The Swan Princess

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Classic story is less scary than most animated fairy tales.

G 1994 89 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 6+

The Swan Princess

The film has great immediate and underlying themes including being true to yourself and understanding that love is more than just looks. This is easily recognisable when she refuses to marry Deric because he only loves her because she is beautiful, when she refuses to kiss the frog and when she continues to refuse Rothbart even though it would save her easily. She stays true to herself and shows a fair bit of girl power. Love the music and songs behind it and so do the kids. The lovely, if a little traditional, message of the importance of fidelity and true love in marriage is nice as well. Some kids may find the dragon thing a bit scary so just judge it on the individual, maybe check out the "creature" in a youtube clip if you're worried. don't bother watching the sequels, the animations and plots are terrible.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 7+

Become a swan!

Mostly for the nostalgia purist crowd and kids that loves an old fashioned animal adveture. Dated, but can still scare some kids. TV star Casper Christensen from Klovn was one of the celebrities in the Danish dub. In consumerism lots of Swan Princess DVD sequels and versions.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

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