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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Classic good triumphs over evil. Prince Derek, the hero, learns a valuable lesson about what is truly important in life. Loyalty, courage, and unselfishness defeat greed, meanness, and a thirst for power.
Positive Role Models
The heroes and heroines are smart and upright. Even the most humble creatures have much to offer. The villains are depicted as power-hungry, egotistical, and dangerous.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence includes: swordplay, characters plunging from mountain tops and cliffs, threatening fires, explosions, hostage taking, prince being sucked into quicksand, crocodiles harassing heroes, a frightening wolf. Villains fall and disappear into deep crevasses, never to be seen again.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Three sweet kisses between married prince and princess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sequel has more cartoon action and violence than the original Swan Princess. There are explosions, threatening fires, spooky music, crocodiles with gnashing teeth, several falls from a mountain top, an episode in which the hero appears to be sucked into quicksand, a scary wolf chasing the heroes, a landslide crashing down upon the prince, and more. It should also be noted that the emphasis is on the fun of the chase and the derring-do of the characters rather than the effects of all the violence. There is no blood; no one dies on screen; and, though a very lovable frog is unconscious for a period of time, none of the heroes is seriously injured. The two villains, however, plunge from a cliff and are never seen again. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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