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Beautiful Love Story and Definitley Worth Watching,
This review is from: The Swan Princess (Special Edition) (DVD)
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). As much as I love the "Far Longer Than Forever" sequence, Derek and Odette's constant hand gestures got a little weird. In one part it looked like they were using sign language to convey what they were singing. The second thing-"No More Mr. Nice Guy". This is Rothbart's, the bad-guy, song. The music was fine, it just wasn't evil enough. When I heard the line "I intend to eat their lunches" I was like "what?" I mean, how weird is that? Personally I don't think putting kick me signs on people and eating people's lunches is very evil. It needed to be eviler, since he was an evil dude.
This movie is awesome and I love it to death. I'm a 15-year-old girl who can't get enough of this movie. It is a beautifully crafted, simple fairy tale. I highly recommend this movie.