The Trumpet of the Swan

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Sweet animated movie about finding your voice; some peril.

G 2001 75 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 4+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 4+

Do your kid a favor and read the book to him instead!

I watched this movie with my almost-4 year old. As a parent I could say that it was an okay movie. Other than the shooting at the end, the movie was fine for him to see/hear. I was glad that the shooting didn't "reveal" anything (blood/guts), though we have discussed guns & dying already at length at home (3 & 4 year old boys seem to be a bit obsessed about those topics!). As an adult watching it though, I have to say that it was a waste of time. I have to agree with a previous reviewer that the dialogue was terrible! I actually rolled my eyes at some parts, the dialogue was so banal. Overall I wouldn't buy/rent this movie (it was a rainy morning thing to do at the house that we rented while on vacation), and I would actively discourage my son from seeing it again--I would steer him more towards something educational like Sesame Street or Super Why--as it's not going to benefit him by watching it again. Once was fine, but I wouldn't encourage watching it more than that. I will read the book with him however!
age 6+

Why is it that after Swan Princess, Richard Rich started to suck?

This is without a doubt the worst thing he has pumped out. I liked the idea and the story wasn't too bad either, but my god, the dialogue in this was dreadful, the songs were irritating, making The Scarecrow's 'great' tracks look good by comparison (I don't see you taking off points for that, CS!) and there are even times where the scriptwriters so obvious forget what they've written. One such example is when Louie's father is supposedly shot and while he's lying unconscious, the nurse says it's a superficial injury and for some reason, this means he's not dead. Since when is a superficial injury a good thing!? The animation's okay for a direct-to-video release, but one has to remember that this was released to theaters, so it's difficult to really accept this. I will give it points though: There was one song that I liked and, again, the story was intriguing. I usually like all animated features to some degree, but I hated this one. In fact, I also hated the animated King and I from Warner Bros. Why did I give that a 3? Furthermore, why can't reviews be edited on this site? I find it ironic that I actually liked Thumbelina but hated this when Thumbelina's storyline was much more contrived.

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