A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film is intended to entertain rather than educate.
Give people a chance, work together, show compassion and empathy, and believe in yourself.
Positive Role Models
King Maximillian is kind and a benevolent ruler who encourages leaders to give people jobs instead of building jails. He brings different kingdoms together to create unity and supports his wife Queen Uberta. Uberta is kind to the stray mutts no one wants. After falling in love when them she even shares them with a child who wasn't able to adopt one. The dogs competing with one another put their differences aside to help each other.
Main characters are strong women, young and old. Little racial diversity.
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Violence & Scariness
Animated violence includes some arguments, shouting, and shoving. Brief chases. Cannons firing from pirate ships. Ship wreckage and off-camera peril, including a mother dying after childbirth and a king dying at sea.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kisses among engaged and married couples.
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Products & Purchases
Another installment in the Swan Princess franchise, which includes dolls, media, and merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Swan Princess: A Fairytale Is Born is an animated musical that's part of the decades-spanning Swan Princess franchise. It tells the prequel story leading up to when main characters Prince Derek (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) and Princess Odette (Nina Herzog) were born, then jumps forward to their coronation. As with many of its predecessors, this fairy tale is filled with animated action and music. The on-screen action is mostly limited to silly dog chases and royal disagreements, as well as cannon fire from pirate ships. Viewers also hear how Derek's father and Princess Odette's mother die, but their passing isn't shown. But most of the movie focuses on filling in the blanks of the family's backstory versus dealing with any kind of big villain or lurking danger. Expect kisses between engaged and married couples. There are positive messages about friendship, kindness, and loyalty, as well as empathy and compassion. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This addition to the Swan Princess franchise gives a unique look back at the story long before Odette and Derek were born. The Swan Princess: A Fairytale Is Born is fairly easy to follow, offering clues to the number of years between time jumps. It's not as action-packed as previous movies and focuses more on the journey of Queen Odette before she had Prince Derek instead of a villain with violent tendencies. In fact, the main villain, a rival queen named Wilxom, has a minor role and tends to be a more comedic adversary than someone scary or evil.
Fans of the Swan Princess movies will likely enjoy getting the backstory of Princess Odette's mother and Prince Derek's father. Though the violence is kept to a minimum, there is still some peril as the story sheds light on the passing of those characters who were never around in the other films. Those unfamiliar with the Swan Princess should still be able to follow along. Don't think this is a finale of any sort, though. The movie ends with a looming cliffhanger and a bold "to be continued" note.
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