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The Swan Princess (1994)

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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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Release Date:

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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When Derek and the fake Odette are dancing together during the ball, he puts the necklace over her hair. In the next shot, it is magically under her hair. Neither of them adjusted it, so it should have still been over. See more »


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Curly Washburn meets Pyotr Chaikovsky
27 October 2011 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

OK, so "The Swan Princess" is another children's movie. When I saw it, I thought that it was really neat that John Cleese provided the voice of the frog, and I later found out that Jack Palance (once known for "Shane", now known for "City Slickers") provided the voice of the villain. Who would have envisioned those two plus Steven Wright and Frank Welker (Fred on "Scooby-Doo" and Ray on "The Real Ghostbusters") in an animated feature? It wasn't until years after I saw the movie that I found out what the source material was: while in St. Petersburg, I attended a production of Pyotr Chaikovsky's "Swan Lake" in the Mariinsky Theater and realized that it was the same characters. Of course, what stuck in my mind most of all was the haunting theme song. That ballet is more recently recognizable as the subject of "Black Swan" (which I haven't seen).

Anyway, the movie's nothing particularly special.

Michelle Nicastro, who provided the voice of Odette, was an opera singer (she died of cancer last year). Howard McGillin, who provided the voice of Derek, was one of the people who played the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera".

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