November 11, 2019




We would like to thanks Sony Pictures for sending our family a copy for review.

In case you are not in the know, The Swan Princess was 1st released on November 18, 1994. Yep, almost 24 years ago! It doesn't seem like it's been that long ago since I was a teenager, but I guess I am showing my age. In case you didn't see it then it's the perfect time to bring it home to enjoy. Princess Odette falls in love with Prince Derek from another land, but an exiled magician Rothbart. Rothbart, who wants her for himself conjures up a spell to transform her into a swan. Forced to embark on a dangerous quest to reverse the magic, the princess is helped along by some new-found animal friend Jean-Bob. To find out how it all turns out, in the end, you really need to get a copy of your own! It's truly a film that the entire family will fall in love with all over again!

In honor of the 25th anniversary of THE SWAN PRINCESS, the animated classic will be available in brilliant high definition for the first time ever, with a collectible anniversary edition Blu-ray and in 4K HDR on digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on October 29th. To celebrate the new release of this fan-favorite, creator and producer Seldon Young is bringing the film back to the big screen for a special Pink Carpet Premiere event showcasing the new, fully remastered version at the famed ArcLight Cinemas - Hollywood on October 24th.

One of the last major theatrically-released films in the US to utilize a hand-drawn, hand-painted CEL animation style, THE SWAN PRINCESS opened to critical acclaim. The film went on to receive a 1995 Golden Globe®-nomination and become the number one selling home video title in the United States when first released. As the franchise creator and owner for the last 25 years, Seldon Young has helped spread the story of THE SWAN PRINCESS across more than 119 countries and out to millions of fans worldwide, through the franchise’s ongoing distribution partnership with what is now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Columbia TriStar Home Video at the time), which has seen the series grow to nine full-length feature films and a vast social media following.

“How has the legacy of our original THE SWAN PRINCESS film continued for 25 years?” asks Young, who can often be seen in his native Utah and at fan conventions around the world in a custom, pink argyle suit, dotted with images of the beloved Swan Princess characters. “It’s all because of the fans, and now we’re so excited to share this beautifully restored version with them and new generations to come!”

“For the restoration and remastering process we retrieved the vintage, vaulted negatives and set to work using the amazing advances in HD conversion technology, to create an even more vivid and stunning film than ever before,” continued Young.

The story of THE SWAN PRINCESS began with Director Richard Rich, an animation filmmaker trained in the Disney tradition of animation where he went to direct films at the studio. Inspired by the German fairytale and ballet about a princess who is a swan by day and princess by night, Rich worked with film founder Seldon Young and Executive Producer Jared Brown, to make Princess Odette the subject of their first joint venture onto the silver screen with THE SWAN PRINCESS.

The result is a magical, musical animated adventure film based on the classic fairy tale "Swan Lake,” now celebrating its 25th anniversary. A Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence and the Parents' Choice Award winner, THE SWAN PRINCESS is 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. THE SWAN PRINCESS is bursting with color, dazzling animation, beautiful music and the vocal talents of greats from the Broadway stage and film screen including, Jack Palance, John Cleese, Steven Wright, Sandy Duncan, Michelle Nicastro, Howard McGillin and Liz Callaway.

The 25 anniversary Blu-ray release includes an all-new featurette entitled “A Look Back, Tease Ahead,” plus a variety of additional archival features. THE SWAN PRINCESS has a runtime of approximately 90 minutes.

Director: Richard Rich
Executive Producers: Jared Brown and Seldon Young
Co-Executive Producer: Matt Mazer
Co-Producers: Terry Noss and Tom Tobin
Producers: Richard Rich and Jared Brown
Story By: Richard Rich and Brian Nissen
Screenplay By: Brian Nissen
Cast: Jack Palance, John Cleese, Steven Wright, Sandy Duncan, Michelle Nicastro, Howard McGillin and Liz Callaway

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