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Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon a Mattress
Once Upon a Mattress
Once Upon a Mattress
  • PG
  • 1h 27m
  • 2005
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A whimsical, fractured telling classic fairytale of the "The Princess and The Pea," with Prince Dauntless: the handsome hero, desperate to find a wife. Dozens of woman have been tested and rejected as unsuitable by his mother, Queen Aggravian, who insists her son must marry a "true princess." The prince comes upon the lovable and definitely not shy – Princess Winnifred, but the Queen is appalled and conspires to cook up a test for "sensitivity" to get rid of her. What about a pea under 20 mattresses?

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Common Sense Says
Disney reboot has fun playing on fairy tale stereotypes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Once Upon a Mattress is a good-humored fairy tale Disney remake -- and previously a 1950s Broadway musical -- with some cheeky jokes and a "wicked" queen. The movie stars Tracey Ullman as Princess Winnifred and Carol Burnett as Queen Aggravain -- Burnett played Princess Winnifred in the original Broadway version. Some flippant sexist remarks poke fun at the traditional roles of female fairy tale characters. But there are few real stereotypes other than the down-trodden king and the self-satisfied knight. The queen is controlling and condescending, babying her son although he is clearly in his 40s -- but this is played for laughs. There is one joke about deafness, with a character shouting unnecessarily at a mute character. There is very occasional use of mild language, such as "idiot," "bloody," and "shut up," and "God” is used as an exclamation. Lady Larken (Zooey Deschanel) becomes pregnant after a "romantic picnic" and there is a discussion about what is expected on a wedding night -- the conversation is mimed. Overall a strong cast, plenty of humor, and a good heart make this solid family entertainment.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Fantasy, Family
  • Release Date:December 18, 2005
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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