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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids may take an interest in Chinese culture from this film's portrayal of some ancient customs. Parents may have an issue with the physical portrayal of the princesses.
Love and loyalty are valuable traits that win out over selfish or callous acts. "Where there are pure hearts and good works, there is always hope."
Positive Role Models
Friends and family risk their lives to save others. A young woman cares for elderly people who are unhoused. A sorceress uses her powers for evil but is undone by the good deeds and intentions of others. The princesses are drawn in a way that promotes an unrealistic body type/image.
Violence & Scariness
An evil sorceress who shoots lasers out of her eyes can magically imprison people inside a painting. She plots, schemes, threatens, chases, tries to kill people. She turns into a fire-breathing snake, splits a character in half (he's fine), and transforms another character into an old lady about to die (she recuperates). When the emperor banishes the sorceress from the kingdom, he seethes, "If you do return, you will forfeit your life!" A spider spits webs around two people in order to trap them and presumably kill them. A pet frog, puffin, and turtle escape near-death situations played for laughs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An engaged couple shares several kisses.
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Products & Purchases
Part of he Swan Princess franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding continues the franchise with a sweet tale full of adventure in an attractive setting. The small kingdom of "Cathay," a name historically used by Europeans for China, draws from ancient real-life Chinese customs to make the fictional culture feel as magical as the Swan Princess herself. Kids will get a kick out of the humor, which is used to soften scarier moments. An evil sorceress, for instance, gives herself laughable pep talks and props after each nasty deed. Among her scarier actions are when she uses her powers and laser-beam eyes to turn a young princess into an old woman on the verge of death, transform herself into a fire-breathing snake, and destroy a bridge two characters are about to run across. Another fright comes when a spider spits webs around two characters in order to trap (and presumably kill) them, but the scene is resolved quickly, and the characters are saved. Two characters who are engaged to be married share several kisses. The princesses are drawn in a way that could be seen as promoting an unrealistic body type/image. 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 movie offers good-hearted fun for younger kids. The Chinese-inspired location is appealing, and fans of the franchise will enjoy this latest installment of familiar characters. The Barbie-esque depiction of the princesses and the tired royal wedding cliché could grate on some viewers' nerves, but ultimately it's the women who must save the day in The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding, displaying courage and intelligence along the way. Good wins out over evil in the Swan Princess universe, and that's a message that should never get old.
The customs and setting of the China-inspired location offer some depth to the tale, including wall-sized murals that tell the history of the royal family's ancestors. A neat plot device has characters getting stuck inside the painting. Older viewers will also appreciate the humor in the movie. Derek's father's desperate attempts to keep his wife from making a fool of herself are cute, and the always wisecracking sidekick animals get the last laugh. "Why does she have to be called Fang -- why not just be Tooth?" the frog wonders.
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