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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, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Rich, Brian Nissen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 30, 2004
New Line Cinema


Howard McGillin
as Prince Derek
Howard McGillian
as Prince Derek
Michelle Nicastro
as Princess Odette
Liz Callaway
as Princess Odette (sin...
Jack Palance
as Rothbart
Sandy Duncan
as Queen Uberta
John Cleese
as Jean-Bob
Mark Harelik
as Lord Rogers
James Arrington
as Chamberlain
Davis Gaines
as Chamberlain (singing...
Dakin Matthews
as King William
Brian Nissen
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for The Swan Princess

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 1, 1994
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Swan Princess


Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

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

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

It's actually a pretty good movie. Very entertaining.

Andrew Fillmore

Super Reviewer

The Swan Princess Quotes

Princess Odette: Speed make him understand.
Speed: I'm only a turtle.
– Submitted by Matthew C (3 years ago)
Lord Rogers: You should write a book: 'How to Offend Women in Five Syllables or Less'.
– Submitted by Matthew G (3 years ago)
Princess Odette: I see him smiling, and my knees start buckling. I see inside him, and my doubts are gone.
Prince Derek: She started out as such un ugly duckling and somehow suddenly became a swan.
– Submitted by Jenna L (3 years ago)

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