Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: November 18, 1994 Released by: New Line Cinema
Director Richard Rich, a veteran Disney film maker, used over 200,000 individual cells to make The Swan Princess. It is a quality work with a good musical soundtrack. Having a release date opposite the rerelease of The Lion King will diminish the film's success.
The individual cell process, a mainstay of the classic Disney animation features, has begun to be replaced by computer enhanced animation. The new system is far more dynamic and less limiting than the old cell with background process.
Based on the fairy tale Swan Lake, a young prince, Derek (Howard McGillin) and princess Odette (Michelle Nicastro) are committed to each other by their families when they are very young. Sandy Duncan is the voice of Queen Uberta, who constantly pushes the two together. Jack Palance is the voice of the villain, Rothbart. Rothbart captures the princess and turns her into a swan during the day. At night, in the moonlight, she returns to human form. The prince must save the princess from her captivity. A frog, turtle and puffin help in the rescue and provide the comic side kick action.
The Swan Princess is good but it will appear a little static after seeing the big animated features like The Lion King.
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