Bill Kroyer, the original Director of the film, intended to make a darker film, more faithful in tone to the original book. Following the phenomenal successes of the films of the Disney Renaissance, Warner Brothers, among many other film studios, moved into feature animation, hoping to replicate similar successes with their own animated films. At Warner Brothers' behest, the director's vision for the film was rejected, in favor of a more Disney animated musical film-style, and the film was put into production before the story was even finalized. The complex plot and dark nature of the novel, The King's Damousel, were replaced with several animation trademarks of the 1990s-era: musical numbers, a strong female heroine, a power hungry antagonist who wants to usurp the kingdom, a romantic subplot where the couple lives happily ever after, talking animal sidekicks, and family-friendly comedy gags.
In the same year this movie was released, Céline Dion included another version of the song she sang in this movie, "The Prayer", on her Christmas CD, but that version would be as a duet with Andrea Bocelli.
An aspect of this movie, that makes it unique, is having a major character that is that one of the major characters in the story is not only blind, but even as the story unfolds, and he becomes one of the heroes of the story, he remains blind. They opted to not revert to what so many others have done, and have his sight restored through some sort of "magic" or convoluted storyline, that would automatically restore his sight, so that in the end, the two heroes ride off together, presumably in love with each other just as they were.