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The Swan Princess II: Escape from Castle Mountain

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Charm replaced with cartoon violence in lackluster sequel.

Movie G 1997 71 minutes
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The story no longer bears any resemblance to its namesake "Swan Lake" ballet and is now simply a by-the-numbers good-versus-evil tale that moves from one action sequence to the next. Richard Rich and the team behind the charming musical fairy tale The Swan Princess hoped to achieve similar success with this sequel. Unfortunately, neither the story, the music, nor the characterizations live up to the standard they created in the original. Sorely missed are the the wonderfully conceived song-and-dance numbers with their sly cultural references, as well as the vocal talents of John Cleese, Steven Wright, and Jack Palance who brought distinction and vibrancy to the supporting roles. In this film Princess Odette is relegated to secondary status, in support of Prince Derek and his conflict with the evil Clavius.

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