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The Swan Princess: Christmas
DVD cover.
Directed byRichard Rich
Screenplay byBrian Nissen
Story by
  • Richard Rich
  • Brian Nissen
Based onSwan Lake
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Produced by
  • Richard Rich
  • Seldon O. Young
  • Jared F. Brown
StarringLaura Bailey
Yuri Lowenthal
James Arrington
G.K. Bowes
Sean Wright
Edited byJoe Campana
Music byVassal Benford
Distributed bySony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date
  • November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Swan Princess: Christmas is a 2012 American animated fantasy family film directed by Richard Rich, produced by Crest Animation Productions and Nest Family Entertainment.[1] It is the fourth film in The Swan Princess series, and the first in 14 years. It follows the adventures of Odette and Derek celebrating their first Christmas together. While the three previous films in the series were animated using traditional 2D hand-drawn techniques, The Swan Princess Christmas was the first in the series to be created entirely with 3D CGI animation.

Out of all of the cast members James Arrington is the only one to return from the original film and its sequels, Doug Stone reprises his role as Speed from the sequels and Sean Wright reprises his role of Rothbart from The Swan Princess III: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure. The movie is followed by a fifth 3D computer-animated direct-to-DVD entitled The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale released one year later. Chronologically, it is revealed that this takes place after the first film, but before the second film, because it is said that this is Odette's first Christmas with Derek and without her father; in the second film, Odette and Derek have been married for a year, meaning one Christmas must have gone by between the two films.


Princess Odette and Prince Derek are on their way to Queen Uberta's castle to celebrate their first Christmas together. Unbeknownst to them, the evil sorcerer Rothbart has returned from the dead as a spirit and enlisted a black cat named Number 9 for help by promising him nine extra lives. Number 9 lures Derek to the cellar of Uberta's castle where he opens a chest with the initial R on it. When Derek leaves, Rothbart emerges from the chest as a ghost. From here, Rothbart starts his plan to destroy the kingdom's Christmas spirit, the only thing more powerful than the Forbidden Arts, as this will give him the power to be revived in bodily form. Rothbart is able to cast minor spells that cause people to fight; he does this to Queen Uberta and Lord Rogers, and later to the villagers until almost the entire village is in disharmony.

Derek and Odette learn of Rothbart's return as a ghostly spirit when wind chimes playing "Far Longer than Forever" make him visible and hold him immobile. They set up chimes all around the castle, but Rothbart eventually re-enlists the help of Bridget (his hag henchwoman from the first film who had turned good) and she helps remove the wind chimes for him.

As part of the Christmas festivities, Rogers and Uberta are staging musical performances. Due to Rothbart's spell, they have become aggressive and competitive with each other. Odette, who is staging her own song, invites the children to perform "Christmas is the Reason" which momentarily weakens Rothbart's power over Uberta and Rogers. Odette follows up on this by inviting Uberta and Rogers to give gifts and food to the poor. This time the good will breaks the spell on the whole kingdom, and Rothbart is severely weakened.

Rothbart's last chance to ruin the kingdom's Christmas spirit is to sabotage the royal Christmas tree. He sends Number 9 to steal one of the Christmas lights, and Rothbart casts a dark spell on it that will destroy the tree. Derek learns of this plan thanks to Bridget, who has double-crossed Rothbart and traps him inside a giant chime.

Derek rushes back to the Christmas Eve party to stop the tree from being lit, but they are too late. The enchanted light bulb bursts the tree and its ornaments into flames. Rothbart becomes fully restored to his physical body, takes Uberta's crown which he turns into his own, and kidnaps Odette where he takes her back to Swan Lake.

At Swan Lake, Rothbart once again turns Odette into a white swan and traps her inside a cage made of roots, just as Speed, Puffin and Jean-Bob arrived. Puffin tries to attack Rothbart, but the evil sorcerer knocks the bird down and turns him into a Christmas ornament. He then casts a spell on the moonlight, so that when it touches Odette's wings, she will turn into a golden swan-shaped ornament forever. Derek arrives to rescue Odette and Rothbart has assumed the form of the Great Animal again to fight Derek. At first Derek is overpowered, but Odette starts singing "The Season of Love," which weakens Rothbart until he bursts into flames and dies. With Rothbart defeated for a second time, Odette changes back into a human and Puffin returns to his normal self. Derek dies in her arms due to his injuries, but a distraught Odette sings again, the great spirit of Christmas returns him to life and restores the royal Christmas Tree. At the Christmas party, the kingdom puts up a new Christmas ornament on the tree, honoring Derek and Odette.


  • Laura Bailey (credited as Elle Deets) as Princess Odette
    • Summer Eguchi as her singing voice
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Prince Derek
    • Michaelangelo as his singing voice
  • Jennifer Miller as Queen Uberta
  • Joseph Medrano as Lord Rogers
  • Sean Wright as Sir Rothbart
  • David Lodge as Number 9 and Guard #1
  • Catherine Lavine as Bridget and Village Woman
  • James Arrington as Sir Chamberlain
  • Clayton James Mackay as Jean-Bob
  • Gardner Jaas as Puffin
  • Doug Stone as Speed, Sir Peter, and Guard #2
  • Joey Lotsko as Bromley, Servant, and Guard #3
  • Brian Nissen as Ferdinand the Chef
  • Maxine Blue as Wood Cutter's Wife
  • G.K. Bowes as Caretaker
  • Gabriela Miller as a Girl
  • Catherine Parks as Maid
  • Ashley Spain as a Girl
  • Joseph De Tacht as a Boy


The film's music was composed by Vassal Benford. Two albums were released in conjunction with the film. A Christmas album, "17 Songs from The Swan Princess Christmas" was released on October 22, 2012, containing the film's Christmas songs and a few instrumental pieces from the film.[2] A more complete soundtrack album, "The Swan Princess Christmas Soundtrack", was released on November 8, 2012, containing 34 tracks of the film's songs and instrumental pieces.[3][4] Both albums contain a studio version of "Season of Love", Odette's song from the film, performed by Anna Graceman.

Soundtrack album Christmas album Song/track title
1 1 Overture and Prologue
2 2 Jingle Bells
3 3 We Wish You a Merry Christmas
4 Royalty
5 Evil Schemes
6 Ice Leopard Chase
7 4 Deck the Halls
8 5 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
9 6 Season of Love (movie version)
10 Princess in Love
11 The Theme
12 7 Jolly Old St Nicholas
13 Jean Bob
14 8 Angels We Have Heard On High
15 12 Days of Rothbart
16 9 Christmas Is The Reason
17 The Hag
18 Root of Perrywinkle
19 Cutting Down the Chimes
20 10 Food for the Poor
21 11 God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
22 12 Joy to the World
23 13 The Great Escape
24 14 Away In A Manger
25 The Great Chase
26 15 Here We Come A-Caroling
27 The Countdown
28 Rothbart's Wrath
29 The Great Animal
30 Aliens
31 16 Derek's Rebirth
32 Epilogue
33 17 Christmas is The Reason (reprise)
34 18 Season of Love (Anna Graceman)


Common Sense Media gave the film 2 out of 5 stars. The website reads, "Animated sequel lacks magic; some mild violence."[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. pp. 305–306. ISBN 9781476672939.
  2. ^ "The Swan Princess Christmas Music CD". Amazon. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  3. ^ "The Swan Princess Christmas Music: Various Artists". ITunes. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  4. ^ The Swan Princess Christmas Soundtrack. ISBN 1564899810.
  5. ^ "The Swan Princess Christmas Movie Review". www.commonsensemedia.org. Retrieved 2022-06-13.

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