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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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Whimsical children's tale, good animation and storytelling
24 January 2006 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

It's been a little while since I had seen "The Swan Princess," but I could distinctly recall many scenes from it. I'd always enjoyed it before, so I decided to watch it again - for the most part, it still holds up.

Of course, it's a children's tale, so some slack must be given; it's not going to be as well-rounded (entertainment-wise) as a movie like "Toy Story," but it does contain its fair share of adult-oriented jokes along with silly physical humor that will amuse children.

The story is pretty basic - a lovely princess is destined to marry a prince, but an evil sorcerer (voiced by the diabolical Jack Palance) has other plans and kills the princess' father, locks the daughter away and casts a spell on her so that she turns into a swan at night.

It's predictable, but it's got a great vocal cast, and the animation is pretty good. Give it a shot. Avoid the unnecessary cash-in sequel.

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