forgettable. I didn't even know there was a Cinderella 3 and I now know why. The deal on ebay made this worth it, but this is not Disney's finest moment.

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Created: 10/28/09

Cinderella III- A Twist in Time

When the Wicked step mother steals the FairyGodmothers wand she stops time and takes away Cinderella's Happily ever after and bewitches the prince into marrying Anastasia. It was a fantastic story line and kept you on the edge of your seat.

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Created: 01/07/08

Cinderella Fan!!!

This was a good movie for all the disney lovers out there especially with children. A classic story that you could watch over and over again!! Cinderella is a timeless favorite, a character on which I grew up to and will share to the future generations of my family. Worth buying especially for the fans who just wants more happily ever afters.

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Created: 07/07/07

Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007, DVD)

I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR (CINDERELLA III: A TWIST IN TIME (2007,DVD), AND I FOUND IT FROM THIS DEALER, AND SHE WAS VERY EASY TO DEAL WITH. THIS MOVIE WAS BRAND NEW, NEVER OPEN, AND WORKS PERFECT. I’M VERY HAPPY WITH IT. OVERALL I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE TO ANYONE.

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Created: 01/22/08

THIS IS A GOOD MOVIE. PERFECT FOR DISNEY WATCHERS.

this is a great disney movie. recommend to children and adults who love disney. I just finished watching this movie a second time and loved it.

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Created: 08/07/07

My kids loved it

I decided to buy this movie because my kids enjoyed watching cinderella 1 and 2.My kids wanted to see it and they also love watching princess movies and since cinderella is one of their best fairy tale princess movies.I didnt hesitate to buy it.

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Created: 05/06/07

A twist on a classic love story

I really enjoyed this movie despite the fact that it is a Disney sequel that came years after the original. While it is done in a more modern style like the little mermaid, I found that the plot was very interesting and the ending was quite surprising. I would recommend this movie to anyone who loves Cinderella or like to collect Disney series, it is not a bad sequel like some put out by Disney in the past.

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