Cinderella III is a good finale for Disney’s Cinderella franchise. This franchise closer follows a tried and true formula but switches it up a little bit with an interesting twist that ties directly into the franchise’s second movie. It proves once again that true love will always overcome all obstacles. That includes an evil stepmother who would go to absolutely any length in order to get what she wants. Thus is the story behind Cinderella III.
Cinderella III returns to the conflict between young Cinderella who is already married to Prince Charming, and her evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine. When Anastasia (voiced once more by Tress MacNeille—The Simpsons, Futurama) discovers how Cinderella won over the prince in the first place and gets her hands on the fairy godmother’s wand, Lady Tremaine proceeds to use it to turn back time and try to keep Cinderella from ever being able to try on the fabled glass slipper that led to her happily ever after. The irony of the whole story comes from Anastasia. She ultimately plays a direct role in the final outcome of the story. Now on the surface, this goes completely against the final segment of Cinderella II. To that extent, some audiences may complain about an issue with continuity, since she was the one who caused Cinderella’s predicament in this story to begin with even after having found love in Cinderella II thanks to Cinderella. But the final credits of this story do at least make the attempt to tie everything back together.
The final credits provide more than just an attempt to tie the first two movies in the Cinderella franchise together. There is a final, funny moment that is tied in to the final moments of this story that will leave both parents and kids laughing. It’s a moment of two characters getting what comes to them. Who those characters are will be left to audiences who have yet to see this story for themselves. It’s a good finish to everything and makes amends for a story that would have made more sense had it been Cinderella II instead of the franchise’s third movie. Had this movie come second and Cinderella II come last, the entire franchise would have been near perfect because of how both sequels end. Nonetheless, it still is a good story for a sequel and a good watch for parents and kids alike both during the holidays and throughout the year.
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