Watch Once Upon a Mattress
- 1 hr 30 min
Once Upon a Mattress is a 2005 musical inspired by the classic fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea." The film stars Carol Burnett, Tracey Ullman, Denis O'Hare, and Zooey Deschanel in lead roles. The story takes place in medieval times, where the kingdom is ruled by Queen Aggravain (Carol Burnett), a domineering and demanding monarch who withholds consent for marriages in the kingdom until her son, Prince Dauntless (Denis O'Hare), is married. Unfortunately, no eligible princess has yet passed the Queen's rigorous tests to become her son's bride.
Enter Lady Larken (Zooey Deschanel), a young maiden who has fallen in love with Sir Harry (Matthew Morrison), a knight in Prince Dauntless's court. When Lady Larken becomes pregnant out of wedlock, the couple fears for their future and seeks to find a way to expedite their marriage. They enlist the help of the wily Queen Aggravain's mute jester, the Minstrel (Tom Smothers), to seek out a princess to marry Prince Dauntless.
The search for a suitable bride leads to the arrival of Princess Winnifred of the swamps (Tracey Ullman), a boisterous and unrefined princess who possesses a unique talent - the ability to sleep on a bed of 20 mattresses and still feel a single pea underneath. The Queen initially rejects Princess Winnifred as a suitable bride, deeming her uncivilized and unworthy of the Prince. However, Princess Winnifred is determined to win the Prince's heart and passes the Queen's test, thereby winning the Prince's hand in marriage.
As the wedding day approaches, tensions rise as Queen Aggravain schemes to prevent the marriage, setting in motion a series of events that threaten to upend the kingdom. With the help of Lady Larken, Sir Harry, and the Minstrel, Princess Winnifred must overcome the Queen's machinations and win over the hearts of the kingdom to secure a happy ending.
Once Upon a Mattress is a lighthearted and whimsical musical, featuring catchy tunes and delightful performances by the cast. Carol Burnett shines as the scheming Queen Aggravain, delivering witty one-liners and inducing laughs with her exaggerated facial expressions. Tracey Ullman is equally delightful as Princess Winnifred, infusing the character with a sense of optimism and resilience.
Denis O'Hare delivers a standout performance as Prince Dauntless, offering a portrayal that is both endearing and humorous. Zooey Deschanel brings a sweetness to her role as Lady Larken, while Matthew Morrison adds charm to his portrayal of Sir Harry. The supporting cast also includes a number of memorable performances, including Bill Irwin as the mute King Sextimus, and Michael Boatman as the put-upon wizard, the Wizard.
The film features a number of memorable musical numbers, including "Many Moons Ago," "An Opening for a Princess," and "Shy." The choreography is playful and energetic, complementing the whimsical nature of the story.
Overall, Once Upon a Mattress is a delightful musical that will appeal to audiences of all ages. With its talented cast, catchy tunes, and lighthearted storyline, it offers an enjoyable escape into a world of fantasy and romance.
Once Upon a Mattress is a 2005 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.