Odette, the Swan Princess is back for the 10th time in The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding. I'll admit, after the original I did not know the franchise continued. But I am very happy it did! But is The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding good for younger children? I'm breaking down the plot (no spoilers), animation, the G rating and share my thoughts on the latest addition to this storied franchise.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding for review purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding
Join Princess Odette, Prince Derek and their royal friends as they set sail for another magical adventure in the enchanted land of Cathay! Princess Odette has been called by the beautifuland kindPrincess Mei Li who is planning to marry her one true love, Chen. Upon Odette’s arrival she quickly discovers that everything is not as it should be. And not everyone is WHO they should be! The evil sorceress Fang has once againcast an evil spell, launching a plan to marry Chen herself. With the wedding quickly approaching, it is up to Mei Li’s loving brother Prince Li along with Princess Odette and the rest of her royal friends to break the curse so the real Princess Mei Li can marry Chen and live happily ever after.
The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding Parent Review
This new tale is set in the magical land of Cathay. Cathay is a historical name for China and most of the film takes place on a background that depicts the hills and mountains of Asia and our main characters (even Odette and Derek) wear traditional Asian garb.
The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding piggy-back's off of The Swan Princess: Kingdom of Music, released in 2019.
Having not seen "Kingdom of Music", I was a bit lost at first in the beginning moments of "A Royal Wedding".
But after those first minutes passed, "A Royal Wedding" is certainly a stand alone film and watching the prior movie is not necessary to enjoy "A Royal Wedding".
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The Animation Style
The animation style of The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding is more like the kind of animation you would find in a high quality video game and less like computer animated films you would find from other movie studios. The movements of the characters are a bit more stiff (and there are times when you question if the characters have teeth) but the scenery is certainly stunning.
Note: There is an entertaining scene of an "old-school" style video game around the 40 minute mark.
The G Rating
When a movie is rated "G" it means it is suitable for "General Audiences".
There is certainly no foul language, no nudity and no violence.
There are however, a few mild scares and some tense moments.
One mild scare involves a giant spider, in a darkened room. This scene is quick and our heroes are removed from said danger (I know, I said no spoilers but this isn't giving anything away, I promise).
Another tense moment comes towards the end of the film and involves a giant snake. A quick scene change may leave littles afraid that something terrible has happened to our main princess.
But I promise you, this fairy tale has a happy ending.
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My Final Thoughts
Kids of the 90's who are now parents will certainly be hit with some nostalgia while viewing The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding.
While it has, admittedly been years since I viewed the original I quickly recognized a ton of characters!
Along with Princess Odette and Prince Derek, there is Puffin, Speed, Jean-Bob, and Queen Uberta (Prince Derek's mother).
The storyline is easy to follow once you get passed the opening sequence. Since this movie is a continuation of a storyline from a previous film, the characters who live in Cathay aren't fully introduced to the audience in "A Royal Wedding", but you can certainly watch this film without watching "Kingdom of Music".
Every fairy tale needs a villain and the evil sorceress, Fang definitely fits the bill.
Fang has an evil plot against our prince and princess but she also makes for most of the movie's comic relief.
Age recommendation: 3+
For younger viewers, this film's storyline may be a bit hard to follow and it is very dialogue heavy.
I don't know about you, but I'm ready to binge watch the rest of the Swan Princess saga!
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