HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Release Date: May 28, 1993
Genre: Children's Animation/Musical
Distributor: Filmation/Kel-Air Entertainment
Director: John Howley
Producer: Lou Scheimer
Writer: Robbie London
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In fact, this is not an epic sequel to SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Gone are the catchy tunes, lovable characters and endearing romantic plot. Instead, the music is flip television-type tunes, the characters are one dimensional and the endearing plot has been replaced by a contrived action-adventure story which doesn't capture your emotions.
This dark story opens in the castle of the wicked witch where her demonic minions, freed from her oppressive control, are throwing a wild orgy. Suddenly, Lord Malice, the witch's brother appears, takes control and sets out to avenge his wicked sister's death. Turning into a dragon (symbolic of Satan), Lord Malice searches the countryside until he finds Snow White and Prince Charming planning their wedding, just after their romantic meeting in SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Instead of living happily ever after, as the first film assured us, Snow White and Prince Charming are attacked by Malice. Malice pursues Snow White into the dark woods. Failing to capture her, Malice takes the Prince hostage. Snow White stumbles upon the home of the seven dwarfs and finds that they have moved to another kingdom. Their home is now inhabited by their cousins, the seven female dwarfels.
The dim-witted dwarfels (Muddy, Sunburn, Blossom, Marina, Moonbeam, and Thunderella) control the forces of nature in order to help Mother Nature with her complex task of running the world. They take Snow White to a confused, hyper-active Mother Nature for her aid in rescuing the Prince. Because they are not working together in unity, Mother Nature plans to demote the dwarfels by stripping them of their powers. However, after hearing Snow White's plea, she gives them one more chance if they can rescue the Prince on their own. So off they go to the Land of Doom which is just what Malice wants. Eventually, helped by Shadow Man, Snow White and the dwarfels triumph over Malice by turning him into a stone dragon.
This is not a case of good triumphing over evil, but rather good witchcraft triumphing over evil magic. As God has made clear in the Bible, there is no such thing as good witchcraft (Deuteronomy 18:10). Basically, there's no real good in the movie. Furthermore, Mother Nature is confused and befuddled in her creation. The paganistic pantheism that is presented in this film has numerous, clear references to sprites, nymphs and other demons from the dark pages of ancient mythology. Also, there is an ever present undertone of witchcraft and nature worship, emphasizing the female wicca in opposition to the male usurper -- concepts abhorrent to God, the Sovereign Creator of the Universe.
Certainly, a child grounded in the Gospel will not fall for this mythology. There is no sprite or nymph named Blossom in charge of plants and flowers, nor a Marina in charge of lakes and rivers, nor a Thunderella in charge of the weather. However, parents are cautioned to discuss the movie's references with their children so that their children can develop discernment and learn to distinguish between pagan myths and the Truth of Jesus Christ. In later years, this discernment will help your children refute the arcane nominalism of pagan gurus like Joseph Campbell.
The special effects are good, but dwell too much on the demonic. The film also has a few musical numbers, but these, too, are unworthy of praise, as they exhort children "to be bad," or emphasize the importance of putting reliance on self.
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