The Stolen Princess

Movie review by
Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media
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Strong characters, some stereotypes in fairy tale adventure.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 90 minutes

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age 5+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Brings the work of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin to the attention of kids.

Positive Messages

The importance of friendship and teamwork. The value of kindness. What it means to be brave and adventurous.

Positive Role Models

Princess Mila is independent, brave, and adventurous, but is a secondary character to the men. She has strength and determination but is frequently depicted as a victim, needing to be rescued. Her father, the King, even offers her hand in marriage to the bravest knight. In the end, though, she saves the day and is instrumental in defeating the baddies. Ruslan is charming, kind, determined and chivalrous -- with aspirations to do well in life. One of the knights is depicted as a stereotypical French aristocrat -- impatient, annoyed, and arrogant.

Violence & Scariness

The movie opens with an intense magical duel between wizards, which includes a staff that throws fireballs and a character being tied to a stake and gagged. A character has a spell cast on them that makes them age suddenly and painfully. More cartoonish battles take place throughout, and characters are often chased or trapped. Gangsters threaten someone with a dagger and a sword, but they escape and a slapstick fight ensues. Mildly scary characters include magical smoky spirits and a sinister fire-breathing dragon.

Sexy Stuff

One brief kiss.

Language

"Shut up," "butt kick," "brat," and "hysterical woman."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Stolen Princess is a lively Russian (dubbed into English) animated adventure suitable for all ages with mild cartoonish violence and no explicitly offensive content. The movie is based on a Russian fairy tale and features classic tropes such as wizards, dragons, knights, and princesses. However, its efforts to depict strong role models are diminished by some tiresome stereotyping. This is most notably demonstrated by the fact that the only female roles are princesses in need of rescue, while male characters portray the brave knights intended to save the day. Any violence is cartoonish and slapstick. But characters are threatened with swords and daggers, and there is a duel involving fireball-throwing staffs. Some characters, such as magical spirits and a fire-breathing dragon, supply some mild scares.

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Adult Written byal54321 March 23, 2021

I'm done with common sense media

This movie is great. Not too scary, fun magic, not the greatest animation but still good enough. The review talking about stereotypes and stuff about the fema... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Set in a fairy tale land, THE STOLEN PRINCESS tells the story of Ruslan (voiced by Daniel J. Edwards), a traveling actor who dreams of becoming a knight. He meets the beautiful Mila (Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld) and, not realizing she is a princess, falls in love. When Mila is kidnapped by the wicked sorcerer Chernomor, the King announces that the knight who saves her will have her hand in marriage. Now Ruslan is on a mission to find Mila and defeat Chernomor. Along the way he encounters a mystical cat, teams up with a naughty hamster, and takes on a series of magical challenges.

Is it any good?

Though The Stolen Princess has many of the right elements for a quality animated fairy tale, it won't be knocking Frozen or Tangled off their perches any time soon. Vibrant and colorful with impressively illustrated scenery, it's stuffed full of imaginative plot lines and varied characters with some entertaining slapstick humor. There are magical quests, high-octane battles, evil cupcakes, and an eccentric cat. But all the anthropomorphized creatures (and food) in the world can't gloss over the bizarre lack of female characters and frustrating stereotyping.

Mila has the makings of a legendary movie princess -- bold, feisty and curious, but bored, frustrated, and amusingly clumsy -- so it's a great shame she is destined to be the kidnap victim in need of rescuing who misses out on most of the action. The Stolen Princess certainly has adventure, a few laughs, and a colorful charm that will appeal to younger viewers. But in a world full of smart and stylish animations, this one is probably not sophisticated enough to impress older -- or movie-savvy -- kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fairy tale stereotypes in The Stolen Princess. Discuss why brave knights, wicked sorcerers, and princesses that need to be rescued don't necessarily make good role models. Why must we be careful of stereotyping people?

  • Discuss the lack of female characters. How could the movie have incorporated more roles for women? How does it compare to other animated movies with strong female role models? Why media role models matter.

  • This movie is adapted from a Russian fairy tale. How does this movie compare to other movies that are based on classic fairy tales, for example Frozen and Tangled?

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