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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple hugs and briefly kisses.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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