Once Upon a Mattress [DVD] [2005]

A love-sick nobleman seeking to marry his sweetheart does his best to find his ruling prince a suitable bride so that he himself may wed in this screen adaptation of the popular Broadway musical The Princess and the Pea. No one in Prince Dauntless (Denis O'Hare)'s kingdom is permitted to marry until the prince himself exchanges vows -- a problem hindered by the fact that the prince's overprotective mother, Queen Aggravain (Carol Burnett), has thus far thwarted all efforts to marry her son. This does not sit well with the honorable Sir Harry, a man whose heart longs to wed the fair Lady Larkin (Zooey Deschanel), and after a long and arduous journey specifically designed to find the prince a bride, Sir Harry returns to his kingdom to present Princess Winnifred of the swamps (Tracey Ullman). Immediately stricken by the princess, Prince Dauntless sets into motion plans for a lavish wedding as his scheming mother cooks up a test that's sure to send his marital plans awry.
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Overview

Special Features

  • The Making of Once Upon a Mattress - go behind the scenes with the director and cast to learn about the costumes, the characters, and the Broadway connection
  • Between Takes - you'll laugh out loud over the cast's hilarious antics on the set
  • Rehearsal-to-film comparison - a splitscreen presentation allows you to watch the elaborate musical numbers in rehearsal alongside footage from the final scenes
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Once Upon a Mattress
A love-sick nobleman seeking to marry his sweetheart does his best to find his ruling prince a suitable bride so that he himself may wed in this screen adaptation of the popular Broadway musical The Princess and the Pea. No one in Prince Dauntless (Denis O'Hare)'s kingdom is permitted to marry until the prince himself exchanges vows -- a problem hindered by the fact that the prince's overprotective mother, Queen Aggravain (Carol Burnett), has thus far thwarted all efforts to marry her son. This does not sit well with the honorable Sir Harry, a man whose heart longs to wed the fair Lady Larkin (Zooey Deschanel), and after a long and arduous journey specifically designed to find the prince a bride, Sir Harry returns to his kingdom to present Princess Winnifred of the swamps (Tracey Ullman). Immediately stricken by the princess, Prince Dauntless sets into motion plans for a lavish wedding as his scheming mother cooks up a test that's sure to send his marital plans awry. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Carol Burnett
    Carol Burnett - Queen Aggravain
  • Tracey Ullman
    Tracey Ullman - Princess Winnifred
  • Denis O'Hare
    Denis O'Hare - Prince Dauntless
  • Zooey Deschanel
    Zooey Deschanel - Lady Larkin
  • Michael Boatman
    Michael Boatman - Court Jester
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