Parents' Guide to

The Swan Princess: A Fairytale Is Born

By Jennifer Borget, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Sweet animated prequel has positive messages, peril.

Movie PG 2023 86 minutes
Swan Princess a Fairtytale is Born movie poster:  in text at the top of the movie promo and a pair of king and queens stand below

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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

Sad, meaningful knowing death can happen to everyone.

This review is from my 6 year old daughter-There’s lots of dying of nice people which adds sadness as they were really good characters. The friendship bits are sweet.
age 4+

Torture to endure

The worst cartoon movie I’ve ever had to endure! They story and characters were all over the place. It was like they spliced different ideas into this movie at different times. Over halfway through and animals can talk. The queen looked like an old woman so it was confusing when she became pregnant.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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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