The Swan Princess

(1994)
The Swan Princess

Voices by Jack Palance, John Cleese. (U)

 

A sweet little animated tale for girls that is loosely based on Swan Lake. Young Princess Odette is snatched by evil sorcerer Rothbart (Palance), who turns her into a swan to keep her apart from her love, Prince Derek. She can only take human form when the moonlight glints upon the lake, but at least she has a trio of friends – frog Jean-Bob (Cleese), Puffin and turtle Speed – to help her win the prince and cancel the curse.

The songs here aren’t very memorable, but the story and animation is cute enough, and Odette is a determined young thing, not a wussy princess waiting for her prince to come. There are two disappointing sequels, The Swan Princess II (1997) and The Swan Princess III: The Mystery of the Enchanted Kingdom (1998), both of which are only worth watching for true fans of the first one. 

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SCARY MOMENTS:

Very little ones may be scared by Lord Rothbart.

The Swan Princess
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