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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Promotes honesty, good manners, kindness, importance of apologizing, diversity, gratitude, and following one's dreams with determination. "In this world, the best thing to do is apologize." "You need a little crazy to make your dreams come true."
Positive Role Models
Main characters are brave, compassionate, grateful, and work hard to achieve their goals. Featured characters, while often silly, are also ethical and well-meaning. Diversity is depicted positively.
Violence & Scariness
Mild action includes a chase with warriors using spears (no hits or injuries); a bow and arrow used to get a "drop of blood" from a willing dragon; a sorceress angrily throwing objects at an animal.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sweet kisses.
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Products & Purchases
Another entry in the Swan Princess franchise, which includes dolls, media, merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Swan Princess: Kingdom of Music is the ninth in a series of The Swan Princess movies. Fairy tale romance is center stage in this entry; action is minimal. Kingdom of Music tells the story of an annual worldwide musical competition just before teen Princess Alise's coming out party, and, as in the original, an evil spell must be broken. In the spirit of diversity, the finalists in the music competition are from European, Asian, Indian, and Latin countries. Filled with music, innocent kisses, and the funny, sometimes wise animated characters who make up the world of Princess Odette and Prince Derek, it's a movie well-suited for kids who are comfortable with a few mild action sequences (a young princess chased by soldiers who throw spears to try to capture her; a bow and arrow used to get a drop of blood from a willing dragon; and a brief skirmish occurs between a sorceress and a flying squirrel.) No one is hurt. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A fanciful story with lots of rooting interest for its young royalty, along with witty dialogue and charmingly funny characters, make this movie a welcome entry in The Swan Princess franchise. And the music is surprisingly good for a direct-to-DVD endeavor. Once again, Princess Alise is the central character, but Princess Odette and Prince Derek play much more significant roles than they did in some of the earlier movies.
The two stories -- Princess Alise and the music competition and Mei Li and Chen's dragon curse -- are separate but mostly equal. Director Richard Rich, who has been at the helm for all nine of the movies, keeps the action flowing, the jokes coming, and the characters well-defined. The Swan Princess: Kingdom of Music may be about affairs of the heart, but the females are spirited, competent, and enterprising, and that works.
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