In today’s blog about weird analyses on cartoons, I got for you one of the best cartoons for you guys to check out, it’s Ever After High. By the name of the series, it’s pretty similar to Monster High right? well, Mattel decided to make a fairytale version of the show for kids and most of the characters were inspired by popular stories like Disney’s films, Alice and the wonderland and more! , so not that much of originality but they executed surprisingly good.
In my analysis, I’ll be explaining what it is, the characters, what the plot of the whole series is, what happened to it and my overall conclusion of the series, let’s get into it!
What’s it about?: Ever After High is a fashion doll franchise released by Mattel in July of 2013. It had over 5 seasons, few movies, and a lot of dolls but stopped manufacturing dolls and producing the series in 2016. Mattel did confirm that they will stop manufacturing the brand which upsetted a lot of people(including me).
Plot: Just like Monster High, the fairytale characters started to have children to attend the high school, Ever After High. But basically each one of the characters have to sign a book in which they have to relive their parents lives. There are 2 types of groups studying in the school, Rebels, who are the villains and have to relive their parents life as a criminal, and Royals, who are part of royal heritage and gets happy endings. The main character Raven Queen( Daughter of the evil queen in snow white) rebels against signing the book because she knows she’s going to suffer for the rest of her life and she doesn’t want to be bad. Apple White(Daughter of Snow White) and the rest of the Royals get upset over it since they can’t relive their parents’ past and they might cease to exist because of her decision. And the story develops in other seasons, but you get the point.
Characters – Royals and Rebels (prepare to be overwhelmed with the names):
- Apple White (Daughter of Snow White)
- Alistair Wonderland (Son of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
- Ashlynn Ella (Daughter of Cinderella)
- Blondi Lockes (Daughter of Goldilocks)
- Briar Beauty (Daughter of Aurora)
- Bunny Blanc (Daughter of the White Rabbit in the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
- Dexter Charming (Son of King Charming)
- Duchess Swan (Daughter of the Swan Queen of Swan Lake)
- Faybelle Thorn (Daughter of the Dark Fairy from Sleeping Beauty)
- Lizzie Hearts (Daughter of Queen of Hearts)
- Justine Dancer (Daughter of The 12th Dancing Princess)
- Meeshell Mermaid (Daughter of The Little Mermaid)
- Farrah Goodfairy (Daughter of the fairy godmother from Cinderella)
- Raven Queen (Daughter of the Evil Queen)
- C.A Cupid (Adopted daughter of Eros: God of Love from Mount Olympus)
- Cedar Wood (Daughter of Pinocchio)
- Cerise Hood (Daughter of Red Riding Hood)
- Darling Charming (Daughter of King Charming and the sister to Dexter and Daring Charming)
- Ginger Breadhouse (Daughter of the Candy Witch from Hansel and Gretel)
- Hunter Huntsman (Son of the Huntsman from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Little Red Riding Hood)
- Kitty Cheshire (Daughter of the Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
- Madeline Hatter (Daughter of the Mad Hatter from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
- Poppy O’Hair (Daughter of Rapunzel and the twin sister of Holly O’Hair)
- Rosebella Beauty (Daughter of Beauty from Beauty and the Beast and Briar’s cousin)
- Courtly Jester (Daughter of the Joker card from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
- Nina Thumbell (Daughter of Thumbelina)
- Melody Piper (Daughter of the Pied Piper of Hamelin)
Content: Ever After high has the same format as Monster High, webisodes that are uploaded on their YouTube channel and few movies, but I’ll get into that. The overall animation and story is actually pretty good. The designs of the characters have a lot of interesting quirks not necessarily similar to their parents but they have their own unique personality. Let’s take Briar Beauty for example, she is the daughter of Aurora, sleeping beauty and she’s mostly known for being bubbly, easy to talk to and more of a party girl. I ended up watching chapter 1, to get an overview of the whole buzz about the series, and honestly I loved it. Choosing over Royals and Rebels, I’m all Rebel. What are you?
Okay, about the movies, it’s…okay. It does have the same animation of the show but they just have a lot adventures and a lot of other stuff. Some of the movies are pretty good though. The movie I watched was throne coming. Here is the link – Ever After High | Thronecoming
Their Books were mostly surrounding the same quirks as the series but the one thing I like about them was the book covers and how much care was put onto these books, based on reviews and looking at pictures, it looks so aesthetic and pretty.
Ever since Monster High was growing to be one of the most successful franchises at the time, Ever After High had more of a boost into mainstream. They made dolls on the characters and sold them and they did fairly well, but there was a problem because of the license agreement between Mattel and Disney for the rights of the show’s use of Disney characters( I have mentioned this in my other cartoon analysis blog).
What Happened to Ever After High?: After a while of producing the show and manufacturing dolls, Disney decided to destroy Ever After High’s reputation by creating their series called “Disney’s Descendants”. If you have heard of Descendants, you would probably be like “Hey, Ever After High sounds awfully similar to Descendants”, but that isn’t the case. Descendants ripped off Ever After High and of course it blew up, Disney’s a entertainment company GIANT! they milked every merchandise out of the franchise, a TV show, books, even dolls! they were also sold right next to Ever After High. Mattel decided to stop producing one year after Descendants was released.
My Overall Conclusion: The show is actually pretty good! the animations, how each episode was executed, it was a masterpiece and I really wish for it to come back but sadly it’s not coming back. The only thing that Mattel is doing with Ever After High is just reuploading episodes and putting some emoticons in the titles to maintain some sort of revenue with views.
Here are the seasons( 1-4, there is season 5 but it’s in Netflix) if you want to watch the series: