The Swan Princess Christmas

 
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Animated sequel lacks magic; some mild violence.
  • Review Date: March 31, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 84 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Love, and the joyful feelings of Christmas, can defeat the darkest magic, foiling the careful plans of even the most evil of wizards.
 

Positive role models

Derek and Odette understand that friendship and family are what make Christmas so special, unlike some of the other characters who think the holiday is all about spectacle and who can stage the biggest celebration.

Violence & scariness

The hero does battle with wild animals and an evil wizard, using his bow, sword, and even his bare hands. The fight scenes don't have any graphic or overtly violent images, though a few moments might feel pretty intense for very young kids.
 

Sexy stuff

A couple hugs and briefly kisses.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated film is part of a series of movies about Odette, a princess who was magically transformed into a swan, and Derek, the handsome prince who came to her aid. In this installment, the happy couple visits Derek's home during the holidays, where they help others learn the true meaning of Christmas. Unfortunately, the evil wizard Rothbart is plotting to ruin the day. There are some fight sequences that may be intense for the youngest viewers, but otherwise the movie is fine family fare.

What's the story?

Princess Odette and Prince Derek are visiting his home for the holidays, hoping for a memorable holiday. Unfortunately, they arrive to find that some people have lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas, and are competing to stage the biggest pageant and throw the biggest party, rather than just enjoy time with friends and family. Even worse, the evil wizard Rothbart has followed them and is determined to destroy the holiday and wreak vengeance upon the happy couple. Can Derek and Odette foil his evil plan?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

THE SWAN PRINCESS CHRISTMAS, part of the long-running Swan Princess video series, brings back all the familiar characters, including the couple's animal friends, but lacks the charm of the original tale. This installment tries to merge a standard-ish sequel, featuring another dastardly plot from the couple's nemesis Rothbart, with a wholesome find-the-real-meaning-of-Christmas lesson. The result feels forced, with plot elements bolted together, including some uninspired musical numbers and a few plot twists that seem to come from nowhere. (Just how does the ghostly Rothbart manage to come up with the exact magical spell to restore his body?)

Young viewers who have become attached to the tales of Derek and Odette may enjoy seeing this holiday adventure. Otherwise, the film isn’t especially memorable or appealing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about sequels. How does The Swan Princess Christmas fit into the rest of the Swan Princess stories? Does this sequel live up to the others?

  • Is the Swan Princess a strong female? Or does she need a man to save her, like so many other fairy tale heroines?

Movie details

DVD release date:October 8, 2013
Cast:Elle Deets, Yuri Lowenthal
Director:Richard Rich
Studio:Sony Pictures Animation
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Fairy tales
Run time:84 minutes
MPAA rating:PG

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Teen, 17 years old Written byTimberHumphrey July 23, 2015
 

awful, just awful!

oh jesus, where to even start? i'm gonna start by saying: this has to be one of the worst franchises revivals i've ever seen! the CGI animation's awful, with terrible graphics and unnatural character movements, the writing's filled with non-stop stupidity and with some of the laziest and lamest jokes i've heard in years, the characters are abysmal and obnoxious, there's too much padding and pandering, it gives Christmas the middle finger and the message it's trying to teach to kids is just beyond stupid. i mean, what's this movie trying to tell us? if you whine hard enough, all your problems will magically go away? what the hell kinda message is that?! even if the movie admittedly does have a couple of entertainingly bad scenes where you can just laugh it off, it's still not saving shit! movie, please just.... go to hell!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 5 year old Written byAuthor Alys B. Cohen January 13, 2015
 

This movie is a shame to CG animation

Let's just start with the quality of the animation. It's not even on par with Pixar's Tin Soldier, which is one of their earliest shorts when experimenting with what CG animation could do. It's very obvious Swan Princess Christmas (SPC from here on) was rushed in an attempt to capitalize on a pretty dead franchise. My daughter and I tried watching this last month. She thought the people were creepy, and they are. Every character looks two second away from breaking out of human skin and revealing themselves to be monsters. All their faces look so angry and so far from natural that it was indeed freaky. What you wouldn't expect, if you've seen other movies in this franchise, is to be beaten over the head repeatedly with Jesus. I can appreciate a movie with a religious tone, but this movie was just too much, and I felt like beating my own self over the head to keep awake to finish this movie long after my the-4-year-old had fallen asleep. Dull plot that moved slower than frozen molasses as it thawed, bad animation, and Jesus being shoved down our throats, make this a movie that not only shouldn't be seen, but that should be destroyed from existence.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 8 year old Written bygirlsmitten December 23, 2014
 

Great Christmas Movie! Make it a tradition!

**Spoiler Alert** Possibly spoilers ahead.. This is fun, sweet, romantic, adventurous movie for the whole family. Christmas has come and something evil wants to put the light of the season out! Does this sound familiar? If you're a christian then I am sure it does! As for my family and I, we loved that Jesus Christ is mentioned in the movie through song. We also love that Anna Graceman sings in the movie. If you haven't heard of her, then look her up on YT. We are going to make this a Christmas tradition for our family. We like to watch Legend of the Candy Cane each yr, but it has too many scratches, and needs to be replaced. My favorite line in the movie is, "Christmas saved us.....". Give it a chance! You may like;) Not sure why it only has 2 stars!
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