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Swan Princess

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Director: Richard Rich

Cast: Richard Rich, Jack Palance, Howard McGillian, Michelle Nicastro

     
 

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The Swan Princess is an animated, musical adaption of the fairy tale, "Swan Lake." An aging king (Dakin Matthews) and a widowed queen (Sandy Duncan) arrange a marriage between his only daughter and her only son, despite the two children's initial dislike of one another. Eventually they fall in love, but the evil sorcerer Rothbart (Jack Palance), desiring the

Overview

The Swan Princess is an animated, musical adaption of the fairy tale, "Swan Lake." An aging king (Dakin Matthews) and a widowed queen (Sandy Duncan) arrange a marriage between his only daughter and her only son, despite the two children's initial dislike of one another. Eventually they fall in love, but the evil sorcerer Rothbart (Jack Palance), desiring the throne for himself, enchants the princess Odette (Michelle Nicastro). She is a swan by day, and becomes a woman only when the moon rises. Prince Derek (Howard McGillin) refuses to accept another bride and continues to search for his lost love. When he finds her, Derek must fight the sorcerer to free her from the spell. Winner of the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence and the Parent's Choice Award, this adventure exhibits high quality animation and a blend of romantic and humorous musical numbers. The animal characters are fun without being too cute, including Jean-Bob the frog who thinks he is a prince, given voice by John Cleese. The subtle layering of spiritual symbolism makes this film intelligent enough for adults to enjoy as well as children.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2009
UPC:
0043396322660
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
G
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
7,403

Special Features

Closed Caption; Read along: Odette's book of wonderfull friends; Games!; -Help Odette prepare for her wedding; -Practice, practice, practice!; Sing-Alongs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Palance Rothbart
Howard McGillian Prince Derek
Michelle Nicastro Princess Odette
John Cleese Jean-Bob
Sandy Duncan Queen Uberta
Steven Wright Speed
Steve Vinovich Puffin
Mark Harelik Lord Rogers
James Arrington Chamberlain
Andrew Duncan Voice Only
Joel McKinnon Miller Bromley
Dakin Matthews King William
Brian Nissen Narrator
Adam Wylie Derek

Technical Credits
Richard Rich Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Lex de Azevedo Score Composer,Songwriter
Jared F. Brown Executive Producer
James Coleman Art Director
Steven E. Gordon Animator
Mike Hodgson Art Director
Armetta Jackson-Hamlett Editor
Geoffrey Johnson Casting
James Koford Editor
Vincent G. Liff Casting
Matt Mazer Producer
Brian Nissen Screenwriter
Terry L. Noss Co-producer
Tara Jayne Rubin Casting
Thomas J. Tobin Co-producer
Seldon Young Executive Producer
David Zippel Songwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Swan Princess
1. Start
2. "This is My Idea"
3. Derek Loses His Queen
4. The Great Animal Attacks
5. The Swan Princess
6. "Practice, Practice, Practice"
7. Catch & Fire
8. Jean-Bob & Speed
9. "Far Longer than Forever"
10. Lieutenant Puffin
11. Her Knight in Shining Armor
12. "No Fear"
13. The Mystery Solved
14. Hunting the Great Animal
15. "This One's for Odette."
16. Derek Finds Odette
17. "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
18. Bromley Joins the Party
19. "Princesses on Parade"
20. A Fashionably Late Entrance
21. Odette's Escape
22. A Vow of Everlasting Love
23. Nothing is What it Seems
24. Everlasting Death
25. Rothbart vs Derek
26. The Royal Wedding
27. Prince Jean-Bob
28. "Far Longer than Forever" (Reprise)

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Swan Princess 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So don't expect Disney. There's only about one good song, maybe two. But it is good. I like that Odette doesn't immediately agree to marry Prince Derrek as she would if this were a "Prince Charming tale." I also like how the movie began with the "This is my Idea" song. That was cute. The movie was also funny, and showed Prince Derrek as much as it did Princeess Odette, which is good for the boys who watch it. Fairy tale movies aren't just for girls, but for boys too. It teaches the importance of inner beauty, like Beauty and the Beast. Of course, B&B was better, but this movie was still good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently bought this movie and I think it's one of the better non-Disney cartoons out there. Nevertheless, like in the beloved Disney classics, Richard Richie & Co. have taken a well-known story and made it their own. And as in any great animated tale, "The Swan Princess" features a spellbinding story, remarkable characters, impressive songs, and lovely animation. It's also filled with surprises. The animal sidekicks are clever instead of cutesy, the villain is unpredictable, and the narrative isn't what you'd expect. With all the things this movie has to offer, it's amazing it's often overlooked. Still, if you're in the mood for a wonderful animated fairy tale you haven't seen a hundred times before, be sure to check out "The Swan Princess".
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this movie. sometimes, i see it on t.v, and i have to watch it. the kids i babysit for love it too. The songs are catchy, and the characters are memorable. even though i'm not a kid anymore, when i watch it, i feel like i'm six!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this movie!! Its great, its excellent! Its very funny, has a great script, and the characters are... well, "admirable"! The only thing is younger kids (7 and under) may be scared of Rothbart, but other than that I love this movie! Its the best... my favorite part is when Derick and his pal Bromley are playing that arrow game with the musicians. its funny! my favorite song is "Far longer than Forever". also i like the music video "Eternity" by Dreams Come True, which is found at the very end of the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie babysitiing a little boy and girl in 1994. The little girl told me it was her favorite movie after watching it and we watched again. They are both 17 now about to graduate school and she told me that she still owns the movie and it is still her favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This came out when my friends and I were around 8 years old. I remember giggling gleefully at the silly frog, quoting lines back and forth with friends, and humming along with all the songs. This movie added a lot to my imagination as a kid, and I would suggest it to anyone with kids who like funny, smart, exciting entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly one of the best animated features you'll find. The songs and animation are great. It's been one of the favorites of my daughter's for years. Enjoyable for both kids and adults. (The Jack Palance evil sorcerer is a riot.) Can't recommend it enough.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
So cool all the kids i babysit for love it (ages 4-9)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a horrible movie. If your little one likes the Disney princess movies, DO NOT buy this one. Terrible plot developement, poor singing and songwriting. My child lost complete interest after only 20 minutes when she usually is glued to the Disney princess movies.