Director: Kevin Lima
Writer: Bill Kelly
Starring: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall
Music: Alan Menken
Distinctions: three Oscar nominations for Best Song (“Happy Working Song,” “So Close” and “That’s How You Know”)
Length: 107 minutes
Synopsis: a Disney fairytale princess comes to the real world
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), July 2008
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay).
Objective Rating: 5/10 (points off for dialog, cinematography, special effects/design, acting and music) c. 2.3/4 (Okay).
Fun movie, only good for one watch. There were lots of chances to turn this into a terrible movie, but they managed to get through. It would have been nice if they’d used old school animation for the fairy-tale world; instead it’s a modern style, which is strange since modern “2D” animation isn’t typically used for much other than TV shows. Although the acting and music are both bad, it doesn’t really hurt the movie; they’re both what they need to be.