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Richard Rich (characters)
Richard Rich (story)
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Release Date:
25 February 2014 (USA) See more »
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Prince Derek and Princess Odette adopt a little girl named Alise. Then, Alise gets captured by a group of flying squirrels... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A big royal mess but marginally better than Swan Princess Christmas See more (4 total) »

Cast

 
James Arrington ... Chamberlain (voice)

Laura Bailey ... Odette (voice) (as Elle Deets)
Joel Bishop ... Speed (singing voice)

Jan Broberg ... Uberta (singing voice)
Carly Fogelson ... Alise
Julia Fogelson ... Little Girl Scullion

Darrel Guilbeau ... Father (voice)
Kathryn Hill ... Odette (singing voice)
Gardner Jaas ... Puffin

David Lodge ... The Forbidden Arts
Joey Lotsko ... Mangler

Yuri Lowenthal ... Derek (voice)

Julia Max ... Live action reference
Joseph Medrano ... Lord Rogers (voice)
Jeff Michaels ... Cutter

Christopher Robin Miller ... Cutter (singing voice)
Jennifer Miller ... Queen Uberta
Brian Nissen ... Brodie
David Osmond ... Derek (singing voice)
Doug Stone ... Speed the turtle
Kirk Thornton ... Jojo

Directed by
Richard Rich 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brian Nissen  characters
Brian Nissen  screenplay
Richard Rich  characters
Richard Rich  story

Produced by
Jared F. Brown .... producer
Richard Rich .... producer
Rituraj Sethia .... executive producer
Vipul Valvi .... executive producer
Vishwas Valvi .... executive producer
Seldon Young .... executive producer
Seldon Young .... producer
 
Original Music by
J Bateman 
Jenny Frogley 
 
Film Editing by
Joe Campana 
 
Art Department
Manmath Matondkar .... set modeler and foliage artist
Mark Sonntag .... storyboard artist
 
Visual Effects by
Nitin Amin .... compositing lead
Sandeep Ghorpade .... lighting artist
Camy Kamani .... visual effects artist
Pranil Mahajan .... fx supervisor
 
Animation Department
Pankaj Jaiswal .... animator
Rahul Kumar .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Allyse Manoff .... digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
James Schafer .... composer: additional music
Pieter A. Schlosser .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Vishal Mishra .... programmer: data saving
 

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Rated PG for mild peril.
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83 min
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Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the squirrels sing in one scene, their mouths don't always move correctly.See more »
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A big royal mess but marginally better than Swan Princess Christmas, 19 October 2014
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Of the Swan Princess films, the best one is by far the first one which I still find an enjoyable film now. The following sequels Secret of the Castle and Mystery of the Enchanted Kingdom were not great and had a fair bit wrong with them but had components too that made them watchable. The Swan Princess Christmas was hugely disappointing and a terrible film in general, it looked bad when advertised and the film was even worse. A Royal Family Tale is a marginal improvement over that film but was a big mess still, the only that works really is that the chemistry between Odette and Alise has moments where it's sweet, the scene with them in Alise's room in the castle is actually quite touching.

The animation is not as horrendous as it was in Swan Princess Christmas but is still very bad, with the blocky character movements, at times creepy facial expressions, backgrounds that make plastic feel like they have more life and the incredibly flat colours it constantly looked like an outdated video game with no fluidity, vibrancy or detail. The music- like Christmas- makes no effort to be true to the style of the original film, something that the first two sequels did try to do, the incidental music doesn't always flow or fit, is sometimes paced ploddingly and has a real habit of drowning out the dialogue. And there is a very rushed-sounding and unnecessary song that is also immediately unmemorable and badly sung. The dialogue is really stilted with the few comedic moments sounding forced, the "touching" parts sounding cloying and the darker parts being confusingly written and at worst potentially traumatising.

None of the characters are interesting or likable apart from Odette, who may have lost her feistiness but shows a very admirable caring side. Derek is as wet as a drip(just as he was in the previous outings but he is at his blandest); Alise apart from that one scene with Odette is too sickly sweet; Uberta for the very first time is annoying; Rodgers, Speed and Puffin have next to nothing to do; the squirrels are over-used and Royal Family Tale has by far the worst villain of the entire Swan Princess series. Of Odette's three animal sidekicks the only one to get a halfway-decent amount of screen-time is Jean-Bob and even he is at his least funniest. The voice acting is all over the place mostly, Ellie Deets is quite good but the rest either over-compensate or sound bored, Ben 10's Yuri Lowenthal is the most recognisable name but doesn't offer that much enthusiasm.

But it is the complete jumble that passes for a story where Royal Family Tale falls down most upon. The adoptive daughter subplot was such an accessible idea and could have been really sweet but was well and truly bland as a result of being completely drowned in the use of way too much false prophesising, peril and mythology that only succeeded in convoluting the story, as well as ploddingly paced scenes that lead to nowhere and don't have any relevance to the story. Essentially it is a paper thin story conceptually that also tries to do too much to make up for it and ends up feeling very muddled and almost incoherent in places. There is a real sense too that the film wasn't entirely sure what to do with itself or as to what the target audience, from where I'm standing much of it will go over the heads of children and adults will find it too dumbed down for them. Overall, The Swan Princess A Royal Family Tree is a marginal improvement over The Swan Princess Christmas but it's still a big royal mess(pardon the pun). 2/10 Bethany Cox

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