The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Kingdom
|The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Kingdom|
Special Edition DVD cover
|Directed by||Richard Rich|
|Produced by||Terry L. Noss
Thomas J. Tobin
Jared F. Brown
|Screenplay by||Brian Nissen|
|Story by||Brian Nissen
|Music by||Lex de Azevedo|
|Edited by||Paul Murphy|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Kingdom (alternatively subtitled as The Swan Princess III: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure) is a direct-to-video film and the third installment in the The Swan Princess franchise. It was released in 1998, directed by Richard Rich, and features the voices of Michelle Nicastro and Brian Nissen as Odette and Derek. This film follows Derek and Odette having to deal with Zelda, a sorceress, who is seeking the Forbidden Arts and wishes to use it to destroy their happiness.
This sequel features the returning voices of Michelle Nicastro and Steve Vinovich from the first film, with all the other characters being re-cast. The film was followed by another direct-to-DVD sequel: The Swan Princess Christmas which was then followed by a fourth sequel, The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale.
Derek's and Odette's kingdom is preparing a celebratory Festival Days. Unknown to them, the wicked witch Zelda, who was once a partner of the evil sorcerer Rothbart, plans to wreak havoc to their kingdom by stealing Rothbart's notes on the Forbidden Arts. As part of her plan, she captures a yakey-bird named Whizzer who has the ability to imitate any voice after hearing it only once. Zelda's magical abilities are limited, but she can create a "seeker," a magical fireball that can home in on anyone she commands it to. Threatening his life with this ability, she sends Whizzer to the Swan Lake castle as a spy. Whizzer overhears that Derek secretly kept Rothbart's notes on the Forbidden Arts, despite him telling Odette before that they have been destroyed.
After Whizzer informs Zelda, she goes to the castle pretending to be a slave from the country of "Chuten-Chuten-Doodang". She flirts and charms over Lord Rogers with a story about how she has escaped a king who had her locked up and play the accordion constantly. Rogers falls for Zelda and invites her to stay at the castle, despite the current reservations of Queen Uberta, Derek's mother. That night, Zelda steals the treasure chest with Rothbart's notes and escapes. To her dismay the notes are incomplete, preventing her from gaining the full powers. Zelda questions Whizzer and learns that Derek kept the remaining portion somewhere else.
Zelda casts a seeker to find Odette, while Whizzer is sent to Derek with a ransom note. The seeker successfully brings Odette, along with Jean-Bob as a stowaway, to Zelda's lair. Elsewhere, Derek receives the ransom note and retrieves the final Forbidden Arts note from where he'd hidden it in the library. Whizzer is captured by Speed and Puffin, who convince him to help them stop Zelda. Whizzer eventually agrees and the group heads out to help Derek to rescue Odette.
After Jean-Bob frees Odette, she attempts to sneak off with the notes only to be caught again. Zelda then transforms Odette into a swan, and imprisons her and Jean-Bob in a dome of green fire that would destroy her if she tried to escape. When Derek arrives at the meeting to pay Zelda the ransom, he is tricked into handing over the final note to her while disguised as Odette and giving her full power of the Forbidden Arts. Derek, along with the group, managed to find Zelda's lair and free Odette and Jean-Bob as Zelda was absorbing the Power to Destroy. Derek and the others face her in battle. In the fight that ensues, she conjures up a killing seeker and casts it at Odette. Odette, with Puffin following her, flies away from the lair in an attempt to escape. Whizzer distracts Zelda by imitating Rothbart's voice, allowing Derek to snap her wand in two. Zelda falls back onto her own fire spell and is destroyed. Puffin arrives to inform Derek that Odette was killed. Derek is heartbroken, regretting that he had not destroyed the Forbidden Arts notes earlier. He burns the notes, and the flames take on the shape of a swan, from which Odette materializes, having returned to life.
The kingdom is at peace and harmony once again. The Festival takes place as planned with Jean-Bob winning the obstacle course and becoming prince for a day as well as Uberta and Rogers winning the talent show. Derek and Odette watch the proceedings and kiss.
- Michelle Nicastro as Odette
- Brian Nissen as Derek
- Katja Zoch as Zelda
- Joseph Medrano as Lord Rogers
- Christy Landers as Uberta
- Donald Sage Mackay as Jean-Bob
- Doug Stone as Speed
- Steve Vinovich as Puffin
- Paul Masonson as Whizzer
- Owen Miller as Bromley
- Sean Wright as Rothbart
- "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This" - performed by Michelle Nicastro, Brian Nissen, Christy Landers, Doug Stone, Steve Vinovich, Donald Sage MacKay, Joseph Medrano and Owen Miller
- "Because I Love Her" - performed by Brian Nissen, lyrics by Clive Romney and Sydney Clarke
- "She's Gone!" - performed by Joseph Medrano
- "Bad Days Ahead" - performed by Katja Zoch
- "The Right Side" - performed by Steve Vinovich, Doug Stone, and Paul Masonson
- "Because I Love Her" [End Credits] - performed by Connell Moss
The film was originally released direct-to-video on August 4, 1998. It was later released on DVD on March 30, 2004. A full double-sided widescreen set containing all three films and the sing-a-long was released on February 16, 2004, but is only available outside of the United States. An American release of a two-pack Double Feature DVD came out on August 2, 2005, containing this film and the original The Swan Princess.
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