Ever After High is based on the popular doll line from Mattel. All the characters are the children (or inheritors) of famous fairy tale characters, including Snow White, Cinderella, and Goldilocks.
When the show opens, the day when students are strongly recommended to sign the “Storybook of Legend” and follow their parent’s story is fast approaching. The daughter of Snow White’s evil Stepmother, Raven Queen, doesn’t want to sign. She doesn’t want to be evil in the least but everyone tells her that she must be evil, because once she signs her name, she will be forced to act out her part in Snow White’s story. Snow’s daughter, Apple White is especially insistent, as she is promised a kingdom and a wonderful life, while Raven’s fate is to be thrown into prison.
So what does Raven do? She refuses to sign! No matter how much she is bullied by people who want her to just do what she’s told, Raven, and her new friends, the disadvantaged kids who aren’t guaranteed a happy ending, such as Hunter Huntsman, Cerise Hood, and even kids like Ashlynn Ella, who’s promised a good life turn against the unfair system and are called Rebels. The Royals are lead by Apple White, and they like the status quo, as they are promised a happily ever after. While the kids maintain friendly terms, the school slowly changes to reflect the fact that this system is horribly unfair.
Raven’s merry band of misfits may be called Rebels, but that does not mean they are disrespectful. Raven may disagree with the Principal, Mr. Grimm, but she is never lippy or disrespectful to him, and for the most part, all the characters have great relationships with their dads. Raven proves herself to be a capable leader and a kind girl, she and Apple actually come to terms with each other and become good friends. The system that has been forced on the children means that they are judged because of who their parents were and what species they are. I think everyone can agree that this line of thinking is not fair.
The kids do some sneaking around the principal to do things they want to do, but these incidents are few and far between. Additionally in one movie, Dragon Games there is an instance that has been lauded as the first time two females have kissed in a cartoon. It was NOT a kiss, it was CPR. Apple White ate the poison apple and nearly died, one of her friends, Darling Charming, performs CPR to save her life. She risks her dignity to save her friend and apparently that was enough to reverse the spell. Ill advised in this climate? Oh, yeah. A girl to girl kiss? No. Tellingly, this is never brought up again.
The dolls in this series are super cute, and have pretty modest clothes. Makeup can be a bit much, (Raven is especially notorious for this) but when offered the choice between Monster High, Bratz, and Ever After High? My money’s going to Ever After High every time.
All in all, Ever After High (the show) is ok. There are some times where the characters do the wrong things, but compared to the trainwreck that passes for girl-themed entertainment today, Raven and and Co. are paragons of virtue! I recommend the dolls without reservation for girls 8 and up however.
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