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The Swan Princess (1994)

A power hungry sorcerer transforms a princess into a swan by day in this tale of everlasting love.

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Lord Rothbart (voice)
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Princess Odette (singing voice)
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Jean-Bob (voice)
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Speed (voice)
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Puffin (voice)
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Lord Rogers (voice)
James Arrington ...
Chamberlain (voice)
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Chamberlain (singing voice)
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Bromley (voice)
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King William (voice)
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Queen Uberta (voice)
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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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The Magic Begins November 1994


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18 November 1994 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,771,658 (USA)
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This film was one of the biggest animated box office disasters in history, barely grossing over $9 million domestically and worldwide - less than half of its budget. One of the main reasons for this was competition since the animated movie was released at the same time as some of the biggest box office juggernauts of its time. Some of the hits the Swan Princess had to compete against at the box office were Star Trek: Generations (1994), Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), The Santa Clause (1994), Léon: The Professional (1994), _Stargate_, Pulp Fiction (1994), Miracle on 34th Street (1994), and the re-release of The Lion King (1994). On the other hand, the animated movie was popular enough on VHS and DVD to get six more straight-to-VHS/DVD sequels with additional sequels being planned. See more »

Goofs

It is stated several times that Speed is a turtle. Actually, he's a tortoise, he has feet, not flippers. In addition, most tortoises can't swim, certainly not as well as Speed does. See more »

Quotes

Prince Derek: [after Odette has died] I made the vow for her. Do you hear? THE VOW I MADE WAS FOR HER!
Rothbart: No need to shout!
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Connections

Referenced in The Princess and the Frog (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

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 cult classic that has been stuck with me since my childhood
14 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After Disney released "The Lion King" which has been met with critical praise and became a success at the box office for the company, Disney animator Richard Rich (known for directing "The Fox and the Hound" and "The Black Cauldron") teams up with New Line Cinema to make their very first animated feature, "The Swan Princess", based on the Swan Lake ballet.

It tells the story about two kids named Derek & Odette who started to hate each other for about a long time until one day, as young adults, they finally realize that they do love each other, but Derek ruins the wedding by saying "What else is there?" and they will never see each other again. Meanwhile, an evil sorcerer named Rothbart captures Odette and turns her into a swan that would only turn her back into a human as the moon rises. As Derek tries to find Odette by learning from his mistake, Odette and her animal friends Jean-Bob, a frog, Speed, a turtle, and Puffin, a bird attempts to bring her back to Derek.

I first saw this film when I was a child and it has been stuck with me ever since even as a young adult (I'm turning 19 soon, by the way). It still holds up, but there are two problems that I do have with this classic. The animation is beautiful and colorful, but is a bit deflated some of the time. Derek is a bland character, but is a somewhat sympathetic character since he learned that to love a woman is to prove his love for her.

Flaws aside, everything else still holds up. The story is very original and sticks closely to the ballet without any ballet dances which works for me. The characters are charming and likable; Odette is a beautiful and feisty character and I liked her hair as well. The side characters including Bromley, Rogers (whose line "How To Offend Women In 5 Syllables Or Less made me laugh) and Uberta, who never fails to steal every scene in the movie. The animal sidekicks including Jean-Bob, Speed, and Puffin are excellent. The villain Rothbart, voiced by the late Jack Palace, is great and his motives, although over-the-top, are very amusing. The songs, on the whole, are pleasant and memorable to listen to especially "Far Longer Than Forever". Even the ending is satisfying. The battle between Derek and Rothbart is the best highlight of the movie because it represents some of the past-Disney films with a style and tone to it.

Overall, The Swan Princess isn't a masterpiece, but it's by no means a cult classic that has been stuck with me since my childhood. It may have received a mixed reception when it was first released, but I'm recommending this to those who love Disney and Non-Disney films.


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