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The Swan Princess (Special Edition) (1994)

Jack Palance , Howard McGillin , Richard Rich  |  G |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Palance, Howard McGillin, Michelle Nicastro, Liz Callaway, John Cleese
  • Directors: Richard Rich
  • Writers: Richard Rich, Brian Nissen
  • Producers: Richard Rich, Jared F. Brown, Matt Mazer, Seldon Young, Terry L. Noss
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AVZGC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Swan Princess (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Read along: Odette's Book of Wonderful Friends
  • Games: Help Odette Prepare for Her Wedding, Practice Practice Practice!
  • Sing alongs

Editorial Reviews

From the director of "The Fox And The Hound" comes THE SWAN PRINCESS, a magical, musical animated adventure based on the classic fairy tale "Swan Lake" that captured the hearts of audiences around the world! The winner of the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence and the Parents' Choice Award, it's the heartwarming story of the beautiful princess Odette, who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer's spell. Held captive at an enchanted lake, she befriends Jean-Bob the frog, Speed the turtle and Puffin the bird. Despite their struggle to keep the princess safe, these good-natured creatures can do nothing about the sorcerer's spell, which can only be broken by a vow of everlasting love. Universally cheered and revered, THE SWAN PRINCESS is bursting with color, dazzling animation, beautiful music and features the vocal talents of Jack Palance, John Cleese, Steven Wright and Sandy Duncan! It's an exciting adventure you'll want to relive again and again!

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites June 19, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'd just like to say that, as a 16 year old, I STILL sit down and watch this movie. As do all of my freinds -we're getting ready to go off to college and wondering how in the world we'll afford DVD players to watch this movie.

The real reason I'm reviewing is because there's a particular review that totally bashes this movie that rather infuriated me. I would like to state here and now that this is a children's movie, and therefore of course it has holes in it. But I've noticed that a lot of things in real life have holes in them as well; nothing is perfect. And I'm also appalled that a mother who watched this movie through to make sure it was all right for her kids even suggested that the evil villain kill Odette and marry her double. Why didn't the villain of Barbie's Swan Lake just kill the Prince instead of bothering to leave him alive? That whole CHILDREN'S MOVIE thing comes to mind...

Personally, I love just about every song in this movie. I find all the characters fun to watch, and no matter how many times I see the film I always forget that Derek's friend gets lost in the forest... I also find it quite charming that for once, a princess doesn't fall in love with the prince IN 10 SECONDS! Oh my gosh, WHAT a concept that Derek and Odette have known each other for YEARS instead of MINUTES and therefore have an actual UNDERSTANDING between one another instead of love based on appearances. I also like that Odette, for all that she loves Derek, originally protests marrying him because he says he loves her only for her beauty. Do I hear a message being sent to audiences? That looks aren't all that matter? Why, yes! And do I hear Derek telling Odette that he loves her "for her kindness and her courage" at the end when he's finally able to put it into words?
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Fairytale July 19, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This classic fairytale story is based on possibly the most famous ballet of all time - Swan Lake. It is loosely based however, and follows the traditional Disney pattern of storytelling with romance, adventure, slapstick, musical numbers animal sidekicks, and of course with love conquering all.
Princess Odette (Michelle Nicastro)and Prince Derek (Howard McGillin) are betrothed from an early age by their parents in the hopes that their two kingdoms will be united. The only problem is - the two can't stand each other. However, unlike most other romance movies where the hero and heroine go through many trials before realising they're in love, Odette and Derek fall for each other within the opening five minutes of the film as they grow from child to adult during the opening song. However, due to Derek's claims that Odette's beauty is the only thing that matters to him, Odette rejects his marriage proposal and she and her father return home to their kingdom. They do not get far however - the evil Count Rothbart (Jack Palance) is waiting for them, and transforms into a terrifying beast and kidnaps Odette, changing her into a swan. At the reclusive lake that Odette is taken to, Odette learns that she is a swan every day, except for an hour each night when she changes back into human form. The only way to break this curse is for her one true love to make a vow of everlasting love and prove it to the world. Rothbart's reasons for kidnapping Odette are to force her into marriage so that he might take over the kingdom. Odette refuses, convinced that Derek will save her, and with her animal friends Speed the turtle, Jean-Bob (John Cleese) the frog and Puffin the (what else?) puffin they lure Derek to the lake to witness her metamorphosis for himself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Princess Odette and Prince Derek have been urged since childhood to wed and unite their kingdoms by their nosey parents, only truly learning disdain for one another. When Odette's father is killed by a mysterious shape-shifting beast and Odette is kidnapped, Derek must search and train for a fight against an unknown power for the hand of his true love. The songs are enticing and the animation, while not-quite Disney quality, is still engrossing. John Cleese voices one of Odette's nature-friends, which is always a bonus.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Love Story and Definitley Worth Watching March 30, 2005
This, in my opinion, is the best animated movie ever made. The story is beautiful, the characters are strong (Derek in particular), the music is wonderful, and the animation is awesome! Odette is the typical princess; blonde, blue-eyed, and kind. When captured and turned into a swan, she definitely turns into a damsel in distress, but she has a strong personality and isn't afraid of anything or anyone. Prince Derek is by far the best character. It seems awful that he insults Odette (accidentally and unknowingly, sadly-typical guy), almost kills her, and then makes a vow to the wrong Odette, but it is so hard not to love him. His archery skills are also very kick-butt which is cool. Lord Rogers and Jean-bob are also hilarious.

The music is very good as well. "This Is My Idea" is so awesome. I find it totally cool that Odette and Derek hated each other when they were kids and it was fun to see them fighting. "Far Longer Then Forever" is a beautiful song and is every bit comparable to "A Whole New World" and all those Disney songs. Although many people say that the song "Princesses on Parade" is an annoying song, I like it a lot and I think it is very catchy. Side Note-how weird would it be to have an entire ballroom full of girls swooning and actually fainting at the sight of you?

Okay-the best scenes (no huge spoilers). By far the best scene was the sequence when Derek was trying to kill Odette in swan form. This was a very powerful scene. It also shows Odette's strength, something nice to see from a DID. It was also cool when Odette chomped up those roses in her swan form. It's worth watching the movie just to see that.

Every movie has it's faults, so here are some (although they are not very bad).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A full flight into fantasy
This is good story telling and a wonderful fantasy ride. What I loved most about this film was that it was an ode to the classic animated films of the past. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jaime Contreras
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for children...
I bought it specifically for my children. They are little and were both reluctant to watch something new but by the end were asking to watch it again. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Douglas A. Franklin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I think the storyline is great, but the film itself didn't meet my expectations.
Published 16 days ago by suzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Very cute! Loved it!
Published 16 days ago by Peachykeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
Loved this movie as a kid and now my daughter loves it to!
Published 22 days ago by CariJo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase
Great Movie, bought this for my 2yr old. Im still waiting for the dvd. I ended up watching it via streaming&made me remember when I would watch it as a child. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Lucille Smagge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my son still likes this movie after 10 yrs
Published 28 days ago by bspringer
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie as a kid
I loved this movie as a kid, so I had to get it as an adult. Still as good as I remembered it.
Published 28 days ago by Libby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful movie.
Published 1 month ago by I. Kozlik
3.0 out of 5 stars the colors are too bright and not very accurate to ...
the colors are too bright and not very accurate to the original VHS i had a long time ago.
Published 1 month ago by nora
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