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Swan Princess V: A Royal Family Tale

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Sustained peril gives fairy tale sequel a creepy edge.

Movie PG 2014 83 minutes
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Kids who are fans of the series may find an amped-up, if jumbled, installment here. SWAN PRINCESS V: A ROYAL FAMILY TALE looks more like an animated video game from the mid-2000s with a plot dropped into it than a modern animated comedy based on the Swan Lake ballet, but that isn't its only, or even worst, fault. With a needlessly convoluted plot and sustained peril, the movie obscures what sweetness lies at its heart -- a movie about the many forms family can take. Instead, there are explosions, complicated plots about changing stones and false prophecies, sleep potions, and numerous plodding scenes that drag the movie forward at a confusing pace -- to say nothing of too many flying squirrels to keep track of -- while adding a relentless dose of peril to boot.

Parents of younger kids may want to hold off on this seemingly sweet fairy tale that instead packs a lot of fright -- creepy smoke streams, evil flying squirrels, murderous plots, and an adopted child who is kidnapped for the most of the film -- until they are older.

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