The Swan Princess Christmas

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Animated sequel lacks magic; some mild violence.
  • PG
  • 2013
  • 84 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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Parent of a 2-year-old Written byMamaKuno December 4, 2018

On Par with the Barbie movies

So I was hesistant to watch this movie with my children, given the negative reviews I read about this movie. After watching this movie with my daughter and son,... Continue reading
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... Continue reading

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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?

Part of the long-running Swan Princess video series, this movie 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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