The Swan Princess (1994)

G  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  18 November 1994 (USA)
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A power hungry sorcerer transforms a princess into a swan by day in this tale of everlasting love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lord Rothbart (voice)
Princess Odette (singing voice)
Jean-Bob (voice)
Speed (voice)
Puffin (voice)
Lord Rogers (voice)
James Arrington ...
Chamberlain (voice)
Davis Gaines ...
Chamberlain (singing voice)
Bromley (voice)
King William (voice)
Queen Uberta (voice)
Brian Nissen ...
Narrator (voice)


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 {}

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18 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La princesa encantada  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)


$9,771,658 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Liz Callaway provides the singing voice of Odette in this film. In the sequels, Michelle Nicastro took over singing as well. See more »


The bows and arrows used by Derek and his friend have all been under water for considerable amounts of time, yet they all work perfectly. See more »


Puffin: There you have it, everlasting love.
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Far Longer Than Forever
Music by Lex de Azevedo
Lyrics by David Zippel
Performed by Liz Callaway and Howard McGillin
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A good, watchable movie despite its flaws.
25 April 1999 | by (Montreat, NC) – See 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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