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The Swan Princess (1994)

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A power-hungry sorcerer curses a princess to live as a swan by day in this tale of everlasting love.

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Richard Rich

Writers:

Richard Rich (story), Brian Nissen (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Palance ... Lord Rothbart (voice)
Howard McGillin ... Adult Prince Derek (voice)
Michelle Nicastro ... Adult Princess Odette (voice)
Liz Callaway ... Princess Odette (singing voice)
John Cleese ... Jean-Bob (voice)
Steven Wright ... Speed (voice)
Steve Vinovich ... Puffin (voice)
Mark Harelik ... Lord Rogers (voice)
James Arrington James Arrington ... Chamberlain (voice)
Davis Gaines ... Chamberlain (singing voice)
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Bromley (voice)
Dakin Matthews ... King William (voice)
Sandy Duncan ... Queen Uberta (voice)
Brian Nissen Brian Nissen ... Narrator (voice)
Adam Wylie ... Young Prince Derek (voice)
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Storyline

As children, Prince Derek and Princess Odette are forced to spend their summers together by their widowed parents, who hope that the two will eventually fall in love and marry, so their two kingdoms will be united. As children and adolescents, Derek and Odette can't stand each other, but as young adults they begin to see each other in a different light and fall in love with each other. But one night things take a bad turn when Derek unintentionally offends Odette, who then refuses to marry him if he can't prove that he loves her for who she is and not just her beauty. Odette and her father are then attacked by Lord Rothbart, a vengeful sorcerer who was cast out of William's kingdom when he plotted against the king. In the form of a beast, Rothbart mortally wounds William, and kidnaps Odette then places her under a spell. Now it is up to Derek to rescue Odette by showing his undying love. But will he be in time? Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La princesa encantada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,445,155, 20 November 1994

Gross USA:

$9,771,658

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,771,658
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DTS | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Upon its theatrical release, the movie was met with mixed reviews from critics. Throughout the years, however, its reception has become more negative, with audiences and viewers criticizing its script, plot, characters and especially the romance between the two main leads. See more »

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During "This is My Idea", Odette is shown in the tower without freckles. When she turns around to face her father, she has freckles. See more »

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Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a king named William, who ruled a large and mighty kingdom. And yet, he was sad. He was growing old and had no child to inherit the thrown. Then happily, a daughter was born, a princess and she was given the name Odette... Kings and queens came from all around to offer the gifts to the child. Among them was the widow Uberta and her young son Prince Derek... It was then that William and Uberta happened upon the same idea. Derek and Odette will be brought ...
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Alternate Versions

The United States full screen printings use the Nest Entertainment logo, but the worldwide printings and the North American digital printings use the New Line Cinema logo. See more »

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Music by Lex de Azevedo
Lyrics by David Zippel
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Fountain Girls: Emilie de Azevedo Brown, Emily Pearson, Julieta de Azevedo, Rachel Coleman, and Melissa Pace-Tanner
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A good, watchable movie despite its flaws.
25 April 1999 | by Raven-49See all my reviews

Compared to previous attempts by competing studios to break Disney's stranglehold on the animated film market, The Swan Princess really is a good movie. The animation does not quite have Disney's finesse and got a little rough in places, but was still watchable and generally pleasing to the eye, unlike, say, Thumbelina. The songs, though not particularly memorable and vaguely cheesy in the manner of much older animated flicks, did not bring the movie to a grinding halt and actually managed to, in general, help it along. It has a plot.

That's not to say that The Swan Princess doesn't have its problems, mostly in its characters. The titular lead, Princess Odette, is a flat failure as a heroine--she never *does* anything except lead her one true love, Prince Derrick, to her--and even then, she only does that because her animal friends, Puffin, Speed the turtle, and Jean-Bob the frog, cook up the plan for her.

Derrick is much more likeable, and though throughout most of the movie he is a flaming idiot, he is a likeable and sympathetic flaming idiot--and he does learn. His mistakes are, as a rule, human and understandable, and in the end it is he who saves the day and finally learns the movie's apparent lesson--that beauty is not all there is in matters of love or anything else.

The development of their relationship is refreshing--rather than falling in love at first sight, they start out hating each other with a passion, and it takes them years--spanned capably over the course of one amusing if sugary song--to realize that they do love each other. And then Derrick blows it(!), and spends the rest of the movie scrambling to recover from his mistake.

The end battle was satisfying, though in general I prefer for the heroine to help save their hides in some manner. The movie-makers were not afraid to beat the living daylights out of their hero, and though the save he pulls in the end is nothing short of miraculous, it was at least shown much earlier to be within his princely capabilities.

Despite its flaws, I found The Swan Princess to be a satisfying and re-watchable movie--though I did catch myself agreeing with Derrick's comment (stated early in the movie) that he could do much better.


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