The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale

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The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale
The Swan Princess A Royal Family Tale DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover.
Directed by Richard Rich
Produced by Jared F. Brown
Richard Rich
Seldon Young
Written by Yuri Lowenthal
Story by Richard Rich
Brian Nissen
Based on Swan Lake 
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Characters created by
Richard Rich
Brian Nissen
Starring Elle Deets
Yuri Lowenthal
Joseph Medrano
Music by J. Bateman
Jenny Frogley
Edited by Joe Campana
Production
  company
Crest Animation Productions
Nest Family Entertainment
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • February 25, 2014 (2014-02-25)
Running time 79 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale is a 2014 American computer-animated family/fantasy film produced by Crest Animation Productions, distributed and released on video by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, directed by Richard Rich and starring the voices of Elle Deets as Odette and Yuri Lowenthal as Derek. It is the latest and fifth film in The Swan Princess series, following Odette and Derek's adoption of a young girl named Alise, and defeating the Forbidden Arts. It was released direct-to-DVD and Blu-ray on February 25, 2014 (being the first Swan Princess film to be released on Blu-ray) for the franchise's 20th anniversary.[1] Like Christmas, The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale was panned by critics and most fans.

Plot[edit]

Centuries ago, a sentient and autonomous evil force known as the Forbidden Arts entered Earth from the underworld, intent on destroying all of its rivals for vast magical power. It learned of a legend that the Swan Princess will bring in an age of goodness and pure evil will not survive in her presence. The sentient and autonomous evil force learns that she can be defeated by a bright green-colored magical stone. The Forbidden Arts cunningly corrupted the myth, making it appear that the Swan Princess will bring despair and destruction to all instead. A group of flying squirrels called the scullions, found the legend and over the years formed a community dedicated to finding and destroying the Swan Princess. When Odette, the Swan Princess, was finally born to King William, the Forbidden Arts tried to use the power-mad sorcerer Rothbart to defeat her but failed.

In the present, Odette and Derek are being pressured by Uberta to have a child, and are unaware that they're being tracked by the scullions. The Forbidden Arts has joined forces with Mangler, the scullion leader, but is angered at their most recent failure. The Forbidden Arts leaves its cave to burn Odette alive, but it is blocked by Odette's power and has to return to the crystal in its cave to recover. A nearby house catches fire instead, killing the father of a young girl, Alise. Odette and Derek bring Alise to the castle, and Odette feels a kinship with her because they both had lost their dear fathers tragically. Alise refuses to speak, despite everyone in the castle working together to cheer her up. As Alise slowly becomes closer with Odette and Derek, they decide to adopt her as she has no living relatives.

The scullions attack Uberta's castle, kidnapping Alise to lure Odette and Derek away, and locking everyone else in the cellar. Odette and Derek avoid the scullions' traps but Derek is poisoned by Mangler's blow dart. A friendly scullion, whom Odette names Scully, cures Derek and explains about the fake Swan Princess legend and the Forbidden Arts, and reveals that he has been keeping the magical stone safe. The group go to rescue Alise.

While Derek acts as a distraction, Scully sneaks into the scullion village and finds Alise in the Forbidden Arts' cave, but he is unable to rescue her. When the scullions are about to execute Derek, Odette intervenes and explains that all she wants is for her loved ones to be safe. Scully tells the scullions that the legend is a lie and the true evil is the Forbidden Arts. Mangler shoots a poison dart at Odette, which is blocked by Jojo, one of the scullions. Odette cures him with an antidote prepared by Scully, and the tablet with the corrupted prophecy reveals the true prophecy about the Swan Princess.

At the castle, Uberta and Rogers are about to be punished by the scullions for protecting the Swan Princess, and declare their feelings for each other. Jojo and the other scullions arrive with the real prophecy tablet, proving Odette to be good, and they release Uberta and the captives. The scullion army works together with Derek, Puffin, Jean-Bob and Speed to protect the magical stone, but the Forbidden Arts manages to obtain it, gaining its power.

Odette and Scully enter the Forbidden Arts' cave to rescue Alise. Mangler attacks them, and in the resulting fight, Mangler and Scully fall over a cliff, though Scully survives. Odette is unable to break the prison, but Alise finally speaks, telling Odette to destroy the Forbidden Arts' crystal. Odette tries to, but is stopped by the Forbidden Arts, who is ready to destroy her. Scully jumps onto the crystal, sacrificing himself to destroy the Forbidden Arts. In the ensuing explosion Alise is freed from her prison unharmed, and she calls out to Odette: "Mommy". The film ends with everyone celebrating the presentation of Princess Alise to the kingdom who finally warms up her caring and loving adoptive parents.

Cast[edit]

  • Elle Deets as Odette
    • Kathryn S. Hill as Odette (singing)
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Derek
    • David Osmond as Derek (singing)
  • Jennifer Miller as Uberta
    • Jan Broberg as Uberta (singing)
  • Joseph Medrano as Lord Rogers
  • David Lodge as The Forbidden Arts
  • Clayton James Mackay as Jean-Bob
  • Gardner Jass as Puffin
  • Doug Stone as Speed
    • Joel Bishop as Speed (singing)
  • Joseph Medrano as Scully
  • Joey Lotsko as Mangler
  • Jeff Michaels as Cutter
  • Kirk Thornton as Jojo
  • Brian Nissen as Brodie and Ferdinand
  • Catherine Lavine as Bridget and Narrator
  • Joey Lotsko as Bromley
  • Carly G. Fogelson as Alise
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Scullion #4 (uncredited)

Songs[edit]

  • "We Wanna Hear from You"
  • "Get the Job Done!"
  • "Always with You"
  • "Right Where I Belong" (end credits) - Charice

Reception[edit]

Like the previous entry, The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale was panned by viewers. While fans noted a few improvements on the animation, they were widely disappointed of how the film turned out.[citation needed] The film holds a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes with heavy criticisms being focused on the film's plot, story, characters, execution and most of the animation.[citation needed] However, despite being panned, viewers praised Lowenthal and Deets in their roles as Derek and Odette.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale Blu-ray". Blu-Ray.com. 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-23.