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The Swan Princess1994

The Swan Princess (1994)



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The Swan Princess is an animated, musical adaption of the fairy tale, "Swan Lake." An aging king (Dakin Matthews) and a widowed queen (Sandy Duncan) arrange a marriage between his only daughter and her only son, despite the two children's initial dislike of one another. Eventually they fall in love, but the evil sorcerer Rothbart (Jack Palance), desiring the throne for himself, enchants the princess Odette (Michelle Nicastro). She is a swan by day, and becomes a woman only when the moon rises. Prince Derek (Howard McGillin) refuses to accept another bride and continues to search for his lost love. When he finds her, Derek must fight the sorcerer to free her from the spell. Winner of the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence and the Parent's Choice Award, this adventure exhibits high quality animation and a blend of romantic and humorous musical numbers. The animal characters are fun without being too cute, including Jean-Bob the frog who thinks he is a prince, given voice by John Cleese. The subtle layering of spiritual symbolism makes this film intelligent enough for adults to enjoy as well as children. ~ Lucinda Ramsey, Rovi

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Jack Palance
as Rothbart
Howard McGillin
as Prince Derek
Michelle Nicastro
as Princess Odette
Liz Callaway
as Princess Odette (singing)
John Cleese
as Jean-Bob
Mark Harelik
as Lord Rogers
James Arrington
as Chamberlain
Davis Gaines
as Chamberlain (singing)
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Critic Reviews for The Swan Princess

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

The movie isn't in the same league as Disney's big four, and it doesn't have the same crossover appeal to adults, but as family entertainment it's bright and cheerful, and it has its moments.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like Hook, Hocus Pocus, and a few other family-friendly flicks from the 1990s, this was so beloved by its target audience that nostalgia has convinced these now-grown-up fans that the movie is actually excellent. Still, it possesses some minor charms.

November 9, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

[It has] this local pedigree that just makes me inclined to to think favorably of it but I have to admit it's not a very strong film.

February 21, 2019 | Rating: 5.5/10 | Full Review…

Bafflingly ambitious.

August 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Swan Princess


Jennifer D
Jennifer D

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Could've been so good.

Sarah Burton
Sarah Burton

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Derek is so shallow. I want to see the ballet now.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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